Peters Mountain runs for miles between Virginia and West Virginia down around Peterstown, Pearisburg, and Paint Bank. A sharply defined linear ridge, it appears way over there on one horizon and disappears way over there on the other while extending an irresistible invitation to approach, to touch, to climb and cross for deserts on the other side.
Crossing routes are few however, sometimes rough, and far between which may account for its palpable sense of history and frontier heritage. This red shed, shot while facing away from the mountain, can be seen along County Road 15 connecting Gap Mills and Second Creek on the western side to Waiteville and Potts Creek on the east. Only recently paved, I've forged this crossing many times always tempted to turn right around and cross again. Especially when my mind is alive, my heart is full, and the light is sweet.
© r0293-16 Red Shed on Hill
Monroe County, Wva.
Wednesday 7 June 1989