The blistering heat of the summer sun made it easy to imagine that the Goochland County clay was red from sunburn.
But the soil was moist after a spate of rainy days, so for the hop vines stretching up strings on a knoll at Lickinghole Creek, the intense light was a boon. On some of the strands, thumb-size cones hung in profusion; elsewhere, the tendrils were just beginning their climb toward maturity.
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NOTE: Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery will hold its grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. with live music and fresh beer. The brewery is located in Goochland County at 4100 Knolls Point Drive.