Oh Shenandoah

It’s been a warmer year than usual and autumn colors are slow to show themselves. Visiting Shenandoah National Park in my perennial trip with my hiking friends from the Mountain Club of Maryland, I brought a photographer friend and we arrived early to enjoy the scenery. My true reason for visiting was to climb the…

The Milky Way in Shenandoah

Night photography is starting to intrigue me and even more, finding the elusive Milky Way along the eastern seaboard of North America. I’ve had two opportunities recently to get away from the bright city lights. First in the lowcountry of South Carolina, and most recently in the Shenandoah Mountains. The first thing that I’ve learned…

Rose River Falls

In search of waterfalls that tumble down from the top of Shenandoah Mountains, I was looking for some that had an easier access than others. Along Skyline Drive there are several trails that head down the mountain along beautiful streams but can pose challenging treks for many. One of the easier waterfalls to reach is…

Purple Mountain Majesties

The sloping landscapes of the Shenandoah mountains, come in many different colors. Green, yellow, orange and purple, these majestic mountains sing in beauty. Ray Charles’s rendition of America the Beautiful is the most soulful and heartfelt tribute to these Purple Mountain Majesties. Click on the image above and enjoy scenes from Shenandoah. All images are…

The Rocks of Old Rag Mountain

Old Rag Mountain in Shenandoah National Park is a geological wonder. I Choose the Mountain Howard Simon The low lands call I am tempted to answer They are offering me a free dwelling Without having to conquer The massive mountain makes its move Beckoning me to ascend A much more difficult path To get up…

Climbing up a Mountain

Once again the mountains of Shenandoah National Park in Virginia were calling my name. Indeed, one in particular – Old Rag Mountain beckoned me even more. A perennial favorite of the Mountain Club of Maryland a group of us headed out to Virginia for an autumn hike. I remember Old Rag Mountain well as it’s…

The Passing of Time at Luray Caverns

It’s time to go below. Below where it is dark and cool. Below where no light exists unless one brings it along. At the foothills of the Shenandoah mountains one can find Luray Caverns, in Luray, Virginia. Discovered in 1898, originally known as Luray Cave, these caves are now a National Natural Landmark. Over 500,000…

The Contenders

Dawn at Big Meadows, Shenandoah National Park. Time for a duel. A duel between youth and age. In one side of the corner is the ten-point buck. At least five years of age, due to the growth of his antlers. Marked with a big green “X” and a GPS signal generator for park tracking purposes.…

What Will You Discover?

“What Will You Discover?” Is the calling of Luray Caverns and Museums, located in Luray, Virginia on the outskirts of Shenandoah National Park. This natural and historical place boasts of past life in the Shenandoah Valley and mysterious caverns below the earth’s surface. Many visitors that come to see the caverns miss the wonderful opportunity…

Massanutten Lodge

Shenandoah National Park’s humble beginnings began in the late 1800’s when George H. Pollock and his Miners Lodge Copper Company partner, Stephen M. Allen purchased 5,371 acres from the Stony Man Mining Company. Not wealthy men, they schemed and managed to sell over thirty building lots on mortgage bonds planning for resort development. Then in…