Point Of Rocks

by Mark Lineberger January. 20, 2017 693 views

January 16th...so I'm playing ahead with this #Project365 post...

 I've passed this place many times on the way into Virginia and have always wanted to look closer at what appeared to be a very historic, but still used area. So this day, I was determined to take some time to walk through this area even if for a short time.

From where I parked, it was a short walk to the banks of the Potomac along a canal towpath. The banks were not gradual at all and offered a fairly short but steep slide into the river...so I stayed a fair distance from the edge. I was able to find this small clearing to set my tripod just far enough away from the edge so I would not feel like I'd be watching anything disappear into the depths of the river!

This from one side, followed by a rather short walk across what was once the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, to the rail beds and tunnel of what was once the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad at Point Of Rocks (now operated by CSX). The boards posted along the towpath told the story of the fierce competition between the canal and railroad. They included pictures showing the single track of rails disappearing around the bend from about the same perspective before the tunnel was built...along with three men perched ten to fifteen feet up on the side of the rocky hill where the tunnel is now.

I stopped again on my return trip home...but that will be for another post.

Overlooking the Potomac River from the banks of the canal towpath


Point of Rocks tunnel along the banks of the Potomac

Stepping through what once was a key route for goods along the Potomac


Century stream flow gage...in operation since February 1895


Join the conversation
9
There are 9 comments , add yours!
Ben Mckechnie 2 years, 10 months ago

I really like the smooth water effect in #1. Thanks for entering the weekly theme this
week. Look out for the winners announcement and new weekly theme tomorrow!

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Mark Lineberger Replied to Ben Mckechnie 2 years, 10 months ago

Thanks, and will do!

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Helen Hooker 2 years, 10 months ago

I love the softness of the water in no.1

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Mark Lineberger Replied to Helen Hooker 2 years, 10 months ago

Thank you!

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Stephanie Hyde 2 years, 10 months ago

Love #1...the composition, water, and trees standing like sentinels on the shore are fantastic!

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Mark Lineberger Replied to Stephanie Hyde 2 years, 10 months ago

Thanks! Funny I didn't even notice those trees standing out the way they do since it was so difficult finding a good spot and not pitching myself into the river!

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Stephanie Hyde Replied to Mark Lineberger 2 years, 10 months ago

That happens to me a lot too...you see so much more after you've taken the shot, lol! Happy accident but I love it!

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Jill Bahm 2 years, 10 months ago

These are great - I love the water in the top photo and the color/texture of the bridge in the second.

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Mark Lineberger Replied to Jill Bahm 2 years, 10 months ago

Thank you, Jill!

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Up
Copyright @Photoblog.com