“Aaaah, good use of the media, mate!” raved Trent Stitt about Nelson Apodaca on Facebook on Thursday.
Mr. Apodaca, the nightlife columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia, started getting messages about this view, shot, on his Facebook page earlier in the week. He was wondering what his friends would do with the image, and people from the Valley County Land Conservancy and the Carlisle Hatchery, his next-door neighbors, came calling.
So what is it that first captured the attention of so many viewers?
“Well, it was an awesome shot, you got to realize,” he told the Times-Dispatch after finding a note written by Shane Funderburk in Philadelphia.
The striking shot was taken on a northern Virginia farm, but the location was not announced.
“I remember talking to [Vroomfarm] a few months ago about something they were doing,” Mr. Apodaca said. “And there was some kind of bicycle thing that had been donated. So I thought it would be cool to take a bike and just ride around, so I brought a few and took some pictures.”
Mr. Apodaca, 57, has lived on the farm his whole life, and has been keeping a blog about his experiences for 25 years.
In fact, that blog has been well-read over the years. His most recent post from two years ago shows Mr. Apodaca bicycling through Boston. When he made the trip, the author took pictures.
“I thought it would be kind of cool to give someone else a chance to have that opportunity I had, and it turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life,” he said.
“The farm, the house, the surroundings, it’s just completely idyllic. It’s like being in a postcard from another part of the world,” he said.
Now, having amassed 5.3 million Facebook “likes” from his world view, he is hoping to turn it into something “otherworldly.”
“I would like to do a series of pictures on the farm and one that goes to Penn,” he said. “I am thinking of the type of work I do, and I would like to pursue that endeavor.”