Potomac Panorama

On the Maryland side of the Potomac you can walk from Harpers Ferry all the way up to Shepherdstown or further courtesy of the C&O Canal. On the West Virginia side things are a little more limited. But you can walk along the river a way. Which is what I did here, walking until I reached an old rubble dam usually refered to as Dam # 3 (but originally apparently called the Armory Dam). As you can see it makes for an impressive panoramic view of the river.

Sunrise On The Potomac

This is another spot that I photograph on a regular basis. This is where the Shenandoah (on the right) and The Potomac (on the left) meet and the Potomac then heads through the Blue Ridge Mountains and on towards DC. It's also essentially where three states meet with Maryland on the left across and Virginia on the right, while I am standing in West Virginia. Plus... it's pretty. This panorama is stitched together from about a half dozen images taken in portrait orientation. The same shot could basically have been achieved using about three landscape photos but I've switched to using portrait for the simple reason that it gives you a much higher …Read more  »

On The Hill, Across The River

Another photo from my weekly walk around Harpers Ferry. Actually in this case I was on the C&O Canal path across the Potomac from Harpers Ferry when this scene caught my eye. Harpers Ferry really is built straight up the side of a steep hill and here you can see the rows of houses above the rail bridge that crosses the Potomac. Once again I'm playing with my post processing to create a more stylized painterly effect. It's not quite so obvious on the shrunk version, but if you look at it full sized I think it works quite well. perhaps my favorite of my attempts so far.

Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, usually referred to as the C&O Canal  runs parallel to the Potomac River from Cumberland, Maryland to Washington D.C. A length of around 184 miles. It operated for almost 100 years (from 1831 to 1924). It is now maintained as a National Historical park and makes an excellent walking/running/cycling route. This photo was taken opposite Harpers Ferry. The fog from my other photos is still clinging to the hillside here.

Looking Down On Harper’s Ferry

Another photo from one of my weekly walks around Harper's Ferry. It' seems there's just no shortage of wonderful views in that town. In this case I'm on the (steep) path up to Jefferson's Rock (yes that Jefferson) looking down on the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers with the ruins of St. John's Episcopal church in the foreground. They say that grey, cloudy days are bad for landscape photography, but that's overly simplistic. With the right angle and lighting they can actually be very atmospheric. You'd be hard pushed to identify this as Spring though wouldn't you?