Impermanence

Black And White Photography, C.S. Young Jr., Photography
Abandoned House on Moore Rd
Abandoned House on Moore Rd

While I love the weathered textures, rust and other features of decay, photographing an abandoned old house can bring mixed feelings.  There are melancholy thoughts of needless decline.  Why was this home neglected and forgotten?  But there is also an appreciation of the effort and sacrifice spent in building the home.  Lives were lived here, perhaps a family’s, it was their home.

There is peace found in the acceptance of impermanence as part of the cycle of life. There is after all, beauty in decay.

Reclamation

Black And White Photography, C.S. Young Jr., Photography
Abandoned Neaves Home Composition 1
Abandoned Neaves Home Composition 1

The overgrown vegetation and patina on metal are both evidence of Mother Nature’s slow but persistent reclamation of the natural and man-made world.  Our sense of order is often at odds with Hers. Will we regain our lost ability to live harmoniously before it’s too late?

Antiquity

Black And White Photography, C.S. Young Jr., Photography
Abandoned Piano
Abandoned Piano

I found this old piano on the porch of an abandoned house on Silas Creek Rd while exploring the backroads of Ashe County. I try to imagine the music, peace, joy and family experiences once shared from this instrument. Who played, what did they play, and why was this piano and house abandoned?

Cheers,

C. S.

Hawksbill Mountain, pt2

Black And White Photography, C.S. Young Jr., Photography
Hawksbill Mountain Rockscape 1
Hawksbill Mountain Rockscape 1

Late afternoon view from the top of Hawksbill Mountain looking south along the east side of Linville Gorge towards Table Rock and Shortoff Mountains. For the best viewing experience, click to see a high resolution version.

Cheers,

C. S.

Hawksbill Mountain in Linville Gorge

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Hawksbill Mountain Vignette 1
Hawksbill Mountain Vignette 1

I hiked to the top of Linville Gorge about an hour before sunset during my fall color expedition earlier this month. Of course there were just as many monochrome opportunities!

Cheers,

C. S.

Looking Into the Abandoned

Black And White Photography, C.S. Young Jr., Photography
Sagging Abandoned House 1
Sagging Abandoned House 1

Look through the windows into this sagging old abandoned house and imagine the lives once lived here and why this home was ultimately abandoned. For the best view into this home, click to see a high resolution version.

Cloud Silhouette

Black And White Photography, C.S. Young Jr., Photography
Rough Ridge Cloud Silhouette Monochrome
Rough Ridge Cloud Silhouette Monochrome

Just 10 minutes before sunset, a large cloud briefly swept in towards this vantage point on Rough Ridge Overlook just off the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP) in North Carolina. See more of my BRP Gallery here.

Cheers!

C. S.

Ashe County Christmas Tree Farm

Black And White Photography, C.S. Young Jr., Photography
Old Christmas Tree Farm
Old Christmas Tree Farm

This old Christmas tree farm on the back roads of Ashe County, North Carolina appears to be in decline.

Cheers,

C. S.

Lost and Found Landscape

Black And White Photography, C.S. Young Jr., Photography
South Fork Mills River Valley Composition 1
South Fork Mills River Valley Composition 1

This is from my North Carolina mountains visit last October, the composition was processed shortly after and ready to publish, but was forgotten.  Fortunately, I found it while planning my 2021 trip – coming up next week.  It was captured from the Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower near Pisgah Mountain on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The tower’s stairwell was blocked at the base, but I was able to squeeze through and overcome my fear of heights to climb to just under the top platform.   I was rewarded with an amazing South Fork Mills River Valley landscape and dramatic light!

Cheers,

C. S.