Zombiemart — Part 1) Night Shift (1st Draft)

Zombiemart is weekly serial sequel to The Wolves of West Virginia, which is available on Kindle. Enjoy Part 1) Night Shift. One of the sucky things about working at a superstore is the night shift. Even if the store itself isn’t open 24 hours a day, there’s still a night shift because someone has to stock those shelves ready for the eager hordes of greedy shoppers the next morning. And if it is open 24/7? Well then you get to stock the shelves while harassed by said greedy shoppers. Usually not hordes of them though. Most of them like to sleep. However, if you happen to be in dire need …Read more  »

The Wolves Of West Virginia Part 2: The Missing Girl

The post below is part an early draft of one of the parts of my ebook The Wolves of West Virginia, which is now available on Kindle. You are free to read and enjoy it as is, but may prefer the more polished version. [amazon template=multinational&asin=B00RQUSRUM] My phonecall to the Shepherdstown police was singularly lacking in useful information. They were polite but particularly uninformative about the missing Naomi. Ongoing investigation; pursuing a few leads; no comment.  Someone had just done a refresher course on how to deal with the press. Oh yes, I may have given them the impression that I was a reporter of some sort. It’s not technically true, but I hear …Read more  »

The Wolves Of West Virginia Part 1: A Wizard In West Virginia

The post below is part an early draft of one of the parts of my ebook The Wolves of West Virginia, which is now available on Kindle. You are free to read and enjoy it as is, but may prefer the more polished version. [amazon template=multinational&asin=B00RQUSRUM] Shepherdstown is overrun with werewolves. That’s Shepherdstown, West Virginia for those of you who are wondering.  Most of you probably. It’s a small university town in the eastern panhandle of the state. The bit that’s really more like an annex of Northern Virginia. And if you’re just passing through (lovely tourist spot as it happens) you certainly wouldn’t notice werewolf activity. Dig under the surface …Read more  »

Loudon Heights Overlook

Here's a different look at Harpers Ferry. This time round I hiked up Loudon Heights rather than Maryland Heights.While the walk up Maryland Heights is pretty much straight up (well round and round up I suppose) Loudon Heights is a bit more spread out. First you go up, then you walk along the spine of the mountain for a way.At the end of the trail you get this view which is definitely worthwhile.Next time I go up there I need to try out my telephoto lens and get some closer shots of Harpers Ferry itself.

Amber Waves of Grain

Okay well technically it's just regular grass but work with me here. It's also actually a Civil War site, but again, let's not be picky.This panorama is at Harper's Ferry National Historical Park, but it's no at the bit everyone goes to. This is the Murphy-Chambers Farm.While not nearly as visited as the primary site, it does make an excellent walking area with 1-3 miles of mostly flat ground (there are a few ravines if you choose to take them).Amongst other things here you can see the footprint of the John Brown Fort and a gorgeous vista of the Shenandoah River.There are also some earthworks since this is where Confederate General …Read more  »

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.

Foggy Shenandoah

The Appalachian trail runs through Harpers Ferry and crosses the Shenandoah  River via a pedestrian section of the road bridge.It's not a particularly pleasant walk what with the cars and trucks speeding by. But they have put up a barrier in between so you don't feel like you're about to be crushed the whole time.All of which is a very long winded way of explaining that this shot was taken from that bridge looking down on a very foggy Shenandoah. Oh and I can technically claim to have walked on the Appalachian trail.I played around with the processing on this one again to get the painted look. I particularly like what it …Read more  »

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  »