West Virginia Day 2019

Hello Friends! Tonight’s feature image is titled “Sundown On The Kanawha River “and is available for purchase by following the instructions at the bottom of the article.

In April of 1863 the people who lived west of the Blue Ridge mountains began to talk about succession. Virginia had already succeeded from the Union and was now ready to succeed from itself. By June 1863 Mountaineers were part of Union once more and West Virginia was born. Our spirit is embodied in our state motto Montani Semper Liberi, Mountaineers Are Always Free.

West Virginia of course is most known today because of the coal that lights up the night and smelts the steel. But that’s not all we are.

We are the ones who still hold the doors open for a stranger at the store. One of my favorite stories about my fellow Mountaineers came from a local talk radio show when a woman called in to publicly thank two young men that helped her when she lost a load of laundry out of the open bed of her truck. She said that they never asked her name. They just stopped and started picking up her lost belongings.

Our wilderness is second to none. We have clean wild rivers that provide rapids for thrill seekers and shoals for those who just want wade through the water and fish or collect stones. We even have natural water slides to splash around in.

We are also the future. As I understand it, a plan is being formed to recover Rare Earth Elements from the waste of coal mining. We’re being told that not only will this mean a better economy but it will also help keep our beautiful environment clean.

I think about my ancestors that tamed the hills and valleys by the blood sweat and tears. My own grandfather who wore a carbide light on his head as he went into the deep dark mines and risked the mountain collapsing in on him as he fed his wife and eight children by pulling the coal out one shovel full at a time. He helped power the industrial revolution in a time when a lot of work was still done with a mule team. And in the very near future it’s very possible that a miner will sit in air conditioned comfort and supervise a team of robots that will mine materials that power the automation revolution.

I have to wonder what else the future of a free people might bring. But one thing I have a solid inclination to believe is that whatever else comes we will maintain a sense of who we are and never lose that independent spirit that conquered the Blue Ridge mountains.

Hello Friends and thank you for your support of my page. If you have enjoyed the photos or the writings please let me know by commenting and sharing my work on your social media. I also want to invite you to Follow Lloyds Lens Photography on Facebook

If you would like to Follow me on Facebook the web address is

https://www.facebook.com/aviewfromthelens/

If you’re enjoying my blog and don’t want to miss a post then you can sign up for email alerts on my website.

https://lloydslensphotographyllc.com/

Click here to visithttps://lloydslensphotographyllc.com/

Did you know that I also do portraits by appointment? If you’re interested in a portrait session either message me on Facebook or Use the Contact form. The YouTube link below takes you one of my slideshows.

https://youtu.be/FDcrY6w8oY8

Have you checked out the Zazzle Store?

I’m now using Zazzle to fulfil orders. What this means for you is a secure way to place an order, discount codes & a broader product selection! Simply message me on Facebook oruse the contact form on my websiteand tell me which image you want and I’ll reply with a direct link to where you can place the order.

Clicking on the photo takes you tohttps://www.zazzle.com/lloydslensphotos?rf=238248269630914251

Lastly, all of the photos and writings are my original work unless otherwise specified and are not to be copied or reproduced without expressed written permission from the photographer.

Thank you again for your support of my page!❤

2 thoughts on “West Virginia Day 2019

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s