Pipe Vine Swallowtail

Searching for good photographic subjects on Big Walker Mountain, I happened upon a group of these large, blue and black butterflies.  My friend James Shelton, who is quite the amateur entomologist, tells me this butterfly is a Pipe Vine Swallowtail.

Crystal Springs Panorama I

Panoramic photograph of Crystal Springs near Wytheville, VADuring my recent business trip to Wytheville, VA I had some time to fill after work.  One evening I rode my bike to Crystal Springs.  I took 10 photos and stitched them together for this panoramic view of the springs.  Click on the image to see a larger image of it.

Mountain Stream

panoramic photo of a mountain stream

During our ride down the Creeper Trail from Whitetop to Damascus, we stopped at this mountain stream for a quick break.  I stitched together several photos to create this panoramic view of the stream and its flowing water.  Click on the photo for a larger view of it.

James River July Morning

panoramic photograph of the James River

During a morning walk along the James River it amazed me how much the river has changed since the spring.  The water is lower and there’s a lot of aquatic vegetation that wasn’t there just a few months ago.