“When the Autumn’s Coming On . . .”

by | Oct 2, 2014 | Updates & Opportunities | 2 comments

Fall is my favorite season and there’s no other place I’d rather be than at home with my family in West Virginia! Home sweet home. And hopefully at the right time of year to finally see the fall colors in “my own backyard.” It’s been about 6 years since I’ve been in town for the month of October. Looking forward to actually spending some stalking “calendar shots” in my own home state.

Here’s a few shots from a walk this morning. And a few verses from my favorite West Virginia song, “The West Virginia Hills”. My brother scripted the second and third verses himself many years ago which makes me love the song even more . . .

1754_Salem-West Virginia-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 17 mm, 1-125 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 50

Oh, the West Virginia hills!
How majestic and how grand,
With their summits bathed in glory,
Like our Prince Immanuel’s Land!
Is it any wonder then,
That my heart with rapture thrills,
As I stand once more with loved ones
On those West Virginia hills?

1750_Salem-West Virginia-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 17 mm, 1-160 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 50

O those West Virginia hills!
When the autumn’s coming on
When the leaves are turning golden
And the summertime is gone
Now the harvest time has come
And Thanksgiving fills the home
That is nestled in the shadow
Of those West Virginia hills!

1785_Salem-West Virginia-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 23 mm, 1-60 sec at f - 8.0, ISO 50

Oh, the West Virginia hills!
Stand unmatched against the sky,
I will love them all forever,
To the very day I die.
Nothing else is like the scenes,
Or the towering evergreens,
That adorn the land with splendor
In those West Virginia hills!

Oh, the hills, beautiful hills,
How I love those West Virginia hills!
If o’er sea o’er land I roam,
Still I’ll think of happy home,
And my friends among the West Virginia hills.

1771_Salem-West Virginia-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 28 mm, 1-100 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 50

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  1. Elizabeth Lindsay

    The lighting on the first one is gorgeous! Is that fog behind those trees? I love the second one as well!!

  2. James Staddon

    Yes! It’s fog. That’s one of the reasons I went out to shoot. 🙂 Fog is fantastic!


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