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Rockfalls estate / Edward Durrell Stone

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“I come out of my front door every day and say, Thank you, God, for I’ve got everything I’ve ever dreamed of having.”
-Haigh Jamgochian

“Around 1937 – The W. T. Holt House, aka Rockfalls Estate, Longview and Rockfalls Drive, Richmond VA. The land also included a rock quarry. Based on the 1936 Colliers Magazine Model House. In 1968, architect Haigh Jamgochian purchased the lot and buildings and he and his then-wife opened a Montessori-type school, outfitting the home with classrooms. It operated for one year. There was an extensive fire in 1983 in which Jamgochian was badly burned. As of 2011, the house appears uninhabitable. There is also a Civil War-era cottage on the property.”


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This place is a BEAUTY! I really hope it doesn’t end up like Pratt’s Castle or the land sub-divided. I did a dozen panorama’s that are pending……………..

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Returned to photographed the front April 2nd early morning and sun was shooting back at me from the front window like a bullet. The land surrounding the main house is like an old friends studio that the work is still in process. You feel a man’s lifetime journey that was constant. Evident that the journey was more important than the finish. I’ve always strive for a National Park feel where ever I have lived and having frozen shoulder has helped it along a little faster than usual. I lost the last of my older relatives last year, pier to my parents, that told me of her fondness for Haigh and had I ever seen Rockfalls? It’s been a privileged to photograph and I left today overwhelmed with emotion and in a daze.

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The Virginia State Capitol 2013

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The Blue Heron Rookery is directly down the hill on the river from the Capitol.

On their current brochure is printed : “This building is, beyond comparison, the finest, the most noble, and the greatest in all America.” _ A Visitor to the Capitol from France, 1796.

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My last visit to the Capitol besides being in the House Chamber for the movie : http://otway.wordpress.com/2011/07/04/great-art-of-the-republic/

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I’ve already mentioned this place has the best fish taco in town, another satisfied customer!

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Crow Skull

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My friends daughter from western Hanover County found this on farmland near their home and gave to me. I’m not really a bone collector so this is a rare still-life for me. The rock I picked up the previous week beside the Hughes River (in Madison County, VA).


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A Crane did a complete 360 around me on the pipeline this morning and combined 2 great shots of it. Not bad for a Nikon D3000 and a 200mm completely manual Nikon lens from the 70’s!

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My Jay friends alerted me to a Hawk in our tree St. Paddy’s Day.

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St. Paddy’s Day Crow

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Outside our home I have a flock of buddy’s, a Cardinal, Mocking bird, Chickadee, and Blue Jay. They would probably eat out of my hand if it wasn’t for our three cats.


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This stuff always does me in during the Spring. I heard this past week as you age some allergies subside. It would be nice since I never had any problems until this past decade.



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Hazel Mountain Overlook (2770ft, E)

A pilgrimage to a friends family graveyard in the Shenandoah National Park where his families home was beside Dark Hollow Falls before the Park.

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Old Rag Mountain

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Old Rag from parkway.

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Big Meadows

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Barboursville Ruins

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The Real Circus is in town today, without the tent doesn’t cut it for me. Universoul Circus are good people and put on a Great Show!

[A traditional circus performance is normally held in a ring 13 m (42 ft) in diameter. This dimension was adopted by Philip Astley to enable a horse rider to stand upright on a cantering horse to perform a series of acrobatic maneuvers and to more easily retain their balance. Circuses often have a system of tiered seating around the ring for the public; since the late 19th to early 20th century, many circus performances have taken place under large tents commonly referred to as “The Big Top”.]



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RVA Rookery.

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This was taken a few years back.




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Day of show for fellow colleague : http://stircrazycafe.net/





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O3 MIRA inspired by movement.