Paris in Springtime (Paris, Virginia is one of the best protected privately owned landscapes in America)
Update: April 2011 The Piedmont Environmental Council have chosen this image for the cover of their 2010 Annual Report.
The Piedmont Environmental Council works to promote and protect the Virginia Piedmont's rural economy, natural resources, history and beauty. Headquartered in Warrenton, VA, PEC has offices throughout a nine county Piedmont region that includes Albemarle, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock counties.
Their Mission: Safeguarding the landscapes, communities and heritage of the Piedmont by involving citizens in related public policy and land conservation.
The use of this image by this organization is very fulfilling for me personally since land conservation is both near and dear to me and extremely important to maintaining the character of this beautiful state. If I can inspire people to become concerned and involved then a large part of my mission has been accomplished. As a photographer I feel I have a responsibility, as well as the honor, to protect those beautiful areas I photograph.
Please take a few minutes to check out their website :
To see the annual report here is the direct link:
Note: I replaced the image I originally downloaded in 2008 with one newly reworked for the publication.