Ingles Farm

farming tools at old cabin on Mary Draper Ingles farm in Virginia

Ingles Farm

These old farming tools were shot at a very interesting gem of a place in Radford, Virginia known as Ingles Farm.  Ingles Farm is a working farm that was originally settled in the 1750s by William and Mary Draper Ingles.  It has great historical significance going back to the days of westward expansion, and is, to this day, operated and preserved by family descendents.  The story of Mary Draper Ingles is one of true bravery and incomprehensible trauma and strength.  A visit to “cabin days” at Ingles Farm is very enlightening, to say the least.

Clouds on the Mountain

Cloudy day on green valley

Clouds on the Mountain

We have had many cloudy, rainy Spring days lately.  A few days ago, I snapped this picture of the clouds hanging low and hugging the mountains surrounding beautiful Ellett Valley.  Although I perceive these dark days as dreary, they certainly do call attention to the transformation we are making into the warmer months.  The many shades of green in this valley are truly breathtaking.

Serenity

Covered Bridge

Serenity

Yesterday, was near Spring weather perfection in the New River Valley.  By mid afternoon, I had worked, worked out, and been at the computer for hours.  Thankfully, I finally hit a point where I hopped in the car to go shoot some pictures.  We are very lucky here in southwest Virginia, to have several historic covered bridges dotting the countryside.  This one, Link’s Farm Covered Bridge, is located in Giles County.  It was built in 1912, and its 49′ length spans Sinking Creek.  As with so many landscapes and structures here in Virginia, this bridge evokes a different sentiment with each and every season.  On this particular Spring day, I found myself very aware of the serenity of the setting.  The scenery, along with the sound of the babbling creek, was refreshing to the soul.

Cow Shoot

livestock, cattle, calf

Cow Shoot

This momma cow and her calf were very put out with me… as if they had been waiting all morning for me to show up for their photo shoot.  It seemed I could not change their mood, no matter how I tried.  I have always been drawn to the “cuteness” of cows.  At some point, these two decided the shoot was officially over, and went on with their day as if to let me know that they had better things to do than to be bothered with trying to impress me.