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Legendary Woodticks 1 of 3 / 2003, Elkins WV

Legendary Woodticks 1 of 3 / 2003, Elkins WV
Made by Larry Gassan
Augusta Heritage Festival, 2003 They put the whiskey and danger back into mountain music. Blame it on my limited exposure. These guys were jamming at 0130 Thursday morning. This is typical at Augusta. It must also be said that playing on the porch of the Halliehurst Mansion is playing on the largest expanse of a well-cured hardwood sounding board in 50 miles. The sound goes in and then vibrates up and out through your bones. I can only imagine what it does for dogs or whales. Steve Larrance, a drummer acquaintance, was counting phrases, losing track, and then he'd catch up. It was a West Virginian Indian raga; a very long verse/phrase that went thru a theme, and then did a turnaround way off in the distance. And come back at you full force. Now that they had that going, a guy walks up with a pocket cornet. I thought Oh shit, something very cool is about to happen. Well duh. This gent starts dropping these Don Cherry licks in at the absolute right places. My hair stood on end! This was shit-hot, no brakes, full-throttle, no-tomorrow music making. Don't waste another minute. Guitar: David Polechko. Cornet: I.B.Browning, of Buckhannon WV. Fiddle: Ed

Scott Street - Elkins, West Virginia

Scott Street - Elkins, West Virginia
Made by fsmphoto
Photographed this at night in Elkins, West Viriginia. I was interested in the composition of this image - all the framing, lines, shapes, shadow and light. My photographer friend and I were out until midnight making images in a 3 block area of Elkins. I was shooting with 35mm digital and 6x7 medium format film. He was shooting with 4x5 color negative. Right when we were wrapping up the last images of the night a police car approached us on the street with our cameras still set up. We both thought to ourselves - we might just get questioned at length, harassed or even arrested. Instead the police car slowed down, gave us an extremely fast look and then sped off down the street - engine gunning the whole way. After that happened, we both concluded it was definitely time to wrap up photography for the night. We had been photographing in the same area for about two hours. I shot this with a Mamiya RZ using a 110mm f/2.8 lens - film was Ilford XP2 Super rated at 200 ASA. Exposure was 40 seconds at f/5.6

Summer Camp

Summer Camp
Made by waywuwei
In the summer, my cousin Larry and I used to go to a camp in West Virginia. It was a Catholic camp run by the Salesian Brothers. In the winter it was an agricultural school. There were horses and cows, a pool fed by a mountain stream, a very rural experience for two city boys. There were the usual camp activities, but the thing we most loved was to get chosen to go out into the fields with Brother Ewald, a tall incredibly strong guy from Montana who ran the farm. We would go out haying and if our luck was right we might even get to drive the tractor. Brother Ewald was our hero, he never dressed in those strange brother uniforms, even on Sunday. He dressed like a field hand and was very quiet. In this picture taken in our dorm, Larry had me take a double exposure of him so he would have two heads and four arms.

Lemuel Chenoweth's home -- Beverly, West Virginia

Lemuel Chenoweth's home -- Beverly, West Virginia
Made by Harry Hunt
Lemuel Chenoweth was West Virginia's most famous designer and builder of covered bridges. This is his home, which was built in 1847, and sits just southeast of the site where the Beverly Covered Bridge was once located. That bridge, built by Chenoweth in 1847, was on the Staunton & Parkersburg Turnpike. The Beverly Covered Bridge burned during the Civil war and Chenoweth rebuilt it in 1873. The state dismantled the bridge in 1951. Previous in this photostream is an Historical Marker for Lemuel Chenoweth. For more information on my West Virginia trip, see the .

Heron at Spruce Knob Lake

Heron at Spruce Knob Lake
Made by eScapes Photo
Our 36 hours in West Virginia were punctuated mostly with rain - and always with mist. We drove up to Spruce Knob - which is the highest point in all of West Virginia at just a hair under 5,000 feet. Just about 900 feet below the summit sits the 25-acre Spruce Knob Lake. We walked the wonderful foot path around the entire place. About halfway around, Kevin spotted this Great Blue Heron dining on the abundant fish dinners available in the shallows of the lake. It was raining lightly and yet we stood and watched as the bird gorged...

Elkins Water Works, ca. 1921, Elkins, Randolph County, WV USA (Art Deco)

Elkins Water Works, ca. 1921, Elkins, Randolph County, WV USA (Art Deco)
Made by Dixon Marshall
This building is still in use. One wonders if the City of Elkins appreciates what a jewel this is. It is badly in need of a power cleaning. Just view this large and check out those cool lamp posts, and the detail of the chimneys. There is a multitude of architectural gems in Elkins--I think it is one of the most beautiful small cities around, and I plan to do a photo series on them. Hopefully, I can get back there when it is not snowing! sRAW

M13, Hercules globular star cluser, 6/30/11

M13, Hercules globular star cluser, 6/30/11
Made by mcarroll190
Hercules globular star cluster, taken with modified Canon Rebel XS through Orion 80ED telescope with field flattener / focal reducer (FL=510mm, F/6.4). Location: Elkins, WV. Total exposure time of 60min, with 15 subexposures at ISO1600 for 240s. Additional 10 exposures at 60s each used for core of M13. Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker with dark, flat, and bias calibration frames. Final processing with Photoshop CS5 and Noise Ninja.

A staircase leads to a attractive river & riverbank.

A staircase leads to a attractive river & riverbank.
Made by Tim Kiser
I had these built so that I can walk down to the riverbank when ever I want to. As the workmen sawed their boards and hammered their nails, I drank a bottle of Dasani and fanned my self with a folded-up copy of USA Today that I had been given at my hotel that morning. --------- Shavers Fork in the Stuart Recreation Area in the Monongahela National Forest, near Elkins, West Virginia.



Made by mdmarkus66
U.S. Homestead A federal New Deal project to move families back to the land during the Great Depression. Homes had water electricity, barn, chicken coop, cellar, and garden. Community had school, gas station, workshops, lumber mill, and quarry. U.S. government built 198 homes at Valley Bend and Dailey. Sold to private owners in 1946 - 47. West Virginia Archives and History, 2008

NGC7000, North American nebula, 6/30/11

NGC7000, North American nebula, 6/30/11
Made by mcarroll190
North American nebula, taken with modified Canon Rebel XS through Orion 80ED telescope with field flattener / focal reducer (FL=510mm, F/6.4). Location: Elkins, WV. Total exposure time of 136min, with 34 subexposures at ISO1600 for 240s. Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker with dark, flat, and bias calibration frames. Final processing with Photoshop CS5 and Noise Ninja.

The Jabberwock

The Jabberwock
Made by neshachan
I had heard of this place (and, I admit, have snitched it's handbill posters before for my Alice in Wonderland collection...but only if the show was over!), but I never knew exactly where it was and had never seen it until this visit. Never been there though. They have a lot of live music, probably due to the college I'd guess.

Advertising on Blackman-Bosworth Store -- Beverly, West Virginia

Advertising on Blackman-Bosworth Store -- Beverly, West Virginia
Made by Harry Hunt
This appears to read S. N. Bosworth Bargain Store. In 1881, Squire Newton Bosworth bought the store. His descendants lived there until the building was sold to the Randolph County Historical Society in 1972. Previous this photostream is an image of the store. For more information on my West Virginia trip, see the .



Made by mdmarkus66
Army Headquarters 1861 This village was held by Colonel George Porterfield until he was relieved of command by General Robert Garnett (C.S.A.). In 1861, it became the headquarters of Generals George McClellan and J.J. Reynolds of the Union Army. West Virginia Archives & History 2008

Train Station

Train Station
Made by neshachan
The old train station in Elkins has been converted to a visitors center and museum. The folks inside are very friendly and were kind enough to stay open late for us so we could stop in and browse, learn some stuff, and use the restroom. If you visit Elkins, make sure to drop by!

Timothy Keyes and the Sinks of Gandy

Timothy Keyes and the Sinks of Gandy
Made by Ben Kimball
This stream and re-emerges a mile on the other side... and you can (sort of) cave the route! One small danger was that floods had just completely shifted the sediment in the streambed and we were up to our necks in water where it was only supposed to be waist deep. Kinda scary.

Norton, WV.

Norton, WV.
Made by extra156west
This was an old C & O branch line that went from Norton to Coalton / Mabie. This line is still in for about 1 mile from Norton then it becomes a trail all the way to mabie. This view is looking northeast. They had car storage on this line when I took this picture in 2006.



Made by mdmarkus66
Huttonsville Named for Jonathan Hutton, its first postmaster, in 1813. Students from the local academy joined the Confederate Army, 1961. The first military telegraph to advance with an army in America came here, July, 1861. West Virginia Archives & History, 2008

Mosaic of North American and Pelican nebulae, 7/1/11

Mosaic of North American and Pelican nebulae, 7/1/11
Made by mcarroll190
North American and Pelican Nebulae, taken with modified Canon Rebel XS through Orion 80ED telescope with field flattener / focal reducer (FL=510mm, F/6.4). Location: Elkins, WV. Mosaic created in Photoshop using 2 frames from 6/30/11 and 7/1/11.



Made by chadplusplus
If you descend back behind the campsites at Bear Heaven Campground, you'll be treated to an amazing moss covered rock garden which rivals Coopers in severity, but not size. Here, the forest reclaims one of its own.

HallieHurst

HallieHurst
Made by mikemac29
On the campus of Davis and Elkins College, is Sentor Elkins former mansion. www.davisandelkins.edu/about/campustour/halliehurst.htm



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