Last Saturday marked the 6th annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk.
I have participated in 5 of them, I don’t think I knew about the first one back in 2008. I was just getting started with my interest in photography back then.
I have done 3 in Richmond, one in Charlottesville and this year’s in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia under the guidance of host Jeff Revell, a photographer and book author whose blog I follow.
I am an explorer at heart, I love to pore over maps and imagine what the various places are like. My husband is not always willing to be drug around to unknown places (like Culpeper, Virginia which is getting to be a joke between us) and I admit that in the past, some of the towns we visited were disappointing with little to do (for us, anyway). But with a camera in your hand, any place can be a goldmine of photo opportunities. And Harpers Ferry, West Virginia is one of those towns seen on the map that I wanted to explore. When I saw that Jeff was hosting a walk there, I signed up on the spot. Never mind that it’s a 3 hour drive from my house. Never mind that I got up at 4:30am, hit the road at 5:30 and got there a little before 8:30. I’d call that dedication LOL.
We met at the Amtrak station, which would not come up on my Garmin GPS to save my life. It doesn’t have a regular street address that I could find anywhere, so I ended up plugging in just the street name, figuring at least I’d get close. And I did fine. It helped to look at the satellite map the night before so that I could gauge my surroundings.
Harpers Ferry is on the Potomac River and it is not flat. Far from it. Jeff said our walk would be strenuous in places, and he was right. We started walking on the street out from the station and the street next to that one was up on a hill or a bluff or whatever it might be called. There are a lot of granite outcroppings in the area. These steps were grueling:
I love to photograph signs. They are self-explanatory.
How timely is this one? I don’t know how long it’s been in the window. Considering that the government shutdown affected the Historical Park in town, it could be a very recent addition.
Of course, the bathrooms at the Historical Park were closed.
It was too early for dramatic fall color, but there was this one tree that was spectacular.
We walked through a cemetery:
And past a “haunted” house:
Surprised to see such colorful flowers in October:
and this is St. Peter’s Catholic Church (at the top of those steps) which rang its bells and was so picturesque:
I so enjoyed this walk with the exception of the biting gnats that swarmed constantly. I’m still itching. It was unseasonably warm at 90 degrees, but at least we didn’t have the humidity of one walk back when they were held in July. It was 100 degrees that time and one of our walkers had to leave due to heat stroke or near to it.
My thanks to Jeff Revell for mapping out a great photographic route for us and getting the town to set up porta-potties. If you are in the Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia area and get an opportunity to take one of Jeff’s walks, I highly recommend it.