Category Archives: Photography

A little slice of time

A little slice of time

When photographing high school sports, I often try to look for a right instant of time to catch action or a look by an athlete or other patricipant that, I think, expresses the intensity of the sport. Sometimes, what I shoot is an accident that still gives a photos that I like: A football player… Continue Reading

Hitting the dirt, bull riding style

Hitting the dirt, bull riding style

The bulls bucked, the riders flew and the rodeo clowns helped keep things safe Friday night at Chantilly Farms as the Floyd Livestock and County Fair kicked off in wild style Friday night. More photos and story on this event and the Fair itself in the next edition of The Floyd Press. Continue Reading

Horsing around and more in Check

Horsing around and more in Check

Check’s community festival brought area residents together for games, music, food and a horse pull at the elementary school Sunday, plus a gathering of alumni from the old Check high school and others who attended elementary. The horse pull was a main attraction as five teams hauled a weighted platform that started at 2,000 pounds… Continue Reading

Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys

Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys

Bluegrass legend Jesse McReynolds and The Virginia Boys took to the stage of The Floyd Country Store Thursday night as part of The Crooked Road Homecoming series of concerts throughout Southwestern Virginia. McReynolds, who is 86, was part of the Jim and Jesse bluegrass duo and pioneered a mixture of “cross picking” and “split string”… Continue Reading

Good weather, good music, good weekend

Good weather, good music, good weekend

A nice, albeit hot, weekend for the area and lots on tab for those of us who always want and need something to do. Good, clear weather means music on the streets along South Locust throughout the Friday evening.  Nuthin’ Common, a popular band, plans their first music of the season next to The Station… Continue Reading

Youth helps preserve bluegrass & traditional music

Youth helps preserve bluegrass & traditional music

Some might claim that bluegrass and traditional country music serves the older generation but spending two days at the Chantilly Farms Bluegrass & BBQ Festival disproves that belief. One needs only to see strong performances by young groups like Gravel Road, The Wildmans, the Church Sisters and others to know that it will most likely… Continue Reading

Sunrise

Sunrise

Perhaps, after all the clouds, rain and cooler than normal weather, we can actually now enjoy Spring and then Summer. Perhaps. Then, again, Mother Nature is a prickly thing with some bitchy tendencies. Time may tell. Or it may not. Continue Reading

The Lonesome River Band at Chantilly Farms

The Lonesome River Band at Chantilly Farms

A sellout crowd packed The Barn at Chantilly Farms near Floyd Sunday night for the completion of a tour promoting the new CD of Lonesome River Band with Sammy Shelor on banjo, Brandon Rickman on guitar, Mike Hartgrove on fiddle, Barry Reed on bass and Randy Jones on mandolin and vocals. Shelor, of Meadows of… Continue Reading

A snowy President’s Day

A snowy President’s Day

The snow was less than a foot, less than half a foot in some areas by Monday afternoon and nothing was falling from the sky in most parts of Floyd County around 2:00 p.m. But the storm is not over as rain, part of it freezing, is expected to fall overnight Monday and will make… Continue Reading

Dancing the night away

Dancing the night away

Yes, baby, it was cold outside on Friday night but the music was playing and the dancers were hopping inside the Friday Night Jamboree at The Floyd Country Store. The photos above and below are video captures of the large and enthusiastic crowd on the dance floor.  I have a lot of music filmed from… Continue Reading

Dancing and then some on a Friday Night

Dancing and then some on a Friday Night

Good crowds at The Friday Night Jamboree at the Country Store and a free music night at Dogtown Roadhouse kept downtown Floyd hopping to begin the weekend on a cold night. Dancers young and old packed the floor to hear old time music and Bluegrass at the Country Store.  The store will be packed again… Continue Reading

Warm, great day in late November

Warm, great day in late November

One does not normally expect to be walking around in downtown Floyd on November 27 wearing a short sleeve shirt but that was the weather on Friday. The temperature topped 65 degrees in the afternoon, the sky was blue and the sun shone down brightly and, more importantly, warmly. So the Harley Switchback came out… Continue Reading

A full moon and Happy Thanksgiving

A full moon and Happy Thanksgiving

A bright Autumn full moon arrived along with Thanksgiving this year, giving us a glow from the heavens to help us appreciate what we have and thank others for what they do. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Blue Ridge Muse…well the two of us…and our thanks for being part of the incredible life… Continue Reading

The Blue Eyed Betty’s

The Blue Eyed Betty’s

They are called “The Blue Eyed Betty’s” and their song list is eclectic and entertaining. The Betty’s — Ben Meckel on guitar, Sarah Hund on fiddle and Daniel Emond on banjo — returned to The Floyd Country Store’s Americana Afternoon Saturday with their mix of traditional, pop, country and original compositions on a daily mix… Continue Reading

Brings people together

Brings people together

Floyd is a diverse area and that diversity is most visible in the music heritage that dominates the county and Southwestern Virginia.

I shot this photo on Locust Street on a Friday night in Floyd in 2007. It still is one of my favorites because it shows young and old and those of different lifestyles playing together.

The music brings people together. Continue Reading

Spring moon

Spring moon

Even when it’s not full, the moon in the sky is something to see. Caught this while photographing soccer at Floyd County High School on Monday night. Photographed hand-held on a Canon EOS-1D X with a 300mm Canon f/2.8 lens. Continue Reading

Autumn Moon

Autumn Moon

The November full moon that appeared over the football field at Floyd County High School last Friday night. Photographed during the game on a Canon EOS-1 D-X with a 300mm f/2.8 lens and a 1.4 x telephoto adapter, which creates a 420 mm telephoto. The moon was so bright I was able to capture a… Continue Reading

Jamboree’s dancing mix

Jamboree’s dancing mix

The mix of dancers at The Friday Night Jamboree are an eclectic group that crosses generational and ethnic lines. That mixture increases in the fall when newcomers from area universities and other places discover the event and mix in with the regulars who come each and every Friday night. These two images were from September… Continue Reading

The love of music

The love of music

Music is an integral part of life in Southwestern Virginia and that life extends far beyond any particular kind of musical offering. I’ve been trying to capture that life for a decade now in print, photos and video and each attempt brings more insight and understanding of the role that love of music brings to… Continue Reading