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I am an English teacher and writer from West Virginia. Photography is one of my loves, although I have no intention of doing it professionally. I have a loving wife and two amazing daughters who change my life every day.
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Mary Alice,

I am a born and raised West "By God" Virginian. Our state gets a lot of ridicule as being boring, but if you were born here it's really tough to leave and many regret it when they do. You should pay our state a visit some time. I try my best to take photos of places most people don't know about or notice on a normal basis. I've passed this church many times, but until I stopped to take a picture, I really didn't think about how beautiful it was.

Thanks again for your kind words.


Good point of view - is the silhouette effect intention?



LOL! My mom was going to buy this print from Steve Payne - a 5 X & is something like $300! - and she wanted a 12 X 16. Luckily, I found out where it was taken. Needless to say, Walmart sells 12X16s for around $15. Talk about saving money while having a good time! =D

Where is this? Is this a pic of the river?

VERY nice! It's funny because I saw that you commented on several of my photos, and yet I thought you were my best friends wife and so didn't respond. Her name is (get this) Lauren Davidson! She just got a computer last year and I didn't "think" she knew enough yet to make comments here. I thought her husband might have set it up... maybe as a joke. They live in Teays Vally, sort of close to St Albans. Now I know! Great shots by the way...

Okay, now that I have things straight, this is Virginia's Chapel just outside of Cedar Grove. Here is what the historic marker next to it says (with some additions in parentheses by yours truly):

"Virginia's Chapel was built in 1853 as a (graduation) gift for William Tompkins' daughter (Tompkins was the first American to use natural gas for industrial purposes). Used by both sides during the Civil War, Methodists acquired the church in 1901. Building lengthened in 19th century, cupola added in 1912. Placed on National Register in 1974 and deeded to Upper Kanawha Valley Senior Council in 1979. "Old Brick Church" was restored in 1981 using preservation grants and many gifts."

Yeah, I'm not sure either. I saw it on Google Earth, but I'm in FL until October, so I can't check it out. =/

Thanks for your visit WolfDreamer1112. I'm glad you like the pic. This area is a nature reserve with deer and any number of insects like butterflies. There are lots of places like this hidden away almost from the usual tourist trail. When I went there last year I didn't see another soul. Best wishes, purdey

I couldn't help but feel envy for these little boys. I wanted to play in the fountain, too.



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