November 18, 2015

Photo of the Week - Golden Coat of Leaves

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

During a recent photo workshop, the leader pointed out a lovely tree that bends along the Little River. Its location is not far from the Townsend entrance into the park. Small in stature and nestled among a tall canopy of other trees, it would easily be overlooked the vast majority of the year. Cars rush past. People do not stop. However, for a few days in autumn, this graceful specimen is dressed in a golden coat of leaves and reveals its tender beauty.

There are so many lovely creations in our world that are unnoticed. It is most tragic of all that we may disregard the tender souls in our midst. The busy holiday season is now rushing along and your attention will be scattered here and there. Schedules will be filled with decorating, cooking, and shopping tasks. In a non-attainable, Pinterest world and with a materialistic outlook, it is easy to lose sight of the reason for the season.

In the weeks ahead, will you remember the people usually forgotten and ignored? Do you know people who are hurting this year, who are living alone, who are trying to get by on a day-to-day basis? Are they hidden in plain sight within your community, neighborhood, or circle of acquaintances?

Will you take the blinders off and not miss their beauty? Will you take the time to reach out to them and show them grace?

November 11, 2015

Photo of the Week - Tiny Waterfall

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

Thanks to storm remnants from a gulf hurricane, the weather was a bit temperamental during my recent photography workshop at the Smokies. I was a soggy mess most of the time, and my Fuji camera equipment required constant wiping with microfiber towels to relieve the accumulated moisture. Compositions and concentration skills were especially difficult. I was put to the test! Now that I am back in the comfort of my dry home office and reviewing images on the computer, I find it surprising that I got at least a few noteworthy photos during the constant drip, drip, drip.

Overcast skies were a saving grace in the weather conditions. There was soft, indirect light instead of sunny skies with harsh hot spots and deep shadows. I used techniques learned in the spring season to slow the shutter speed and achieve the dreamy look of flowing water. The rest of the magic in this photo was achieved using Photoshop and various plug-in programs to provide vibrant lighting and color to a scene that was actually captured during a rain shower!

November 4, 2015

Photo of the Week - Leaf Dance in the Water

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

Once again, Wednesday has arrived. And once again, I am scrambling to get a photo posted for your visual pleasure. It seems like I am constantly in “catch up” mode this year. It is part of the bargain when one is frequently packing and unpacking, journeying to and fro.

I was visiting the beautiful Smokies last week, getting thoroughly soaked in the rain while attempting to photograph scenes of autumn beauty. The remnants of the big hurricane dumped a goodly measure of precipitation all over this part of the country. Much of it landed on my head and camera equipment! But I persevered and managed to get a few decent shots. The 2015 fall colors were absolutely stunning.

October 28, 2015

Photo of the Week - Towering Spires

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

These mountain peaks along the Teton range were dazzling in early morning light and complimented with a dark, dramatic sky.

October 21, 2015

Photo of the Week - Autumn Embrace

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

I had every intention of writing up a newsy type of post to let you know how and what I am doing at the moment. But the clock hands keep going faster than I do. A weekly photo highlight will have to suffice.

Autumn weather and colors were certainly embracing northwest Wyoming during my visit a couple of weeks ago. Now chilly weather has arrived and colorful foliage is beginning to appear in east Tennessee. Long-sleeve shirts are now being worn. The heating mode is set on the HVAC systems. Daylight hours are shorter. And, you will notice that I changed my blog header and background to reflect the calendar.

As my area slides into the fall season, I am setting time aside for some regional photography. My Fuji camera just received a professional cleaning. So it will be servicing me as I jaunt along in the local mountains, searching for subject matter that catches my eye.

I hope that you are getting out and enjoying the foliage changes too!