Did a three-day motorcycle trip through the Shenandoahs to Blacksburg, Floyd and Alderson, West Virginia—in the saddle about 8 hours each a day. I needed to get away!
The next few shots show early fall colors along the Blue Ridge.
And through the miracle of time-lapse photography:
Founded in the 1830s, Floyd today has a booming economy based on churches, mortuaries and yard sales. There’s a factory nearby, but it’s for lease.
I told my friends to just shoot me if I came back from this trip craving ribs. I’m still off the pork BBQ, but I’ve accultured enough to like grits. (But then, I add cardamom to make “cracker kheer”.)
The family isn’t forgotten—the sign is “Slusher Store Rd.”
Went to a town festival in Lewisberg W. VA. Didn’t take any shots of the festival, but did go to the nearby Greenbrier River, shown below in late afternoon sun.
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Green Bank West VA has the Reber Telescope in front. It was one of the first radio telescopes, built by Grote Reber (my grandfather’s name, but not sure if he’s related) and donated to NRAO in 1937. Grote then became interested in VLF signals, and is living today in Tasmania, one of the few places where the 1-2 Hz range gets through the ionosphere.
zAnd here it is:
The 100-meter dish in the distance is the world’s largest steerable array.