Virginia: A Photographic Journey

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Virginia’s best scenery on display!

New Photography Book Showcases Virginia’s Historic Landmarks and Natural Beauty.

Virginia’s best scenery is on display! Explore Old Virginia in Farcountry Press’ newest release, Virginia: A Photographic Journey. Featuring the striking photography of Richard Nowitz and Virginia natives Pat and Chuck Blackley, the book celebrates a true passion for all things Virginia.

“We wanted to make a book dedicated to all the people of Virginia, who make living here such a blessing.” Says photographers and Virginia natives Pat and Chuck Blackley.

Virginia’s varied landscapes rise from the tidewater area on the Atlantic Ocean through the rolling piedmont to the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Valley of Virginia, and up into the Appalachian Mountains. Jam-packed with 113 full color photographs and informative text, this tour showcases what makes Old Dominion such a beloved and exceptional place.

Including elegant shots of Richmond and Norfolk to the colonial architecture of Williamsburg, University of Virginia, and Mount Vernon, Virginia: A Photographic Journey celebrates the rich, full-color landscapes from Old Dominion making it an excellent souvenir or remembrance.

Virginia: A Photographic Journey (ISBN: 978-1-56037-701-6, $12.95, Farcountry Press, 2017) is available at local bookstores and gift shops, through online retailers, or from Farcountry Press at 1.800.821.3874.

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About the Photographers  

Pat and Chuck Blackley are a photographic and writing team born and raised in Virginia. Although they work throughout North America, their concentration is on the eastern United States. With a love of history, they find a wealth of subjects throughout the mid-Atlantic, particularly in Virginia where they have enjoyed traveling for over thirty years.
Their work appears in numerous books and magazines addressing regional and national audiences as well as in many commercial projects. Their one-photographer books include Shenandoah National Park Impressions, Blue Ridge Parkway Impressions, Shenandoah Valley Impressions, Outer Banks Impressions, Backroads from the Beltway, Our Virginia, Blue Ridge Parkway Simply Beautiful, and Virginia’s Historic Homes and Gardens.

Richard Nowitz began freelance photography professionally in 1975 in Israel working for American and European publications. He returned to Washington, D.C. in 1989 and began his association with National Geographic in 1991. His career as a travel photographer has taken him to numerous countries around the world, and has produced over forty-five large-format gift books and travel guides for Insight Guides and National Geographic, and also five titles for Farcountry Press. Richard lives in Maryland with his wife.

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Virginia's best scenery on display in Virginia: A Photographic Journey

Watching spectacular sunsets from Shenandoah National Park’s lofty overlooks is a favorite visitor experience. We enjoyed a particularly lovely one at The Point overlook, as the setting sun lit up the clouds and soft light bathed the hillsides. – Pat and Chuck Blackley


Virginia: A Photographic Journey collects Virginia's best scenery

Above: ThePioneer Farmstead, adjacent to the Humpback Rocks Visitor Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway, is an outdoor nineteenth-century farm museum housing a log cabin and other period outbuildings that were collected in the area and assembled here. Along with costumed interpreters who provide demonstrations, including weaving and basket making, these buildings help to provide a glimpse of early life in the Blue Ridge Mountains. – Pat and Chuck Blackley Left: Mountain music l ls the air at a concert at the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Humpback Rocks Visitor Center near Afton. – Pat and Chuck Blackley Facing page: During the Civil War, the Shenandoah Valley was called “the Breadbasket of the Confederacy,” since it served as a valuable source of foodstuffs for the Southern armies. The valley is still home to four of the top five agricultural counties in Virginia. At the top of the list is Rockingham County, where picturesque and productive farms like this one near Bridgewater are abundant. – Pat and Chuck Blackley






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Right: James Monroe studied law in Williamsburg under then-governor Thomas Jefferson, and afterward the two became lifelong friends. In 1793, Monroe, the fth U.S. president, purchased Highland Plantation, which was adjacent to Jefferson’s Monticello. His family lived at Highland for twenty-four years, from 1799 until 1823. Interestingly, Monroe and Jefferson, as well as John Adams, three of the rst ve U.S. presidents, died on July 4, Independence Day. Jefferson and Adams died on the same day in 1826, and Monroe died five years later, in 1831. – Pat and Chuck Blackley Facing page: Designated as a World Heritage Site, Monticello, Italian for “Little Mountain,” was the plantation home of the nation’s third president and author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson. Standing on a mountaintop outside Charlottesville, Monticello re ects the pure genius of the Renaissance man who designed it. It remained a work in progress, as Jefferson redesigned and rebuilt the home over a forty-year period. – Richard Nowitz Below: On April 5, 1856, Booker T. Washington was born a slave on the 207-acre farm of James Burroughs. After the Civil War, Washington became the first principal of Tuskegee Normal and Industrial School. Later as an adviser, author, and orator, his past would influence his philosophies as the most influential African American of his era. His birthplace is now a national monument -Pat and Chuck Blackley