The Beauty in Virginia


Check out the incredible landscape and wildlife photos in the Piedmont Environmental Council’s 7th annual photo contest! The photo above shows the Shenandoah River in Clarke County. What a beautiful state we share!

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16 responses to “The Beauty in Virginia”

  1. Andrew Roesell Avatar
    Andrew Roesell

    Amen. Thanks for sharing, Jim.



  2. LarrytheG Avatar

    If you want to PUT YOURSELF in this tableau – you launch a canoe!

    then you get to experience – the full measure !

    or you could just view a you tube of others trips!

  3. Peter Galuszka Avatar
    Peter Galuszka

    What? No snakes?

    1. That’s one ugly looking sucker!

  4. Peter Galuszka Avatar
    Peter Galuszka

    Larry the G.

    Are these your pix! Wow! Back Bay?

  5. LarrytheG Avatar

    No.. not mine – but I’ve seen PLENTY of snakes on rivers including the Shenandoah and have pix…somewhere.

    The worst time on rivers is sunny days in early Spring – because they like to sun themselves in trees and will drop into unsuspecting boats floating under them… I’ve see folks actually jump OUT of their canoes… cuz once that guy drops in your boat and comes in your direction – you leave!

    so… don’t paddle under trees!!

  6. Peter Galuszka Avatar
    Peter Galuszka

    This is one is a cottonmouth

    1. LarrytheG Avatar

      yep – Saw a bunch of them this past summer here:

      but on foot… one mile of boardwalk – not canoeing

  7. Andrew Roesell Avatar
    Andrew Roesell

    The PEC used this quote from their brochures back in the later 1980s: “What a glorious world Almighty God has given us. How thankless and ungrateful we are, and how we labor to mar his gifts.” Written by Robert E. Lee.

  8. LarrytheG Avatar

    Andrew – that sounds like the perfect Motto for the EPA!

    PEC is your classic left-leaning … protect our land and water resources – group, right?

    1. TooManyTaxes Avatar

      My impression of PEC is broader than that. I believe some members simply want to protect their rural lifestyle by pushing growth to more developed areas through urbanization of suburban areas and discouraging exurban development.

  9. LarrytheG Avatar

    TMT – you should check out their “issues” page..

    here’s one:



    Clean water…

    PEC often aligns with other environmental groups in Va – including the SELC, River Groups, and others.. but their demographic is heavy on the landed gentry side… 😉

    I support them – because they are rational and not “out there”

    1. TooManyTaxes Avatar

      Larry, I saw PEC in action for six plus years on Tysons issues. I know of which I write. I’m not saying the entity does no good. What I am saying is a number of its members are giving money to keep development out of the areas west of NoVA. Mega rich NIMBYs.

  10. LarrytheG Avatar

    TMT – they are opposed to sprawl. They support well planned and functioning urban areas – and they support rural lands, clean water and air.. but are opposed to transportation projects and other policies that promote building outer-ring suburban sprawl that depends on major new roads for commuting.

    I think you’ll find that they are in favor of tolls on I-66 and Metro.


    and yes – they are Landed Gentry… who do not want sprawling riff raff building their cookie cutter subdivisions within eyesight of their well-cared-for homes and land.. 😉

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