Western North Carolina Color #3 – Abstracts

Autumn abstracts of Aspen Trees are often very beautiful, and each is unique in it’s own right.  I’ve always wanted to do something similar with the southeastern autumn color-scape.  I hope you enjoy my attempt.

Autumn's Hospitality #1

Autumn’s Hospitality #1

Autumn's Hospitality #2

Autumn’s Hospitality #2

Western North Carolina Color #2 – Structures

This area of the Blue Ridge Mountains is replete with the beauty of decay … old barns, houses, and “Americana” at almost every hidden corner.  Per my previous post, leaf colors were unpredictable and  “hit and miss” (mostly “miss”, here).

Old Store in Luck, NC

Old Store in Luck, NC

St. Jude's Chapel of Hope - Trust, NC

St. Jude’s Chapel of Hope – Trust, NC

Barn near Trust, NC

Barn near Trust, NC

Ready for Winter

Ready for Winter

Tin Roof .... Rusted!

Tin Roof …. Rusted!

Western North Carolina Color #1 – Countryside

Kathy and I recently enjoyed a relaxing week in and around the Asheville/Burnsville area.  Both of us were fighting sinus and respiratory infections, so our exploration was limited to the “drive by” approach rather than hiking like planned.  We still made the most of it and enjoyed each moment and mile.  Special thanks to our buddy Carl for putting us up at his stunning cabin on the mountain, and for feeding and spoiling us!

2017’s autumn has been very odd – colors have been running very late, and there has been little rhyme and reason to the color change in terms of timing and elevation.  It has been a real crap shoot, but fall does not disappoint when you find her.

Highway 80 South's Color Palette

Highway 80 South’s Color Palette

Trout Stream - Burnsville, NC

Trout Stream – Burnsville, NC

The Way Home

The Way Home

Atlanta’s Marriott Marquis

I see new things and fresh perspectives each time I wander into this glorious hotel.  It’s been in many movies, including the Hunger Games.  The first image is noisy because of the very low light and my underexposure at capture, but I think it’s acceptable and gives even more character and texture to the overall look.  Each image was taken at 3200 ISO handheld.  Maybe someday I’ll step out on a limb and try shooting on tripod at the risk of drawing attention and/or being asked to leave. :-)

Skyward from Marriott Marquis Lobby - Atlanta

Skyward from Marriott Marquis Lobby – Atlanta

Elevator to the Sky - Marriott Marquis, Atlanta

Elevator to the Sky – Marriott Marquis, Atlanta

ATL Architecture

A couple from a short walkabout in downtown Atlanta.  Enjoy.

Old Glory at Peachtree Center

Old Glory at Peachtree Center

Looking Up Near America's Mart

Corners – Near America’s Mart, Atlanta

BART Millbrae Station

Train stations are always compelling to me because of the motion and energy, the study of travelers, and of course, the architecture.  Since this visit was around 10pm, there was very little going on.  However, the geometry and leading lines did not disappoint.

Bay Area Rapid Transit – Millbrae Station near the San Francisco Airport (SFO)

Round Pegs in Square (Rectangular) Holes

Round Pegs in Square (Rectangular) Holes

Infinity

To Infinity and Beyond

We Receive Your Rain … (There is a Cloud)

Today’s music worship at 12Stone Church was phenomenal (it never disappoints).  God rains blessings on us day in, day out.  He is always faithful with His promises and His loving presence.  The only thing often missing is our awareness.

One of today’s songs was There is a Cloud (by Elevation Worship).  It’s a current favorite of mine … the lyrics and metaphor are both powerful and fresh!

-Excerpt-

To the skies, heavy with blessing
Lift your eyes, offer your heart
Jesus Christ, opened the Heavens
Now we receive, the Spirit of God

We receive Your rain
We receive Your rain

Every seed, buried in sorrow
You will call, forth in its time
You are Lord, Lord of the harvest
Calling our hope, now to arise

We receive Your rain
We receive Your rain

We Receive Your Rain

We Receive Your Rain

Click -> Elevation Worship’s “There is a Cloud” Song/Video

Click -> 12Stone Church

Posted in: Faith, Music by Mark 1 Comment

My Eclipse

August 21, 2017 – Solar Eclipse across the USA, with Atlanta having a 98% totality coverage.

I was looking down while most were watching the sky.  :-)

Bridge Eclipsed

Bridge Eclipsed

Pining for More

Pining

Crescents

Crescents

Shadowed Maple

Shadowed Maple

Surreal

Surreal

Posted in: Abstract, Cityscapes, Eclipse by Mark 1 Comment

Farm-to-Table – Asheville, NC

Farm To Table

Farm To Table

Farm Burger – Asheville, NC

Trying something different, inspired by http://thomasvanoost.com .  I stumbled across his work several months ago and was mesmerized with the combination of creativity, structure and geometrics, and mystery.  I can’t touch the hem of his Vanoost’s garment, but innovative and imaginative photographic art like his inspires me to try new things and step outside of my comfort zone.

BTW – Farm Burger is awesome and fresh!  Just ask my bud Carl!!

Farm Burger - Asheville, NC

Farm Burger – Asheville, NC

 

Posted in: Abstract, Asheville, Cityscapes, Food by Mark 1 Comment

Twelve – Asheville Alleys #8

“Every doorway, every intersection has a story.” ~Katherine Dunn

Twelve

Twelve

Camouflaged – Asheville Alleys #7

“Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.”  ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Camouflage

Camouflaged

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