(HDR image of fence and fields at sunset, in Fincastle VA.) Yesterday evening we found ourselves in Fincastle, Virginia, rolling up near closing time at Fincastle Vineyards and Winery (also a B&B). Nancy hurried into the tasting room, hoping we weren’t too late. I had to pause. The long rays of the sunset light brought extra warmth and glow to the early fall scene, turning the white picket fence a little yellow and emphasizing the occasional fall yellow or maroon reds (not yet at full glory, but just a little more dramatic for their sudden appearance in a landscape that is still mostly green).
Every Fourth of July Nancy and I invite a group of friends and neighbors to cruise on a deckboat on Lake Thoreau at sunset, to watch the evening’s impromptu celebrations of Independence Day. Enormous, professional-grade starburst shells go off overhead as bottle rockets inscribe arcs over or between the boats. The whole thing is spontaneous and unplanned. Our music was a mashup of Sousa marches and patriotic country. This is America’s birthday, lake-style.
It was very relaxing and enjoyable being “snowed in” for the very dramatic “Blizzard of 2010,” which we spent at our house in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. I brought two cameras: the Nikon D700 DSLR for best quality and artistry and the “little” Canon G9 that I could stuff in a pocket for protection if we went out amongst the weather. We went out in the storm and I took lots of pictures, which have been posted on www.RickCollierImagery.com.
Rehoboth Beach, USA
Springtime shots of dogwood blossoms on a sunny spring day provide a bright contrast to today’s present February snow, ice, rain, and drizzle. Wasn’t “snowmageddon” a stupid rubric for the press to choose for a snowstorm? And announcing the launch of the new web sites, RickCollier.com, www.RickCollierImagery.com, and this site, thePhotoTourist.
Coles Point, Virginia, USA Click here to share or send a greeting with this image. My darling wife Nancy just told me this is her favorite view. We are sitting on the screened porch of her sister’s river cottage, here on the Northern Neck of Virginia overlooking the Potomac River. Nancy loves coming to the […]