In my free time, I try to spend as much time outdoors as possible, so when I can get outside on the job, I love it! Each summer our outdoors editor, Mark Taylor, produces a series on some aspect of outdoor life in our area. Luckily, we live in one of the most beautiful areas in the country, so coming up with subject matter is never a problem. These are a few photos from my work with thus far this summer. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it!
Catfish Camp Rods
Roanoke Times Outdoors Editor Mark Taylor casts for brown and rainbow trout in White Top Laurel creek.
This beautiful wild rainbow trout was caught on a bead head prince nymph in White Top Laurel creek.
Todd Gilley heads toward the finish line of Sunday's Commonwealth Games mountain bike race at Carvin's Cove.
Scott Horner sports a wound he suffered during Sunday's Commonwealth Games mountain bike race at Carvin's Cove.
Roanoke Times outdoors editor Mark Taylor follows the second pitch, or rope length of "Sentinel Buttress," a 200 ft., 5.5 climb at Moore's Wall, a climbing area in Hanging Rock State Park in North Carolina.
Roanoke Times outdoors editor Mark Taylor ties a "follow through figure eight" knot, the most basic climbing knot, used to attach a climber to his rope.
Roanoke Times outdoors editor Mark Taylor displays some of the berries he picked trailside.
Fog rolls in as Roanoke Times outdoors editor Mark Taylor heads heads for the Thomas Knob shelter on the AT.
Roanoke Times outdoors editor Mark Taylor checks the map at the trail head before an evening hike to Thomas Knob shelter.
Roanoke Times outdoors editor Mark Taylor shares dinner an conversation with Chris Elliot at the Thomas Knob shelter.
Morning fog on Mount Rogers gives the mountain the appearance of the Olympic peninsula.