A Photographic Study of All Things West Virginia


The Repair Pad

Early morning roadside scene in Quick, West Virginia.

Had a couple technique breakdowns during the making of this image, but managed to coax out enough image quality to have a passable blog post.  (Note to self:  remember to check and see if your polarizer is attached to your camera before cranking the ISO up to 1600 and trying to handhold slow shutter speeds).



Clio School

An abandoned schoolhouse way back in the hills of West Virginia.  It would appear that memories are pretty much all that remain.

Clio, Roane County, WV

Rock of Ages

Advice found along a country road in Clay County, WV.

I normally would not be able to tolerate the blown-out white sky, but since this image is about the signage instead of scenery it didn’t bother me so much.

Ivydale, Clay County, WV

Parked 3

A group of vehicle in long term parking along the Elk River, Clay County, WV.

Elkhurst Rd, Clay County, WV


In this age of personal cell phones it seems that pay phones are being slowly phased out of existence.  This particular pay phone adorns the outside of an abandoned convenience store, but the presence of a soda bottle and a cigarette package made me think that if you picked it up you just might get a dial tone.

Clay County, WV

Frosty Barn

A frost covered barn photographed on a very cold October morning in Tucker County, WV.

Dryfork, Tucker County, WV

Appalachian Design Studio

Photographed beside a Go Mart in Elkins, WV.

Elkins, Randolph County, WV

The Other Side

A garbage strewn yard alongside a dwelling in rural West Virginia.  It’s not all rainbows and unicorns out there.

As regular readers of this blog know by now, I love to photograph old abandoned buildings.  The problem is that sometimes it’s not easy to tell the abandoned ones from the occupied.  On more than one occasion I’ve stopped the car to investigate what appeared to be an abandoned structure only to see a light on inside or smoke rising from a chimney.  Hopefully I’ll never accidentally walk into someone’s living room.

In this case the house was definitely occupied.  I think.


Calhoun County, WV

Beached 2

A boat inexplicably beached at the edge of a forest and far from water in Calhoun County, WV. 

Calhoun County, WV

St. Paul United Chapel

Country church with cemetery, photographed way back in the hills of West Virginia.

Calhoun County, WV