Isolation #6

Sheltering in place has lifted, and small businesses have begun slowly opening.  Yet still, there is an abundance of caution being taken here in Georgia.  I took a recent rural motorcycle ride and stopped in Monroe, a small town rich with historical character.  There was a buzz with about 1/2 of  downtown businesses open, but many still had doors closed. […]

Isolation #5

Another in the weekly challenge series between Carl and me.  I’ve greatly missed the ability to get out and shoot during this beautiful spring due to Covid-19 shelter in place rules, but these challenges have helped fill the creative void.

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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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

Blue Ridge Parkway – Craggy Gardens Overlook

Today I returned from a relaxing weekend with my best friend Carl.  He moved north of Asheville, NC only a few weeks ago, so it was great to see his now home and experience a weekend of true mountain life.  He lives only miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, so we did our fair share […]

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