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Virginia Creeper trail use to be a railway, now converted in to the bike and easy hiking/jogging path. I think it is totally runs for about thirty miles, but the most popular segment is between White Mountain and Damascus, about seventeen or so miles. It constantly cress cross a small mountain river and there are many bridges, more than thirty of them. Each one is numbered.

This dog was hanging out at this bridge, waiting for his owner or maybe he is local and just likes to see people going each way. He moved around quite a bit so we had to hang there for a few minutes before I took this one. 

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Caffeinated in Roanoke

I took this photo back in Summer of 2010, not even sure if these signs are still there. I haven’t been back to Roanoke in the last 18 months. I hope its doing well and continue development of its downtown, as it was pretty lively back then.  Anyone driving south HW581 through Roanoke downtown will see these signs, obviously they are much cooler after dark. You can’t see on the photo, but the coffee pot is animated, with coffee pouring into the cap.

btw, to get fine details of the neon signs I used Photomatix selective deghosting for different parts of this photo.


Virginia Creeper Trail

This Fall I wanted to take a picture of every bridge on the Virginia Creeper Trail. It didn’t happen. One reason is that I didn’t bike through the entire trail in the Fall, well that is pretty much is the reason. We went there right in the middle of the Fall color season but could not make all 17 miles from White top to Damascus. I think there are around 30 of them on the trail, all look and made slightly different. All of them were made to hold a train, but I think many of them were rebuild since the train tracks were taken down. You can see that construction materials are the same as used on the railroad tracks, big and strong.

For this bridge I was trying to find something interesting in the foreground and decided to use this plant, I called it Rabbit Ears plant. It is very low to the ground and it took me a few takes to get it all in at the right angle. BTW, I think it is much better if you look at this image in large format – just click on it and it will be open in higher quality and larger format. Thanks for stopping by!

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