Krog Street Tunnel – ATL

Lots to explore here … the art changes daily!

Krog Street Tunnel #1

Krog Street Tunnel #1

Krog Street Tunnel #2

Krog Street Tunnel #2

Krog Street Tunnel #3

Krog Street Tunnel #3

Krog Street Tunnel #4

Krog Street Tunnel #4

Mountain Breeze

Some love the beach, but I’ll take a cool mountain breeze any day if given a choice between the two.  The Smokies and Blue Ridge Mountains are smothered with ferns in the summer.  Mild breezes sometime make it difficult to photograph them under the dark forest canopy.  Relatively high shutter speeds are needed to avoid leaf movement, but this is not very feasible on an overcast day with relatively low light hitting the forest floor .

So what to do?  Capture the breeze!

Breezy Ferns, Blue Ridge Mountains

Breezy Ferns, Blue Ridge Mountains

Fog Ahead

Captured at Rough Ridge, a popular trail that leads to lovely sunset points of view near mile marker 305 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Hovering fog killed my sunrise plans for a nearby location, but I remembered crossing this bridge on a prior afternoon’s hike with Kathy.  Fog has it’s place; up ahead on this valley trail at first light.  :-)

Foot Bridge on Rough Ridge Trail, Blue Ridge Parkway

Foot Bridge on Rough Ridge Trail, Blue Ridge Parkway

Hope

As old as this rock outcrop must be, imagine the number of “fresh starts” it has seen.  Each day can represent a fresh start if we allow the sun to peek over the hill and shine on our face; a new beginning with no judgement about yesterday or worries for tomorrow.

God places the new day there for us to behold and find joy by just being present.

Sunrise Glow at Beacon Ridge, Blue Ridge Parkway near Grandfather Mountain

Sunrise Glow at Beacon Ridge, Blue Ridge Parkway near Grandfather Mountain

Epic Craggy

This was photographed at Craggy Pinnacle on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  It was an epic sunset in every sense of the work … phenomenal skies, and directly behind me all the way to the 9 o’clock position was a bank of fog that God politely held back to allow this view.

His artistry never disappoints!

Sunset at Craggy Pinnacle, Blue Ridge Mountains

Sunset at Craggy Pinnacle, Blue Ridge Mountains

Geometry

Art Academy, San Francisco

Art Academy, San Francisco

Commons near Market Street and Embarcadero, San Francisco

Commons near Market Street and Embarcadero, San Francisco

Let Freedom Ring!

Happy Independence Day!

Old Glory at Peachtree Center

Old Glory at Peachtree Center

Lumpkin County Courthouse - Monroe, GA

Walton County Courthouse – Monroe, GA

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Smoky Skies

The epitome of the Smokies and the Blue Ridge Mountains – hazy mountain tops and blah skies.  This region definitely has it’s spectacular sunsets, for sure, but more often than not the volatile summer weather patterns and valleys yield a foggy mess for us photogs.

While curating and editing pictures from this trip, my inclination was to toss this image because of the haze.  But on second thought, I decided to embrace it for what it is … while not an eye-popping sunset spectacular, it is nonetheless the quintissential reality of these mountain ranges in the summer.

As a counter punch, beautiful flame azaleas were in full bloom and spiced up the foreground as sunset wrapped the day.

Flame Azaleas at Dusk

Flame Azaleas at Dusk

 

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Generations

Like generational families, waterfalls put front and center the harmony of youthful vibrance surrounded by the wisdom of the aged.  Each  is beautiful in its own right, but their coexistence is pure and  elegant.

Generations - Eastatoe Falls, Brevard, NC

Generations @ Catawba Falls near Old Fort, NC

Eastatoe Falls – Brevard, NC

Thanks to my best bud Carl, I had a wonderful weekend packed with western North Carolina goodness!  It was a confluence of friendship, hiking, camping, and photography, all of which exemplify and reinforced to me God’s blessings of nature.  I often take for granted how much each means to me, not to mention their relatively easy access within only a few hours.

More to come, but this is one of my favorites from the trip.  Eastatoe is all you see in the photo and so much more.  This wide angle view does not reveal the enormity of these falls … a 60 foot high series of roaring cascades.  It sits behind an old south residential property, and the owners are kind enough to share their gem with visitors at no charge.  What a gift!

Eastatoe, Falls

Eastatoe Falls – Brevard, NC

Lunchtime Invitation

Complimentary Condiment

Complimentary Condiment

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Simplicity

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” ~Leonardo da Vinci

Corner Stones

Corner Stones

Noontime Ride-A-Long

Noontime Ride-A-Long

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