Guardians of the Galaxy

Another from the sunflower farm ….

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A Burst of Sunshine

There’s always one in the crowd who attracts more attention.   Photographed at a sunflower farm in rural Dawsonville, GA.   Photos do not do these beauties justice! Thanks, CarlG, for a great trip to the sunflower patch!

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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!

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 […]

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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.

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 […]

Reclamation and Restoration

During Kathy’s and my week long venturings through western North Carolina, we stumbled into a 75-year old picker’s property.  Only in the south could one be driving through the most rural of areas taking in the autumn beauty one minute, and then a local resident invite us into his home after having only met us with […]

Roaring Fork Falls – Pisgah National Forest, NC

Roaring Fork is easily accessible.  A short, peaceful half mile walk along an old road bed to the falls capped off a relaxing and scenic day for Kathy and me.  Autumn colors were mostly gone, and is often the case in this region, the falls were surrounded by Rhododendrons (evergreen).  So in the end, I felt B&W […]

Self Portrait

Taken near Roaring Fork Falls in the Pisgah National Forest, NC.

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