Well, it is New Year’s Eve, 2018. This has been a fairly busy year with some personal growth and certainly a few “firsts” for me relative to photography. I co-led my two annual photography workshops this year with my two pals, Martin Radigan and Vern Pattterson. This was the third year for our Spring, and Fall, West Virginia landscape workshops and we had some great clients and photographers join us as we traipsed around the West Virginia Highlands.
On a recent visit to my parents hometown I discovered these two abandoned rail cars on a spur track just outside of town. I honestly don't remember ever seeing them although I was assured that they have been sitting here now for many years. At one point Hartwell had a thriving rail operation and as a child I loved watching the small switch engines sort the various rail cars into a train. Sadly all of this is gone now and the tracks have either been pulled up or have been overrun by tall grasses and weeds. And yet here these two cars sit and serve as a reminder of a bygone time.