Today is West Virginia Day. A lot of bloggers are getting together to try and put forth a new image for our state. One of the things that I've noticed over the years is that I have a very different view of our state and our economy than the conventional wisdom. We hear lots of moaning about how there are no jobs and the economy is terrible, etc., etc. As an advertising photographer, I go around the state and I visit all sorts of businesses and organizations. If they are spending money to bring me to their location, chances are that these groups are growing and are doing interesting things. That's what I see, day in and day out, so my perspective is much more optimistic about what's going on here. Here are a few shots from some of those visits. I wish I had more time to dig into the files, but here are a few things I found with a quick browse.