Why is the Blue Ridge "blue"?
"A proper road should lie easily on the ground"
by Portfolio of Thomas and Gerald Egan
In September of 2008, my brothers Tom and Jerry and my sister-in-law Cheryl joined Black Bear Adventures to ride their bicycles by such places as Looking Glass Rock, Graveyard Fields, and Devil's Courthouse. The organizers describe the experience as "Active Travel" which entails full immersion in the experience. "Your body, mind and soul will be completely involved while cycling along the incomparable beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The experiential nature of active travel compels you to get to know the area along with its unique culture and traditions like no other method. The inherent nature of traveling by bike at its slower pace allows you to hear the subtle sound of the song bird and the gentle fall of a running stream as you allow your internal noise to dissipate."
I joined the Peace Corps and spent three years as a teacher in Africa. An early indication of my future destiny as a photographer was that I didn't bring a camera, and never took a picture while in Africa. Before leaving for Africa, I had read an article which mentioned that many people in the country (The Republic of the Congo) believed that a camera would steal their soul. I made some friends during my stay, and came to realize that the article was not far from the truth. Fortune has allowed me to come full circle and return to my earlier interest in photography. I am at that age were some weight loss would be beneficial. I certainly don't believe all photographers need to starve, but my initial goals are realistic, if not humble. The industry has changed tremendously, but the possibilities are unlimitted. I am grateful that my parents' gave me a generic name. It's allowed me to explore numerous paths unhindered