Categories: Virginia Travel Photos
Tags: landscape, people, travel photography, university, virginia, virginia tech university
I recently spent a week in Blacksburg, Virginia, shooting photos of the Virginia Tech University campus. I came to the area on assignment to shoot another subject, but having grown up near here and attended Tech as a freshman college student twelve years ago I decided to show my old school some love. Virginia Tech University has always boasted one of the most beautiful campuses I’ve ever seen. Almost entirely constructed of Hokie stone, which is mined locally, the campus has an old-Earth feel with each building assembled using these old stones. The university itself was founded in 1872 and continue to expand today.
Virginia Tech has a beautiful campus centered around the Drillfield. This central field, larger than a football field, provides a sort of “Central Park” to the campus that divides the residential areas from the educational areas. At one end of the Drillfield is the Duck Pond, which is full of animals, beauty, and urban legends. At the other end sits War Memorial Chapel and Alumni Mall, which leads to the Quad and the barracks of the Corps of Cadets.
The university is also very well known for their athletics, the Virginia Tech Hokies. Cassell Coliseum and Lane Stadium sit on the back side of campus and are just as picturesque as they functional. Game days on this campus are enormous for almost any sport, particularly their football team.
When you add the fact that Blacksburg, Virginia, nestled comfortably in the Appalachian Mountains, experiences a full four seasons each year you can understand the true beauty of this campus. Surrounded by the Cascades in Giles County, Mabry Mill in nearby Floyd County, the Appalachian Trail, and Claytor Lake, the entire area provides a tremendous opportunity for photography…and great sightseeing!
View some of my favorite photos below, or use the following link to visit my website for the entire album or my Facebook page to leave a few comments!
About Jason Barnette
Jason Barnette is an internationally published travel photographer based in Myrtle Beach, SC. From here, Jason explores the Southeastern United States shooting photos of the travel industry, tourism, and beautiful landscapes. His photos focus on telling the story of a destination from beginning to end throughout all four seasons, highlighting landscapes, people, food, lodging, and entertainment. Through this blog, Jason publishes his best photos from specific assignments, travel destinations, parks, and projects.