I really love these digital cameras. I can take literally hundreds of pictures and keep the ones that aren’t blurry or close-ups of my thumb. Candee actually has a bit of an eye for photography, but I’m not quite as lucky. However, the C&O Canal NHP has enough great scenery to allow just about anybody to be a photographer–of sorts.
This image has kind of grown on me over time. Visiting the Paw Paw Tunnel in the winter and seeing the upstream end boarded up is a little bit anticlimactic, but once you’re inside it’s even darker and scarier. The “Tunnel Hollow” portal is left clear, so it’s still possible to get a look at the tunnel as it’s supposed to look.
This was taken on a frosty October morning. An hour or two before, the Potomac Valley was covered in a heavy fog. I’m actually standing at the Fifteenmile Creek boat ramp, and most of the time I would be about knee deep in water. It has been a very dry year, and I suppose that’s a good thing, considering all of the work being done around Big Slackwater.
The Big Slackwater Project will make life a lot easier for hikers and bikers on the C&O Canal, and it offers a great view of the Potomac River. However, some of the odd things growing on the bank and cliffs are also worth a look. I suppose some will come for the river, and others for the trail, but a few will stop to check out the bugs and plants that we’ve been missing for years while taking the detour.
Fall is the perfect season for odd and colorful mushrooms. Back in college, I must have gotten an F in Mushroom Identification 101, but apparently this little fellow is edible. Something nibbled on the cap before deciding to move along. Whether or not the diner left with a stomach ache is something that I’ll never know.
Actually, Candee is the main mushroom photographer. At some point I yelled, “Give me my camera! And quit taking pictures of those bleeping mushrooms!” Nevertheless, when I go back and look through the pictures, some of the mushrooms look like a mixture of outer-space creature and modern art.
Mushrooms seem to come in just about every shape and size. This one kind of reminds me of the radio telescope at Green Bank, West Virginia. While we were on the Appalachian Trail a couple of weeks ago, we ran into a group of people picking large, white mushrooms–for consumption I assume. That all sounds well and good, but until I learn a lot more on the subject, I’ll continue to get my mushrooms from a can, courtesy of the Jolly Green Giant.
This is the house that can be seen from both the towpath and Kasecamp Road near Bonds Landing (mm 150). The leaves are starting to change color in the background, and the scenery along the river should be spectacular in a matter of weeks. The C&O Canal NHP and Green Ridge State Forest surround the house, so it’s an odd site for anybody that comes along, but it does add a bit of something to the view. With that said, I can hardly wait to hit the canal again to see autumn in all of its glory.