Whitetop Laurel Eye Candy

April 27, 2015 § Leave a comment

Sunday, April 26, 2015, it was unseasonably cold and overcast–it almost felt like a fall day.  We had bad thunderstorms to the north, but the rainfall was scattered across Southwest Virginia.  So late that afternoon my son and I decided to go head up to Damascus and see how the creeks were running.  We fly fished Whitetop Laurel Creek, and while the water was on the higher end of optimal conditions, the fish were hungry.  We caught a number of brown trout in the special regulation section of the creek using large Parachute Madam X flies.  We figured because the water wasn’t crystal clear, we’d give the trout something that would catch their attention with the heavier than normal flows.

Wild Brown Trout - Check out those perfect fins, buttery yellow belly and the brilliant spots

Wild Brown Trout – Check out those perfect fins, buttery yellow belly and the brilliant spots.  Photo by K.J.T.

Brown Trout 4.26.15

Dark Bronze Beauty. “Selfie” by E.R.T.

 

 

Afton Mountain Morning View

April 26, 2015 § Leave a comment

On April 20, 2015, I traveled from Southwest Virginia to Richmond for business.  The prior evening there were terrible thunderstorms all across Virginia, but the remnant moisture and fog in the valleys made for some beautiful scenery on the Blue Ridge.  The following photos are from Interstate 64, coming off of Afton Mountain looking south.

Afton Mountain View 4.20.15 closer

Misty Mountains

This panorama shows the extent to which the clouds and fog enveloped the lower ramparts of the mountains:

Afton Mountain View 4.20.15

Nelson County Mountains Panorama

 

 

Morning Mountains

April 17, 2015 § Leave a comment

March 16, 2015

March 16, 2015

March Sunrise 2015

April 17, 2015 § Leave a comment

Early morning mist amplifies the Abingdon sunrise colors and bathes Mt. Rogers and Whitetop on March 12, 2015

3.12.2015 Whitetop sunrise v2

Snowy Washington County Courthouse

February 24, 2015 § Leave a comment

Southwest Virginia got hit with a series of snowstorms in late February 2015.  These photos show the Washington County Courthouse over the weekend, with the streets of Abingdon abandoned except for a few pedestrians.

Washington County Courthouse, February 21, 2015

Washington County Courthouse, February 21, 2015

This photo shows the courthouse looking east.  Holston Mountain is in the background.

Washington Courthouse Cupola with Holston Mountain in the background, February 21, 2015

Washington Courthouse Cupola with Holston Mountain in the background, February 21, 2015

Southwestern Virginia Blue and Orange

October 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

These photos were taken on bank of the South Fork of the Holston River in Alvarado in the late afternoon of October 19, 2014.

Ridiculously Blue Sky Contrasts with Fall Colors on the Bank of the South Fork of the Holston River, Alvarado, Virginia

The Riverbend with Holston Mountain in the Distance. Note the Blue and Orange Reflections in the river.

Park at Alvarado

The Park, maintained by the Town of Abingdon, is on the right.

Jackson River at Hidden Valley, Bath County, Virginia

October 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

The Jackson River is one of the most renowned trout streams in Virginia, flowing south until it merges with the Cowpasture River forming the beginning of the James. There are two generally known sections of the Jackson River—the lower Jackson, below the dam at Moomaw Lake in Alleghany County, and the upper Jackson, a free-flowing river in Bath County with headwaters reaching almost into Highland County.

Jackson River in Hidden Valley

Jackson River

The photos in this article are about the upper Jackson.  This section of the river flows through a lengthy, roadless section of the George Washington National Forest, about three and a half miles of nothing but river with a walking trail.  For Virginia (and most any Eastern state), this is a lot of pristine riverfront without road access.

In October 2013, my sons and I traveled here, and we walked and fly fished most of the river.  The fall colors were at their peak, absolutely stunning.

Special Regulation Section

Entering the Special Regulation Area

 

Footbridge

Footbridge Crossing at the Special Regulation Area

 

14" Naturalized Brown Trout

14″ Naturalized Brown Trout

 

Jackson River downstream of the bridge

Beautiful Clear Water

 

Clear Water

Good Pools and Submerged Boulders

 

Sun Over Jackson River

Upstream within the Special Regulation Area

 

The Mountainside Aglow with Color

The Mountainside Aglow with Color

 

Brilliant Orange Colors

Brillant Orange Colors

 

Hidden Valley Colors

Yet More Colors

 

Not a Bad Day Fishing

Heading back to the car after hiking and fishing in Hidden Valley

 

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