Spring Color on New River Trail

April 08, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

The spring color in Virginia is starting to really pick up steam!  The other day I went for a run with my Yorkie and just a little ways past the Shot Tower I noticed the hillsides were COATED in Dutchman's Breeches(I had to google it).  

Springtime on New River TrailSpringtime on New River TrailA set of images from the New River Trail in Virginia. These images were taken near Foster Falls and the Shot Tower.

While I was running, I only had an HTC DNA camera phone on me, and since it is a smartphone, its camera is pretty weak.   I still took a few photos for reference, but after I was done running I took the dog home and brought back my camera.

Springtime on New River TrailSpringtime on New River TrailA set of images from the New River Trail in Virginia. These images were taken near Foster Falls and the Shot Tower. Springtime on New River TrailSpringtime on New River TrailA set of images from the New River Trail in Virginia. These images were taken near Foster Falls and the Shot Tower. Alright.. back to an APS-C sized sensor...  When I got back to the trail, I spotted these folks fishing on a jon boat under the i77 bridge very close to the Shot Tower.

Springtime on New River TrailSpringtime on New River TrailA set of images from the New River Trail in Virginia. These images were taken near Foster Falls and the Shot Tower.

Springtime on New River TrailSpringtime on New River TrailA set of images from the New River Trail in Virginia. These images were taken near Foster Falls and the Shot Tower. Just a little bit further, you really start to run in to all that Dutchman's Breeches.   I held out my head lamp and lit up the blooms to make this dark scene.

Springtime on New River TrailSpringtime on New River TrailA set of images from the New River Trail in Virginia. These images were taken near Foster Falls and the Shot Tower.  I love how a shallow depth of field makes all the white points of light in the background.

Springtime on New River TrailSpringtime on New River TrailA set of images from the New River Trail in Virginia. These images were taken near Foster Falls and the Shot Tower. Springtime on New River TrailSpringtime on New River TrailA set of images from the New River Trail in Virginia. These images were taken near Foster Falls and the Shot Tower. This stuff grows anywhere and everywhere!  I took this last photo of the night in some really low light.  The Tamron 17-50's 2.8 really helped out! Springtime on New River TrailSpringtime on New River TrailA set of images from the New River Trail in Virginia. These images were taken near Foster Falls and the Shot Tower. The next morning, I headed out for a similar spot on the trail.  I first went to the Foster Falls area.  On the way, I stopped on the side of the road to shoot this pretty tree sitting in a foggy field with the rising sun behind it.  The fog was clearing out quickly, you can see that progress through the three images.

Springtime on New River TrailSpringtime on New River TrailA set of images from the New River Trail in Virginia. These images were taken near Foster Falls and the Shot Tower. Springtime on New River TrailSpringtime on New River TrailA set of images from the New River Trail in Virginia. These images were taken near Foster Falls and the Shot Tower. Springtime on New River TrailSpringtime on New River TrailA set of images from the New River Trail in Virginia. These images were taken near Foster Falls and the Shot Tower. Just a little closer to the New River, and very close to the shot tower, lies this really pretty barn!  I get to look down on this barn every morning when I am heading to work(interstate 77 is just behind it). Springtime on New River TrailSpringtime on New River TrailA set of images from the New River Trail in Virginia. These images were taken near Foster Falls and the Shot Tower.

I then headed off to Foster Falls, where some really pretty blooms are starting to come out.

Springtime on New River TrailSpringtime on New River TrailA set of images from the New River Trail in Virginia. These images were taken near Foster Falls and the Shot Tower. Springtime on New River TrailSpringtime on New River TrailA set of images from the New River Trail in Virginia. These images were taken near Foster Falls and the Shot Tower. There is a really pretty area near the boat ramp where the water flattens out just before going through the 'falls'.  A goose was cruising through just as I arrived.

Springtime on New River TrailSpringtime on New River TrailA set of images from the New River Trail in Virginia. These images were taken near Foster Falls and the Shot Tower. I really love this band of fog hanging in the background.
Springtime on New River TrailSpringtime on New River TrailA set of images from the New River Trail in Virginia. These images were taken near Foster Falls and the Shot Tower. Before heading out I grabbed a few photos of some cool water droplets on the very tips of the leaves.  The Tamron's close focusing is good, but this is still a pretty heavy crop.   

Springtime on New River TrailSpringtime on New River TrailA set of images from the New River Trail in Virginia. These images were taken near Foster Falls and the Shot Tower. Springtime on New River TrailSpringtime on New River TrailA set of images from the New River Trail in Virginia. These images were taken near Foster Falls and the Shot Tower. Thanks for looking!

 


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