Seniors – Campus Church, Norcross, GA

Congratulations to this year’s seniors!  I have had the opportunity for several years now to photograph the seniors of Campus Church in Norcross, GA.  Each photo is displayed at the church’s Senior Sunday celebration, and the seniors keep the 11×14’s as a keepsake.  Corey Trevathan (bottom right) does a wonderful job with the youth program, […]

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The Last Quiet Places

I heard an interview titled “The Last Quiet Places” with Gordon Hempton this past Sunday, May 13th on NPR.  He is an acoustic ecologist and the author of “One Square Inch of Silence: One Man’s Quest to Preserve Quiet.”  The interview was a fascinating listen about the power of quiet and natural sounds.  Hempton says […]

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A Window Back in Time

“Art is the window to man’s soul. Without it, he would never be able to see beyond his immediate world; nor could the world see the man within.”  ~ Lady Bird Johnson A consistent theme of “times gone by” pervades my thinking when visiting the Smokies.  This is partially because the area reminds me so […]

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Men at Work

The Smokies trip did not yield many flower opportunities as mentioned previously.  The mild winter and early spring resulted in flowers blooming 3 weeks ahead of schedule, so our best laid plans did not pan out. However, our hike to the White Oak Sink waterfall landed us in a hollow with a floor full of […]

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White Oak Sink Falls

I posted a fall version of this back in October, but spring has such a different feel with the greenery.  I wish timing had worked out for us to experience the flowers at peak, but the textures of the green ferns and ground cover did not disappoint.  Carl’s presence is important to comprehend the scale […]

Almost Sunset – Clingmans Dome

National Park Service:  At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is the highest point in Tennessee, and the third highest mountain east of the Mississippi. Only Mt. Mitchell (6,684 feet) and Mt. Craig (6,647), both located in Mt. Mitchell State Park in western North Carolina, […]

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Smokies in the Spring

Visiting the Cades Cove and Townsend areas last fall inspired me to revisit in the spring.  It did not take much arm twisting to get Carl, Jerry, and John to join in.  We all were eager to see the mountains in full bloom, however mother nature decided to expose the full splendor of her flowers […]

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