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Season Compare: Sinking Creek Valley

Two years ago, I took Penn out to see the Keffer Oak. Afterwards, we strolled a little further north on the AT and snapped this shot of Jimmie:

Sinking Creek Valley – April 2, 2006

On my 2nd Most Expensive Hike, I did try to snag the same scenery:

April 15, 2008

I’m not sure how accurate “Season Compare” is for this pair– because one shot was taken on April 2 and the other April 15, but there are definitely differences in the leaves.

And even though the later shot was explicitly intended for a season compare, my framing was off. Do you know what that means? This week, I more accurately matched a stranger’s shots than my own. 🙂

April 19, 2008 at 9:15 am 3 comments

Season Compare: New River Gorge

Whenever I find myself feeling pretty darn good about my blog stats, I take a sneak peak at Clint‘s metrics and suddenly I feel mortal again.  🙂  Every now and then, I perform a similiar exercise on Flickr using their global tags. 

Yesterday, when looking at pictures tagged “newrivergorgebridge“, I ran across some gorgeous shots last fall by the user Trask.  Independently, a few of our shots came close to matching up.  So today’s season compare comes to you courtesy of a stranger!

New River Gorge on October 25, 2007 by Trask

New River Gorge on April 11, 2008

New River Gorge Bridge on October 25, 2007 by Trask

New River Gorge Bridge on April 11, 2008

I don’t think these are even close to Trask’s best shots– these are just the ones that happened to look similiar to ones I took!  His full set of amazing New River Gorge pictures are on his Flickr site.

April 16, 2008 at 7:53 am 2 comments

Season Compare – Caldwell Fields

Continuing my tradition of season comparison shots, here is Caldwell Fields:

Caldwell Fields – March 24, 2008

Caldwell Fields – May 14, 2007

The above combination I architected on purpose, but when I was going through my pictures, I had a bonus season compare at the creek.

Rock and Creek – March 24, 2008

Rock and Creek – May 14, 2007

More pictures from Caldwell Fields can be found on my Flickr site:

Fields in May

Fields in March

Finally, if you yearn to read more about the fields, I have written about them on this blog before. 🙂

March 31, 2008 at 9:01 am 6 comments

Frozen Stiles Falls

A hiking acquaintance of mine, Carl Cospel, visited Stiles Falls in Shawsville’s Camp Alta Mons last week. The falls were completely frozen and quite a sight! Here’s one of his pictures:

Stiles Falls – January 28, 2008 (Photo by Carl Cospel)

And for comparison. Here is a picture of the falls during the summer:

Stiles Falls – August 13, 2006

Again I find myself believing waterfalls are prettier in the winter. More pictures of winter Stiles Falls and summer Stiles Falls can be found on our respective Flickr sites.

February 3, 2008 at 11:59 am 4 comments

Falls Ridge

This evening, the dogs, Penn and I went for a quick trip to the Falls Ridge Preserve. It is located in Ellett Valley and, like Bottom Creek Gorge, it is maintained by the Nature Conservancy. Falls Ridge is a very easy hike, but super fulfilling because of the varied sights it has to offer. There is a lovely grass field surrounded by mountains, an 80 foot waterfall, beautiful creek crossings and to top it all off, there are a number of caves near the falls.

Penn playing with a stick in the field.

Penn poses at one of the many caves

Penn discovered a cave that he found scary.

A shot of the creek beneath the falls.

Cavern-like formations inside one of the caves

Wildflowers at a cave entrance

Falls Ridge in Three Seasons
Thanks to today’s visit, I now have three seasons to share from the top of the falls:



Late Fall

Penn and Falls – Three Years Apart
I also have shots of Penn at the bottom of the waterfall almost 3 years apart.

Two year old Penn at Falls – June 2004

Five year old Penn at Falls – May 2007

It is definitely a great area to visit while in the Blacksburg area. I highly recommend it to visitors and residents alike.

Related Links
My Falls Ridge Pictures on Flickr
Kevin Myatt’s Article for the Roanoke Times
“A Gift For You” Geocache Located in the Preserve
The Nature Conservancy Preserve Description & Directions

May 8, 2007 at 10:37 pm 3 comments

Season Comparison: Kelly’s Knob

I stumbled on another season comparison today (Other comparisons at Something The Thru Hikers Miss).

View from a Sunny Spring Day (2007)

View from a Overcast Summer Day (2003)

April 22, 2007 at 12:32 am Leave a comment

Cascades: One Week Apart

I have shared photos of different hiking sites during different seasons. I’ve shared photos of my work area four years apart and even a bathroom exit four years apart. Now, I present you with a more modest time frame (though not as modest as toddlers two seconds apart).

Last week, while I was hanging out with Clint, Carolyn and Ryan Somma, Mike E discovered the Cascades were completely frozen!

Mike’s picture from 2/17/2007

Today, the dogs and I headed back. After a week of weather in the forties and fifties, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The falls had melted, but there was still a lot of ice to look at!

Vicky’s picture from 2/24/2007

More Pictures
2/17/2007 Cascades Pictures on Mike’s Flickr account
2/24/2007 Cascades Pictures on my Flickr account

P.S. All my photos were taken with my cell phone camera. My digital camera broke. It appears I’m on the market for TWO digital cameras now.

February 25, 2007 at 12:50 am 3 comments

Something the Thru-Hikers Miss

Each year over a thousand hikers embark on hiking the whole Appalachian Trail. I think there is roughly a 20-25% completion rate. These hikers, even the ones who don’t manage to finish, gather up memories of the trail that I, as a mere day-hiker, can only imagine. I certainly enjoy my showers and hot meals, but I do envy the unique experiences those hikers must have. Parting with all the daily obligations of their lives, all the views they see as they travel through fourteen states, the comradery they have with other hikers and finally, the fulfillment they must feel 2000 miles later when they have completed their challenge.

Yesterday, Bill and I made a trip down to the Butt Mountain Overlook. It was a quick trip– We headed that way, admired the view, took some pictures, watch Jimmie take three dumps and two hours later we were back home. Last night when I was looking at one of my pictures of the view, I recalled I had a similiar shot from a July trip with Mike E. It was neat to flip back and forth and look at the difference.

Then I was reminded… The thru-hikers who pass through this area each year certainly have a wealth of experiences that I do not have, but there is one thing I have one thing that they don’t. I get to see this area year-round. I get to see the same spots through different seasons and different weather conditions. I get to see the blooming rhododendrons in June and I get to see them all curled up in the winter, adding a green contrast to the white snow. I know that Angel’s Rest is best in the fall, the Cascades are the prettiest in the winter* and Wind Rocks is so very haunting in the fog. In the early spring and winter I get to see extra views before the leaves are on the trees that you would never notice in the warmer months (for example you can see only Mountain Lake from Bald Knob when there are no leaves) when the thru hikers are passing through. And then when the leaves are there in the summer, I get to marvel at the beauty of all the green along with all the other hikers.

I’d say the score is still about 1279 to 2 (I’m also counting “Sitting in Larry’s Hot Tub Afterwards” as a point for me). But for what it is worth, here are some samples from my hiking photos of similiar shots in different seasons (Note: Not all are Appalachian Trail hikes). Enjoy!

Butt Mountain



Bald Knob

Spring – You can see Mountain Lake in the upper right

Summer – No Lake Visible

Falls Ridge


Late Fall

McAfee’s Knob




Strong Winter

Mild Winter


Carvin’s Cove



Pearis Mountain (Past Angel’s Rest)

Spring (this was my 30th birthday hike!)


*The Thru-Hikers would certainly struggle to know Cascades is prettiest in winter seeing as how it isn’t on the AT.

January 29, 2007 at 1:26 am 13 comments

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