The world as I see it — by R C Norman

About Me

In my view, a good photograph tells a story.  A great photograph tells a story you never forget.  A noble aspiration.  I love photography not just because it’s creative, artistic or fun.  I love photography because it has taught me a different way to view the world, a new way to see.  If you’re reading this, then I hope one of my photos caught your eye and your curiosity about who chose to see and preserve that moment in time.

A native Virginian, I spend my spare time exploring this beautiful state, from the Monticello Wine Trail along the eastern Blue Ridge to the rivers and backwater tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay.  While photography and writing are my passions, I spend my professional life as a communications director for a pharmaceutical company that occasionally provides opportunities for me to travel internationally.  Wherever I go, I usually take my Nikon along to capture those magical moments created by color, texture, light, and my desire to see and share them with you.  I’m new to photo blogging and look forward to sharing my images, seeing and learning from others, swapping stories, and making some new friends along the way.   Stop by anytime.

– Rob Norman

46 responses

  1. Pleased to meet you. I admire photographers in that they can see, what most of us simply pass on by.

    February 17, 2017 at 5:53 am

  2. Lovely to meet you Rob. Do feel free to visit my blog when you have a moment or two. 🙂

    May 28, 2015 at 10:53 am

  3. Your header picture is magnificent. Did you take it?

    June 30, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    • Thanks. My header pic rotates so I’m not sure which one you are referring to, but I appreciate the comment. Yes, I take all of the shots I post here, unless indicated otherwise.

      June 30, 2013 at 6:55 pm

  4. Your photos are wonderful..Thanks for sharing and looking forward to reading your further posts 🙂

    April 26, 2013 at 2:24 am

  5. Hi R C, I am nominating you for the “very inspiring blogging award” I think you photos are amazing. To get the award take it from my page. Rules are 7 secrets & nominate 15 of your favorites. Congrats & thank you. You don’t have to accept it. Just leave it there, I just wanted you to know that I think your great!- Amy

    June 30, 2012 at 10:43 am

    • Amy, thank you so much for nominating me for this award. I’m honored and appreciate the recognition. – Rob

      July 1, 2012 at 4:28 pm

  6. thanks rob for stopping by and liking my post. i am following your blog. best wishes to you. regards/amit

    June 30, 2012 at 2:50 am

  7. Thanks for following my blog and the likes on my posts!

    June 19, 2012 at 8:55 pm

  8. Thanks for liking my post, brought me to your blog! 🙂 Looks great and looking forward to following and knowing more! 😀 Aims from

    June 16, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    • Hi Aims, that’s a coincidence — I was just reading your “About” too! I was checking out your blog and really liked what I saw. Thanks for your interest and for following me. I’ll be following your work as well and look forward to seeing more. Cheers! – Rob

      June 16, 2012 at 5:06 pm

  9. claude

    First, thanks for following my blog.
    Second, You are correct about VA. I lived in Norfolk, Bluefield, and Roanoke and had the opportunity to travel much of the state. I think it is time that I return and spend some time wondering just wondering.
    Third, I like your and work and will be following you blog/


    June 15, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    • Thanks Claude. I appreciate the comment and your interest in my work. Yes, Virginia is a beautiful state. I lived in Blacksburg for 4 yours when I went to VT, so I’m familiar with that part of the state as well. Look forward to seeing more of your posts. – Rob

      June 15, 2012 at 3:52 pm

  10. Because I enjoy your blog so much, I have nominated you for the Reader Appreciation Award. You can read about it on my blog.

    June 4, 2012 at 1:04 am

    • Thanks so much for the recognition. I sincerely appreciate it and will try to follow the rules in reciprocating.

      June 4, 2012 at 3:33 pm

  11. Hi Kimberly, thanks for the awards and for following my blog. I truly appreciate it. — Rob

    June 2, 2012 at 2:10 pm

  12. Hi! I just wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger and Sunshine Awards! If you want to repost the award here are the rules. (I did it a little differently than everyone else seems to be doing.:) I think my way is a little more complicated!

    Rules for the Versatile Blogger Award:
    Thank the person who gave you this award.
    Include a link to their blog.
    Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
    Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award – you might include a link to this site.
    Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

    Rules for the Sunshine Award:

    Link the award to the person who gave it to you.
    Answer the questions that come with it.
    Pass it along to 10 people and let them know they have received it.


    Favorite Color
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    Prefer getting or giving presents
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    Favorite Flower

    June 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm

  13. AirportsMadeSimple

    Hi RC – I especially like your titles. They remind me of Kelsae Skye. Keep up the beautiful work. I, too, have a Nikon – which I love – and spend waaaay too little time using it. You remind me to do that! I love boats, too. Had a Rinker sleeper cabin, but proved too much work for hubby and I with our “day jobs.” But boy, it was fun. As are any boat owners! Cheers, AMS

    May 31, 2012 at 7:43 am

    • Hi AMS, thanks for your kind words. I was not familiar with Kelsae Skye, so I googled and found their blog. Now I’m a follower 🙂 I’m glad I might inspire you to dust off that Nikon and use it. Photography keeps my young! And yes, boats are a labor of love, but sometimes that labor gets to be more than the love 🙂 I do enough just to keep mine floating. Running is a different story. Cheers, Rob

      May 31, 2012 at 11:28 am

  14. Thank you Rob! I’ve enjoyed perusing your photos, especially as a fellow native Virginian far away from home. Glad to connect. Cheers!

    May 29, 2012 at 7:41 pm

  15. Thanks for the compliment, Dorothy. Your deer photo caught my eye. Look forward to seeing more of your posts. — Rob

    May 25, 2012 at 8:35 am

  16. Thanks for visiting my blog “Eyes to Heart” and liking my post “Capturing Deer …” Appreciate the feedback. … Your images are lovely … Be well, Dorothy 🙂

    May 24, 2012 at 9:34 pm

  17. Hello R.C., I believe we are kindred spirits! Your blog and fantastic and I am loving that you kayak! Thanks so much for the like onan recent post of mine and for the follow! I will follow you from here as well! Best, incidentallearner

    May 24, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    • Thanks incidentallearner for your comments. You have a great blog, and I enjoy your posts. Thanks for following mine. — Rob

      May 25, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      • You are so very welcome! Thank you as well for your generous visit! Hope to see you again soon!

        May 25, 2012 at 8:48 pm

  18. Thanks for the follow. Reading your blog is like a visit back home for me. I lived and worked in Richmond for 30+ years (WRVA Radio). Again, thanks for the visit.

    May 22, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    • Was just listening to WRVA on my drive home. Great radio station. You must have known Charlie Fishburn. I believe he worked there before he moved to TV news with WTVR. He’s my neighbor.

      May 22, 2012 at 9:35 pm

  19. Thank you for visiting and following Onelifethislife. You have quite a wonderful blog with great photos! I look foward to visiting again.

    May 20, 2012 at 10:29 pm

  20. Sharon, thank you so much for your kind words. I was just in Ireland last week, not too far from you. I wish I had more time to explore that region, and do hope to get back there sometime. I’ve been blogging now for only a few weeks, but have already met some amazing people, like yourself, and know that I’m going to truly enjoy seeing and learning from others who share my passion. Oh, and thanks for following. I can’t wait to see more of your beautiful work. — Rob

    May 18, 2012 at 10:08 am

  21. Dear Rob, your photos are a feast to the eyes and refreshing rain to the soul on this wonderful morning! I love to see the world through your lens and much to learn from you! Thank you for this place of rest and beauty. Happy travels and I look forward to seeing more of your work. Do keep in touch. Warmest greetings from Finland, Sharon

    May 18, 2012 at 3:20 am

  22. Thanks for visiting and for your compliments. I wish you sweet light and magical moments in your photographic pursuits. — Rob

    May 17, 2012 at 5:05 pm

  23. Your photos are great and inspirational! 🙂 I’ve never studied photography but it has become something i plano on pursuing very soon!

    May 17, 2012 at 3:11 pm

  24. Thanks, I look forward to the day that I can devote more time to my photography and less time to working for big Pharma. Living in the Sierra Foothills sounds like the pace of life I desire. Thanks for stopping by.

    May 16, 2012 at 9:38 pm

  25. I worked for a number of pharma companies before heading to the Sierra Foothills and a slower life! Thank you for the like on my blog, and I hope that you come back and visit again soon!

    May 16, 2012 at 9:17 pm

  26. Lee

    Hi – Thanks for stopping by and following Enthusiast Photographer! You’ve got a nice eye for composition, and live in a beautiful part of the country (I have family that lived near Wicomico Church). I really enjoy your photography!


    May 14, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    • Thanks, Lee. I’m a Nikon guy and enjoy reading your reviews and commentary on the latest developments. I look forward to reading your posts. — Rob

      May 14, 2012 at 9:41 pm

  27. Living our passions inspires us to face the crazy , demanding world that we live in. Thanks for sharing your adventures with us. So cool!

    May 10, 2012 at 1:53 am

    • I couldn’t agree more. Thanks for your kind words. Happy shooting!

      May 10, 2012 at 5:50 am

  28. Hi, Rob — For some reason I’m not getting email notification of your new posts. WordPress shows that I am following you, but I don’t think I’ve received anything since I started subscribing a few weeks ago.

    May 9, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    • Hi Darla, I’m still learning how all this works, but I think you can manage your follows/subscriptions from the Dashboard. You can follow someone in your Reader without getting their posts via email. If you want to receive emails, you need to specify that. Probably the easiest way is to use the Follow via email button on my blog home page. Let me know if that works. And thanks again for your interest in my photos. — Rob

      May 10, 2012 at 5:43 am

      • You’re listed as a blog I’m following — that’s what’s so strange. I’ll figure it out. I just don’t want to miss your photos!

        May 10, 2012 at 9:23 am

  29. Hello, thanks for stopping by my blog and liking a recent post. I love your images, you have certainly visited some very beautiful places! I hope once graduating this summer I too will be able to spend time travelling and taking photographs, of course I will also have to find a job!

    May 1, 2012 at 11:50 am

    • Thank you Samantha for your kind words. I enjoy traveling and will be in Dublin, Ireland next week on business, but will have my Nikon of course 🙂 Your photos caught my eye. They are very good. Good luck with finishing up school and finding a job.

      May 1, 2012 at 12:19 pm

  30. Hi, Rob — Thank you for visiting my blog. Your photographs are wonderful. Since I’m not much of a traveler, I use photographs to see the world. I’ll be sure to visit your blog regularly. A friend moved to Virginia a few years ago and she’d like me to come out (I’m in California). Maybe someday …

    April 30, 2012 at 9:54 pm

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