Autumn Colors in Forest Virginia - Site of Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest Home.
AUTUMN in Forest, VA
The quaint village of Forest VA, up until a few decades ago, was just a Post Office location on the south-western side of the city of Lynchburg, VA.
Since then, the area has grown tremendously with the addition of; numerous housing developments, large schools, restaurants, and retail establishments. And sad to say, much of its natural beauty has been disappearing with this rampant growth.
But as of now, the great thing about Forest is that there are still numerous back roads in this section of BEDFORD COUNTY where you can take short leisurely drives and enjoy some beautiful scenery and in the FALL, take in some really great color.
View at Junction of Rt-811 & Rt-221
Over his lifetime, he personally maintained the property as a working farm; and today the original home and surrounding acreage is still there for interested tourists to visit.
Now, the property is maintained magnificently and there are and have been ongoing archeological digs on the grounds for decades as Archeologists study the lifestyles of the many people who supported this historic property.
Of course, every American knows about the other famous Thomas Jefferson home, Monticello. But over the years I, a person who grew up in Lynchburg have been surprised by just how so many people I talk to actually know very little, or often nothing, about Poplar Forest.
Anyway, As you can see by the attached pictures, Forest, and Lynchburg, are essentially in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
These ancient hills along with the local scenery provide a beautiful Natural combination when you lift your head towards the Mountains and take the time to look at what Nature has laid out before you.
A Quality low cost Nikon Camera
I use Nikon equipment, but I purchased this camera for its lens and low price. I think it is a great option for the serious photographer who wants to control his photography.
Autumn Photography using Thumbnail copies
As with all Photographers, I am very proud of my work, and at times my ego forces me to show off a few of my favorite shots.
When I feel this overpowering need, I will take a few of my favorite photographs and place thumbnail copies of them onto a hub written to a certain theme.
This small collection of my photography is one such hub.
Junction of Rt-811 & Rt-221
What a View!
In all of Forest Virginia, there is one spot, about 300-500 yards wide that presents probably the most beautiful panoramic vista of farmland and mountains. This spot is right at the junction of Rte-811 and Rte-221.
If you are ever in the area, you should take the time and drive there and park along the road and enjoy this fantastic scene. You will be looking across a large farms pastures and barns to the foothills of wooded mountains, with the actual Blue Ridge mountains in the background.
I recommend that you carry your camera with and capture this scene while it still exists. I am sure there is some callous land developer out there just salivating over purchasing this unique property and turning it into shopping centers and housing developments.
The sad and dangerous thing is that I took this shot with my back about 3-feet off of the road, with bumber-to-bumper traffic flying by me.
Everyone was in that big hurry you get in when you are on your way home from work, or to work, or to/from Lunch, or wherever,
Not one person slowed down and looked at this beautiful view, that they pass every day ..... No Time I guess!
One guy actually blew his horn at me ..... I guess he thought I would commit suicide by jumping in front of his car?
FARM Land on Rt-221 in Forest
Beautiful Farm Land in Forest Virginia
As I was roaming around the area, taking different shots of this great view, I walked down the road just a couple of hundred feet, and I ended up with this shot of the same farm near the Junction of Rt-811 & Rt-221.
Sometimes that's all it takes, a slight shift in perspective and you suddenly have a fantastic picture for your collection.
This view, showing the still functioning barn and surrounding land, is literally a postcard shot, if there ever was one.
Farm Land again at Junction of Rt-811 & Rt-221
Farm land again at road Junction
I just kept walking down the edge of the same busy road, and taking shots like this and the others you see here.
What great colors! What a great view, even without the Autumn colors!
This land just sits there by the busiest intersection in Forest, with cars whizzing by, by the thousands daily, with only the occasional glance towards it's beauty.
The thiught makes me think about the old seventies son by Joni Mitchell; PAVE PARADISE, PUT UP A PARKING LOT,
which I am attaching below for your enjoyment.
Country Road in Autumn
A Good Book on Poplar Forest
I lived for over ten years only three miles from the famous Summer home of Thomas Jefferson, so i had to have this book. It is very informative and any visitor should read it.
Country Road near Forest in Autumn
I took this shot in the evening on a narrow, twisting County Road just a few miles west of Forest itself.
My wife, and I were driving around, and suddenly we came around a turn in a very twisty country road.
And there was this beautiful shot, just waiting for me and my camera.
So I stopped, pulled off the road and stared for several minutes before I could gather myself and take the shot.
This shot is actually typical of what you will find if you just take the time to drive around the back roads of this still rural area.
A Fence-Line with Character
Farm Entrance in Bedford
Farm Entrance in Bedford
This Farm Entrance has a quiet elegance to it, enhanced in the Autumn by these great background colors.
If you have to live in the Country, this is the kind of Beauty you want to be surrounded by!
Just Another Country Road in Forest
A Country Road, deeper into the county itself.
Late Colors and Light through Trees
AUTUMN Path in Forest, VA
Old Barn found alongside a county road
Shadowed Field looking towards the SouthEast
Pave Paradise, Put Up a Parking Lot video by Joni Mithcell
Poplar Forest the Summer retreat of Thomas Jefferson in Bedford Virginia
This intersection is one of the best scenic views in Forest Virginia.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2009 Don Bobbitt