Destination: Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion, Doswell VA
Wander: Dutch Gap Conservation Area
I know Halloween 2021 is a memory now, and we’re on to thinking about the next round of holidays. But a couple days before Halloween I checked out the Halloween Haunt at the Kings Dominion theme park in Doswell VA, and made a video about it. So let’s revisit the spooky for a little bit, […]
History In Site: Dover Mill, Goochland VA
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Day Tripping: Cumberland County, Virginia
I spent the morning driving around Goochland and Cumberland counties, visiting the ruins of four different mill buildings. My first stop was Dover Mill, and the history here is just packed with astonishing details.
Day Tripping: High Bridge, Appomattox Court House, and Sailor’s Creek
I hit the road early this past Sunday morning for a proper wander–I had one initial destination in mind, and from there I thought I’d just explore and see where I ended up. And it turned out the answer was: Cumberland County, Virginia. It wasn’t a particularly long excursion, but I was pretty pleased with […]
Gear Up: Canon EOS R6 First Thoughts
For Memorial Day, I decided to make a day road trip to check out a few Civil War sites not too far afield. So I got up at my usual time, grabbed a quick breakfast, and hit the road! Nottoway Falls Park My first stop was definitely off-the-beaten-path. Not a Civil War site, but somewhere […]
Up In The Air: Pipeline Walkway, Richmond VA
I’ve been using Canon dSLR cameras for about 15 years now–I started with a Rebel XT (350D), moved up to the 50D, and then to the 7D and then 7D Mark II. Over those 15 years I’ve put together a reasonably good collection of lenses as well, from modern Canon and third-party EF-mount lenses, to […]
One Shot: RVA Illuminates 2020
As I mentioned, I recently acquired a new toy: a DJI Mini 2 drone. This thing is amazing, and opens up a whole new world of exploration, photography, and videography too. I naturally had to take it for a test run at the James River Pipeline Walkway, one of my favorite spots in Richmond. Check […]
History In Site: Ghosts of Brandermill Past
Every photo involves an element of timing. Sometimes you get lucky with timing, sometimes you can plan it. When I heard about RVA Illuminates, and saw that a full moon was coming up, I thought I’d try combining the two from a vantage point along the Manchester Floodwall. It was a chilly evening, but a […]
Destination: Maymont Estate and Gardens, Richmond VA
History is everywhere, and sometimes it remains in the form of graves and cemeteries. Let’s take a look at some history scattered around my neighborhood!
Our new home is in the vicinity of Richmond, Virginia, a city rich in natural beauty and historical significance. But it seems Richmond’s crown jewel is the Maymont Estate and Gardens, a gorgeous combination of both nature and history. We’ve been several times and only begun to scratch the surface, so consider this merely an […]