Winter is certainly not the ideal time of year to explore the Blue Ridge Parkway, but we didn’t let that stop us. Even in the winter, it was one of the most spectacular drives I’ve ever taken. We drove about an hour north on the parkway from the Visitors Center near Asheville and hiked the Craggy Pinnacle Trail, which gave us a stunning (and extremely windy) 360 view of the seemingly endless layers of mountains. (Photos from our Christmas 2016 roadtrip from Nashville, TN, to Upper Marlboro, MD, and back.)
Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham was one of the most unique places I’ve been in the US. Built in the 1880’s, the blast furnaces produced pig iron for 90 years before being shut down. The site was given historic designation in the 1980’s, and today a nice visitor center has some exhibits on its fascinating history worth checking out before you water around some minimally marked off paths that basically give you free reign to wander and climb in and out of different areas. Certain more dangerous areas are marked off, but mostly you are left to use your own common sense as you wander through tunnels, peer into furnaces, and climb up access stairs. It’s a surreal experience, and it’s all free! My photos didn’t turn out too well due to the bright noon sun, but the place is a photographer’s dream.
[35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. For more photos of my 2016 roadtrip through the South, click here.]
New England Road Trip 2015: This was probably my favorite picture taken on the entire trip. Buddhist monks getting their picture taken in front of the Church of Christian Science’s Mother Church in Boston. We spent a day in Boston, a city I had always wanted to visit. It was foggy, making for some great shots of towers fading into the low clouds. We spend most of the day walking the Freedom Trail, a historical walking tour that starts downtown and leads you, via brick line in the sidewalk, past many significant historical spots, including Paul Revere’s House, and ends up at the USS Constitution, which was dry-docked for repairs while we were there (pictures of both in the next post).
[35mm shot with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here to see all the posts from this New England road trip.]