Tim Kiser's photos with the northern West Virginia

The year 1905 as expressed in the form of an Ohio River bridge.

The year 1905 as expressed in the form of an Ohio River bridge.
Think of the variety of interests and concerns of the local Ohioans and West Virginians of 1905 — nearly all of them forgotten!

The blue-and-yella color scheme was affixed in 2011 and was intended to express petulant unfriendliness toward the Ohioans on…
Added on March 18, 2016

Hiking trail through this heathland/these heathlands of the Dolly Sods Wilderness.

Hiking trail through this heathland/these heathlands of the Dolly Sods Wilderness.
1) This is a "heathlands" because late-19th-century clearcutting led to wildfires that burned away the topsoil.
2) This is a "hiking trail" because floodwater scours away the shrubby plants as it barrels down the hillside unimpeded.
3) This is a "wilderne…
Added on October 28, 2015

A picture of the official WILDERNESS VISITORS' ETHOS of take only pictures leave only footprints.

A picture of the official WILDERNESS VISITORS' ETHOS of take only pictures leave only footprints.
For 30 to 45 seconds I pushed my shoes more and more deeply into the mud, my grin slowly widening all the while.

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In Tucker County, West Virginia, on May 7th, 2015, on the Bear Rocks Trail (Trail 522) in the Dolly Sods Wilderness…
Added on December 23, 2015

Grows with difficulty, diagonally misshapen windblown serviceberry.

Grows with difficulty, diagonally misshapen windblown serviceberry.
Later in the year a person will spend an entire weekend collecting serviceberries and baking a serviceberry pie.

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In Tucker County, West Virginia, on May 7th, 2015, along the Bear Rocks Trail (Trail 522) in the Dolly Sods Wilderne…
Added on October  4, 2015

Footpath through delicious blueberries and/or huckleberries.

Footpath through delicious blueberries and/or huckleberries.
Until the late 19th century this was a forest of spectacularly huge red spruce and eastern hemlock trees, sitting atop seven to nine feet of humus!, but oh well. "Barrens" are special too, I guess — especially if you're a huckleberry or a snake or a rock!…
Added on August 19, 2015

"Days at Red Creek," I sighed and said as I took pictures.

"Days at Red Creek," I sighed and said as I took pictures.
"This is about sentimental emotions and fishing," I continued as I moved my camera to and from my eye.

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In Tucker County, West Virginia, east of Laneville, on May 7th, 2015, Red Creek as viewed from the south side of Laneville Roa…
Added on November  3, 2015

Sending coal mine runoff into the watercourses of a countryside.

Sending coal mine runoff into the watercourses of a countryside.
The water is clear, see?, it's only the rocks that are orange. So cheer up.

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In Coketon, West Virginia, on May 6th, 2015, a tributary of the North Fork Blackwater River.

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Library of Congress classification…
Added on December 25, 2015

Acid mine drainage scenery of the North Fork of the Blackwater River in Tucker County, West Virginia.

Acid mine drainage scenery of the North Fork of the Blackwater River in Tucker County, West Virginia.
Everybody mail me bottles of your tears, and I will bring them here and pour them into the water. It's the only thing that will change the rocks back to their normal color.

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In Douglas, West Virginia, on May 6th, 2015, the North F…
Added on November  4, 2015

Okay okay okay okay!

Okay okay okay okay!
According to a quick tour of the worldwide web I undertook just now, "OK" was a ~1950s-1960s marketing idea pertaining to used Chevrolet autos.

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In Parsons, West Virginia, on May 6th, 2015, at "Performance Chevrolet," a/k/a "Perfo…
Added on September 28, 2015

The Tucker County Courthouse!, classic historic smalltown county courthouse, with clocktower and ferris wheel.

The Tucker County Courthouse!, classic historic smalltown county courthouse, with clocktower and ferris wheel.
To enjoy this you have to set aside your natural suspicions of local governments in the rural areas of the U.S., riddled as they are with corrupt good-old-boys' networks and lawless cops, etc. Just think about the architecture.

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I…
Added on November 17, 2015

A carnival is installed downtown.

A carnival is installed downtown.
Unwadded white tarpaulins of dirt become "walls" of an outdoor "hallway" as workmen haul their amusements out into the streets.

Retarded by sandbarrels will falling-objects injuries be.

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In downtown Parsons, West Virginia, on May…
Added on November 24, 2015

Dogwood-and-dumpster scene of a mountain town plus 3 utility poles with pole-mounted transformers and wooden siding.

Dogwood-and-dumpster scene of a mountain town plus 3 utility poles with pole-mounted transformers and wooden siding.
I know it's lazy to like something so common, but.

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In downtown Parsons, West Virginia, on May 6th, 2015, at the northeast corner of 2nd Street and Panther Lane.

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Library of Congress classification ideas:…
Added on August  8, 2015

I interviewed a carny and asked her to talk about what was happening here and she said "Well, we're gettin' all our balls hung up to get ready to give to the ringtossers."

I interviewed a carny and asked her to talk about what was happening here and she said "Well, we're gettin' all our balls hung up to get ready to give to the ringtossers."
"Ringtossers at bottles. The ones that get a ring around a bottle, we'll give a ball to," she clarified. "They have to pay if they want to toss the rings. It costs $5 for twelve tries."

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In downtown Parsons, West Virginia, on May…
Added on October  1, 2015

Rare!, orange tarpaulin.

Rare!, orange tarpaulin.
If I had an orange tarpaulin I wouldn't display it so conspicuously. This is an invitation to theft.

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In downtown Mannington, West Virginia, on July 15th, 2010, on the east side of Clarksburg Street, north of Pleasant Street.

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Added on April 15, 2015

Badly obstructed view of a former hotel that nowadays contains apartments for senior citizens.

Badly obstructed view of a former hotel that nowadays contains apartments for senior citizens.
Erected in 1917 (as you probably already guessed from its appearance), here was what was originally the "Fairmont Hotel." It got switched over to being the "Eastview Unity Apartments" a/k/a "Eastview Unity Terrace" in 1984.

Yes, "here was what was"; and…
Added on April 27, 2015

Remembering back upon a long-ago time, when the city of Fairmont, West Virginia, was trying to remember back upon its musical heritage of a longer-ago time.

Remembering back upon a long-ago time, when the city of Fairmont, West Virginia, was trying to remember back upon its musical heritage of a longer-ago time.
I was the head of Fairmont's Tourism and Economic Development Authority at the time this mural was painted, so I cry and feel sad that our efforts never amounted to anything lasting. Think of piano keys smeared with blood and pus and mold.

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Added on May 30, 2015

Pavement closely approaches the Monongahela River, because why not. And there is the tall city of Fairmont.

Pavement closely approaches the Monongahela River, because why not. And there is the tall city of Fairmont.
Teens congregate here and experiment with sending different kinds of urban runoffs from impervious surfaces out into the river.

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In Fairmont, West Virginia, on December 26th, 2014, in Palatine Park.

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Libra…
Added on June 15, 2015

Viewing a gray Shop 'n Save through my bangs or eyelashes.

Viewing a gray Shop 'n Save through my bangs or eyelashes.
I looked at and thought about the dumpster fence's tan-colored plastic privacy slats.

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In Fairmont, West Virginia, on December 26th, 2014, a view from a McDonald's parking lot at the northeast corner of East Park Avenue and Speedw…
Added on June  7, 2015