To see Virginia is to visit our nation's beginnings, the very place where, in 1607, English colonists established Jamestown, the first permanent European settlement in the New World. And to explore further is to rediscover much of the nation's history, viewed through the prism of presidents' birthplaces, Revolutionary War and Civil War battlefields, the cradle of the Confederacy, historic plantation homes, and more.
From the colonial triangle of Jamestown-Yorktown-Williamsburg to the coal-mining towns and rural farmlands of Appalachia, historic Virginia unfolds before us in this photographic tour led by Virginia natives Pat and Chuck Blackley. Along with the state's cultural riches, the Blackleys show us the breathtaking beauty of scenic Virginia, with its pristine beaches, coastal tideplains, lush forests, and rolling mountains, including the spectacular Blue Ridge Parkway and Shenandoah National Park. Our Virginia, is a statewide adventure, a multifaceted celebration of our nation's true birthplace in all its historic, cultural, and natural splendor.
About the Author
Pat and Chuck Blackley are a photography 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 the outdoors and history, they find a wealth of subjects throughout the mid-Atlantic. They have enjoyed traveling that region for over thirty years. Chuck is a member of American Society of Media Photographers.Their work appears in numerous magazines, including AAA, Alaska Airlines, Backpacker, Blue Ridge Country, Country, Defenders of Wildlife, Destinations, Endless Vacation, Family Fun, Frommer's Budget Travel, National Parks, Natural History, On Earth, Outdoor America, Outdoor Photographer, Sierra Club, Wilderness Society, Wildflowers, and in books by Countryman Press, Farcountry Press, Frommer's, Gareth Stevens, Globe Pequot, Insight Guides, National Geographic, Natural History, Reader's Digest, Sierra Press, Voyageur Press, and a majority of the national text book and calendar publishers. Additionally, their photographs appear regularly in commercial projects and other publications by organizations such as America Online, Boundless Journeys, Defenders of Wildlife, Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Impact Photographics, National Parks Foundation, National Park Service, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Sierra Club, Sony Records, The Trust For Public Land, and Valley Conservation Council.They are the sole authors and photographers of Shenandoah National Park Impressions, Blue Ridge Parkway Impressions, Shenandoah Valley Impressions, Outer Banks Impressions, and Our Virginia. Born and raised in Virginia, Chuck Blackley is part of a photographic and writing team with Pat Blackley. With their love of history, the Blackleys explore a wealth of subjects throughout the mid-Atlantic and particularly in Virginia. The National Parks Conservation Association has described them as among 'America's most accomplished conservation photographers.Their work appears in countless magazines, including Backpacker, Blue Ridge Country, Country, Defenders of Wildlife, Destinations, Frommer's Budget Travel, National Geographic Adventure, National Geographic Traveler, Natural History, Outdoor America, Outdoor Photographer, Sierra Club, and Wilderness Society, as well as numerous books, calendars, and other commercial projects. Chuck is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers. Their sole-author books include Our Virginia, Backroads from the Beltway, Blue Ridge Parkway Impressions, Shenandoah Valley Impressions, and Blue Ridge Parkway Simply Beautiful.
What People are Saying About This
Soundings (VA), Aug. 6, 2006
“The photographs are stunning and the text is light and easy to read. It’s a beautiful depiction of a state that has it all, from mountains to plantations to beaches.”