PICTURE/SHOW: The Hills & Dales of Al Peery’s West Virginia



Flagged spruce and mountain ash grace the Canyon Rim Trail. 
Roaring Plains
Monongahela National Forest
Photo by Al Peery

Al Peery is an exceptional chronicler of the wild and the wonderful in West Virginia. His crystalline photographs speak for themselves, so we will let them do just that without much further ado. Except to say that when it comes to Autumn in the West Virginia outback, nothing could be finer than Al Peery framing the scene as he wanders Mountain State wild places.

Below is a little about Al’s photographic background from his website PeeryPhoto.com. (He is also a computer tech savant with more than a quarter-century’s experience serving up on-site and remote computer support services via PeeryTech.com.)

Renaissance fellow that he is, Al is also a fixture in the Charleston WV music scene, playing out with such ensembles as Still Portrait, The Velvet Brothers, The Velvet Nomads, VB4, MBQ, Blues du Jour, Comparsa and the Kanawha Valley Community Band. He facilitates drum circles via a business he and Sheila McEntee created called Drum n Fun, which hosts a large community circle every year for FestivALL Charleston. He lives in Charleston with his wife, Lisa, cats Xena and Harriet, and — he notes evocatively — ” countless unseen creatures.”


AL PEERY: In his own words

Huckleberry morning at Bear Rocks Preserve.
Dolly Sods Wilderness
Monongahela National Forest
Photo by Al Peery

My father was an architect and amateur photographer, so my first ‘exposure’ to photography was through images of buildings and other structures that he captured in his travels. Although I’ve been shooting for over 40 years, the bug didn’t really bite in a personal way until I bought my first digital SLR in 2008 and began to experiment. I point it at everything. Nature, landscapes, architecture, people, animals, sports … you name it.

I enjoy capturing and sharing these images, and I’m very fortunate to live in a state graced by wonderful architecture and some of the most beautiful scenery to be found anywhere. I enjoy shooting unusual perspectives of scenes that we see everyday, hoping to capture the viewer’s imagination and inspire appreciation for buildings and scenery surrounding us.

Some of the images are presented just as I saw them through the viewfinder, while some are digitally adjusted using a more artistic approach.

SEE MORE PHOTOS BELOW STORY LIST.



Along the Trail
Christmas Tree Heaven
Bear Rocks Trail
Dolly Sods Wilderness
Photo by Al Peery


Bear Rocks Fog Machines in Action
Dolly Sods
Photo by Al Peery


Along the Trail
Cheshire Cat Rock
Rocky Ridge Trail
Dolly Sods Wilderness
Photo by Al Peery


Rock-hopping in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia
Canyon Rim Trail
Roaring Plains
Photo by Al Peery


Mountain Ash on the Canyon Rim Trail
Roaring Plains
Monongahela National Forest
Photo by Al Peery


The sun rises above a roiling ocean of sky…
Bear Rocks Preserve
Dolly Sods
Photo by Al Peery

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