The Piedmont Through the Viewfinder

David Anhold
Photo by Katherine Vance

They say a picture’s worth a thousand words, and that couldn’t be more true than when it comes to the beauty of Virginia’s Piedmont. No one knows this better than our regional photographers.

With this region’s mountains, rolling farmland, forests, meadows, rivers, waterfalls, wildlife, plants, interesting towns and history—it’s enough to make anyone have to grab a camera and start shooting. PEC will continue to celebrate the Piedmont’s photographers of all skill levels with the opening of our 4th Annual Photo Contest this July. We’ve been delighted with the success of our past three contests, and we are excited to see this year’s submissions.

Meet Photographer David Anhold

David Anhold regularly shares his photos with PEC, and we love how he captures the beauty of this region—from gorgeous panoramas to close-ups of insects. Anhold is a landscape architect based out of Albemarle County, but he’s always had an interest in photography and shoots as a hobby.

“I think it’s an outgrowth of my work as a landscape architect,” he says. “it’s a natural fit…Photography helps me notice that there is beauty around us all of the time. You just have to look.”

Anhold and his wife live at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and he loves to grab his camera and run up to the Blue Ridge Parkway when he sees a storm rolling in to get some dynamic landscape shots. His go-to is a view of Rockfish Valley from a Parkway overlook. Yet, he also likes to get low and look more closely at the macro world. “With this crazy world we live in,” he laughs, “there is something interesting at every level.”

Photography has instilled a deep appreciation in Anhold for this region’s natural resources, as well as an awareness of the need to protect them. “As a photographer who enjoys the outdoors,” he explains, “I know that we are blessed to have beautiful and bountiful natural places around us, and I absolutely see that we should protect these resources.”

Check out more of David Anhold’s work by visiting his Flickr page,, and visit PEC’s webpage for more information about our photo contests:

This article was featured in our Summer 2013 Member Newsletter, The Piedmont View.