A Photographic Study of All Things West Virginia


Welcome!  My name is Michael Lilly, and this photoblog is a spin-off from my regular website www.lillyphotographywv.com.  I plan to post new work here for a test drive before deciding whether or not it will be printed, so expect to see a variety of images.  Also might have a word or three to say from time to time.  Thanks for visiting!

Mike Lilly

Pinch, WV


21 responses

  1. Bob Zingo

    Hi Mike,

    Great waterfall picture, the combination of flow and fall colors are hard to come by in NY.

    While I was researching one of the many WV Lilly lines I found your blog. Are you at all interested in genealogy?

    I would like to find which of the Lilly lines are yours. (I am assuming you are not a N.C. transplant.) If you are willing to send me some basic information on your line back a couple generations I will reply with a chart of your Lilly ancestors. This is a hobby of mine, no cost, no obligation. Hope to hear from you soon.

    Bob Zingo

    February 2, 2014 at 9:33 pm

  2. Lorraine


    We’re in the middle of relocating to WV and I fell into some of your pictures you had of abandoned houses, I believe they were in Roane County, but I’ve been known to be wrong.

    Anyway, I fell in love with a blue cape, with wildflowers in the front. It had a steel roof. Now, of course, I cannot find the picture. The name on the photo was abandoned #4. It was a road that had many homes abandoned. I looked on your website, but could not find it. Can you help me with this quest?

    August 24, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    • Hey Lorraine,

      I think the photo you’re looking for is: https://lillyphotographywv.wordpress.com/2010/09/20/abandoned-4/

      This home is along Johson Creek Road in Roane County, in the vicinity of the community of Walton but way back in the hills away from the main highway (US 219).

      Hope this helps, and hope you enjoy WV!

      August 25, 2013 at 8:06 am

  3. Great photography! I’ve always had an interest in abandoned buildings and houses, all the stories they could share…
    As an artist I’m always looking for inspiration and images that motivate me, and you have a lot of them!

    May 29, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    • Hey Erik, thanks very much for the comments, I really do appreciate it.

      June 2, 2013 at 9:14 pm

  4. elmediat

    You have been nominated for a KREATIV BLOGGER AWARD . Congratulations ! 😀
    See: Post 600: Thoughts on Blogging, Education & Life

    January 27, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    • Hey, thanks Elmediat! I’ve been away for a while, appreciate the comments.

      January 29, 2013 at 12:54 am

  5. pamela -(little willey)

    Sounds great. Love to see you pic. Brightens my day.

    August 1, 2012 at 8:25 am

  6. Glad you stopped by Mike. I really like your photos of WV. I was in Morgantown for several years. I worked at the medical center and have 2 degrees from WVU. WV is on of our nations hidden gems…it is a beautiful state and your photos do it justice.

    July 30, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    • Thanks for the kind comments Humbled Pie, much appreciated. WV seems to instill a lot of pride in it’s residents and expatriates, lots of photo ops here for certain. Good to hear from a fellow WVU grad!

      July 31, 2012 at 9:36 pm

  7. Pamela Honaker

    Thank you here is my e-mail

    March 7, 2012 at 8:45 am

  8. Pamela Willey Honaker

    Mike, I have viewed your photos and they are all very beautiful. I also saw the ones in the Wonderful W.Va. Magazine, very nice. This, among others reasons is why I’m writing, hoping you can give me a word or two of advice and direct me in the right direction. I’ve been taking photos most of my life with whatever kind of camera I could get my hands on. I’m now 55 years old, retired and bored, with have a better camera and a nice collection of photo of W.Va. that I’d like to publish somewhere or start a site like you and many others have done. I just don’t know where to really get started and this is what I need help with. I really could use some help if you have the time. I really love your work and mine too are a lot like yours. Thank you for the photos and for your time.

    February 27, 2012 at 11:40 am

    • Hi Pamela, thanks very much for the nice comments. If you would be so kind as to relay me your email address I’d be glad to share some ideas with you in regard to websites etc.

      Sorry it’s taken me so long to get back with you, I’ve been away from my blog for a few days.

      March 6, 2012 at 11:14 am

  9. Lisa Martin


    I love your work. You do a masterful job of capturing WV in all its many incarnations, You should consider adding Pinterest to your social outlets.


    January 15, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    • Lisa, thanks so much for the kind comments. I will give Pinterest a look-see.

      January 17, 2012 at 9:55 am

  10. Your pictures are breathtaking. Thanks for sharing!

    October 14, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    • I’m glad you like them, thanks very much!

      October 14, 2011 at 11:06 pm

  11. Paul Siciliano

    I will certainly be taking a ride that way in the very NEAR future. I am always prepared to come back with “something” from every trip I make. If nothing else…I will be riding that way to drink up the landscape. Mike…you really capture “it” in your shots.

    Thanks for the reply….maybe coffee when I head that way..it would be great to meet you!


    August 31, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    • Paul, drop me a note when you’re heading this way. If I’m able to swing it I’d be glad to meet up with you for a coffee or lunch or something. And at the very least I can point you towards some of the sights.

      August 31, 2011 at 9:59 pm

  12. Paul Siciliano

    I cant begin to tell you how beautiful I think your pictures are. I am a recent transplant to Virginia Beach and have fallen back to woodworking to try to make a living during these times. I attempt to harvest materials from old structures (barns, homes, sheds, Old factories etc) and make furniture and other items I am hoping to sell. For starters..I wish we were closer to one another so I could employee you to take pic’s of what I make so I can assemble a catalog, website & so on. The other thing is I MUST visit your area where some of these pic’s are to see if any materials could be had! There are those who rape the abandoned structures and there are those who appreciate them (and our fellow human beings) and try to removes pieces of it so it may live on..perhaps as an heirloom or something. Anyway…awesome pic’s sir..I have bookmarked your page & intend to view it often. Your pictures capture exactly what it is that motivates me in what I do. Thank you & warm regards! PJS

    August 31, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    • Paul,

      Thank you so much for the kind comments, I really do appreciate it. Here in West Virginia there are scores of old structures that are on their last legs. It’s sad to see, but when you venture into the countryside you find them everywhere. I would hazard a guess that you could obtain a truckload of weathered wood from those structures in short order, it would just be a matter of finding cooperative property owners. If you ever did make it out this way I’d be glad to point you towards some of the locations in my photographs.

      Thanks again for the comments!

      Mike Lilly

      August 31, 2011 at 9:36 pm

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