One of the most fun things about photography when you live in West Virginia is shooting the dizzying array of bizarre subject matter that can be found within its borders.
The state’s motto is “Montani Semper Liberi”, which translates to “Mountaineers Are Always Free”. This state of mind is a point of pride for many of our fine residents and manifests itself in a certain independence of thought and a creative approach to solving problems.
It could be argued that some of this creativity may be born from necessity, as West Virginia is famously poor and impoverished, but as a native West Virginian I prefer to classify it as ingenuity.
The photo below is an example of this phenomenon, in this case recycling items that you have on hand to build an enclosure instead of purchasing materials that you probably can’t afford. And, perhaps, there’s a slight nod to its much older and more famous stone cousin in jolly old England.
Montani Semper Liberi indeed.