Posts Tagged ‘Virginia’

Great Falls of the Potomac

September 9, 2019

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My Beautiful Bride and I visited the Great Falls of the Potomac several years ago, and, of course, I took lots of pictures. Recently, when looking through them, I used Photoshop to make one of the photos look like a charcoal sketch. I rather like the result, so I’m sharing it with you.

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Hazel Mountain Overlook

November 27, 2014

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Betsy and I spent the Thanksgiving Weekend in 2011 in the Shenandoah National Forest, enjoying Skyline Drive and the beautiful scenery it presented.  We stayed in Skyland, venturing out each day to explore the area.  An early morning stop at Hazel Mountain Overlook along Skyline Drive allowed me to capture the photo upon which this watercolor is based.

Head Foremost Mountain

November 20, 2013

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Betsy and I drove along the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive in November a couple of years ago.  We stopped at most — if not all — of the overlooks along the way.

One of the overlooks in Virginia offered a view of Head Foremost Mountain.  The mountain in the distance seemed to float between the mist below and the clouds above.

The picture on which this painting was based is shown below.

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Morning in the Mountains

January 15, 2013

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This is a drawing based on a picture I took on an early November in 2011 at Hazel Mountain Overlook on the Skyline Drive in Virginia.  The day started very foggy and cloudy, but as the sun came up it started to break through the fog and clouds.  We came upon this sight a few minutes later.  There were still clouds in the valley below us, but some blue sky could be seen in the sky above.

The picture on which this drawing was based is shown below.

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Cahas Mountain Overlook

January 19, 2012

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We drove along the Blue Ridge Parkway in August of 2010 on our way to Peaks of Otter Lodge to celebrate Betsy’s birthday.  The day started bright and sunny, but a storm started moving in during the afternoon, hiding the scenery beneath clouds and haze.  I captured this view at the Cahas Mountain Overlook south of Roanoke.  The mountain was nearly hidden, and rain was beginning to fall in the valley below.

The picture on which this drawing was based is shown below.

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Abbott Lake in the Morning

January 2, 2012

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Betsy and I enjoy staying at the Peaks of Otter Lodge when we are in the area around Bedford, Virginia.  The lodge borders man-made Abbott Lake, and many rooms have a balcony overlooking the lake.

This was the view from our balcony early in the morning on our Thanksgiving trip.

The picture on which this drawing was based is shown below.

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Headforemost Mountain

December 15, 2011

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I’ve enjoyed learning how to convert photos into line drawings so much that I decided to try converting a picture into a water color painting.  The image above is the result.

We got this view of Headforemost Mountain (I don’t know how the mountain got its name) from an overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia.  We found the picture of the mountain above the mist to be enchanting.

The picture on which this water color was based is shown below.

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Bridge at Abbott Lake

December 12, 2011

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Betsy and I enjoy staying at Peaks of Otter when we are in that part of Virginia.  One of the attractions of the park is Abbott Lake.  This arched bridge is on the walking path around the lake.

The picture on which this drawing was based is shown below.

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