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WELCOME FALL! by Cheryl Pierson

Hi everyone! Fall is here, and you know that old saying “A picture is worth a thousand words?” It’s so true! Today, I wanted to share some pictures of my second home, the state of West Virginia. These were taken by professional photographer Rick Burgess who also happens to be a good friend. Rick is so talented, and he has many prints, 2018 calendars, t-shirts, and even a book that features his wonderful photography that are all available to order! This is a just a very small sample of Rick’s work, but I know once you’ve seen these gorgeous pictures you’ll want to see more!

Do these pictures evoke a fall memory? I don’t know why, but when I think of fall, I think of realizing “fall is in the air” on one of my walks to my piano teacher’s house one afternoon after school. Odd, isn’t it? I was about 10 or so, but I will never forget how that day smelled as I walked–crisp, clean, and well–like fall! What’s a favorite fall memory of yours? I hope these pictures will stir the memories of beautiful fall days in your mind!
















Gnarled tree at Plum Orchard Lake.  The Lord has a beautiful palette of colors in His work–more than we could ever imagine!















The mist at the end of a West Virginia road…wonder what’s down there around the bend?














A Rick Burgess shot of the New River Gorge. There is a bridge that goes over this, and once you’re at the place where you can get out and look down, you are so high you’re level with the hawks that make their home there–they call it “Hawk’s Nest”–and it’s one of the most breathtaking places on earth!















One of my personal favorites, these trees at sunrise with the mountains behind them. I love these colors!














A West Virginia rainbow!














This is one of my favorite pics of Rick’s. A reminder of days gone by.











So many colors! Beautiful stuff, with the leaves on the trees changing to their fall hues.














A gorgeous sunset. Isn’t it beautiful?

The fog lifting in the West Virginia highlands. This reminds me of the Woody Guthrie song, “This Land is Your Land”. When I was growing up in a small Oklahoma town in the 60’s, Woody Guthrie’s sister was our school secretary. We learned many of the beloved songs he wrote about Oklahoma, but also “This Land is Your Land” which was about our entire country. When we sang these songs sometimes before class started, she would listen on the intercom and compliment us. She always said, “My brother would be so proud of you all!”  There’s a stanza that talks about the fog lifting:


When the sun comes shining, then I was strolling
In the wheat fields waving and dust clouds rolling
The voice was chanting as the fog was lifting
This land was made for you and me.

And one last parting shot! Beautiful stuff! If you would like to see more photography and PRINTS by Rick Burgess, here’s a link: http://wvexplorer.com/photo-galleries/gallery-west-virginia-images-rick-burgess/

To connect with Rick on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Rick-Burgess-Photography-1784107871826356/

Wild Wonderful West Virginia!

Hi everyone! I wanted to share some beautiful pictures of my “second home” — the state of West Virginia. My dad got transferred out there with his company when I was a senior in high school. I met my husband there (and have now made an “Okie” out of him!) These pictures were taken by a friend who is a native West Virginian, Rick Burgess. These are just a sample of all the beautiful pictures he has taken all over the state. Rick has a fantastic eye for color and composition, and although I believe these pictures belong in a book devoted to his photography, he has graciously  allowed me to show you West Virginia through his eyes. Let’s have a look!


This is a picture of the New River Gorge Bridge. It is beautiful and I’ve been there myself–this picture really does it justice! Yes, I drove over it–it’s 3030 feet long.  876 feet high.  70 feet wide.  88 million pounds of U.S. Cor Ten steel and American cement.  Opened and dedicated on October 22, 1977, the span has since become the symbol of West Virginia.










Look at this beautiful church, St. John’s Episcopal Church in Charleston, West Virginia.


Of course, there are horse lovers everywhere throughout the USA–and these beauties conjure up images of cowboys no matter where they might be!

Cooper’s Rock State Forest, at dusk… I’ve never been here, but next time we go back for a visit, I’d love to see it.

Misty morning in Pocahontas County…

I wonder where this road leads? Beautiful countryside, no matter where it goes. Thanks for joining me on this trip through West Virginia. And thanks to Rick Burgess for allowing me to show you his state through his camera lens!

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