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Friday, December 19, 2014


 Once again I have to admit that I've been neglecting this blog while posting pictures and visiting friends on Face Book.  Its almost a job doing both, at least if I try to do both well. 

I posted some shots on Face Book under the title "Reflections" and I'm just getting around to putting them on this blog.  I'm liking the blog a bit better than the Face Book experience because it offers a more laid back venue for posting things.  I don't know - I just don't feel hurried and the blog seems to be more like the pages of a book where the dialog can be better thought out and more detail can be inserted and discussed.  
Anyway, a recent trip to the Holsten river for a riverside hike found areas of back-water that was calm and the warm, orange light of morning passed through the foliage on shore and transposed its image onto the surface of the water.  The result follows.  I hope you enjoy the shots.
How do they know how to twist together like that?  They can't think or feel.  They weren't taught yet they entwine around each other increasing their strength through unity thereby bettering their odds for survival.

 The yellow morning soft light is focused on two saplings making them stand out along the shoreline.

The shots above and below are real and not photo shopped.  Its a copy of what I actually saw that morning.   All I do is try to grab the best of what is the best.

 The spot below was a particularly peaceful and quiet spot.  I'll return here to write or read.


Thursday, December 18, 2014


I've been neglecting my blog this month because I have been getting the hang of Face Book and that has taken a lot of time cause I'm a slow learner. Many of these shots are posted on Face Book but I doubt the two venues, Blog and Face Book, will conflict with one and other.  I do notice, however, that Face Book reproduces the photos in a more exact form whereas the blog enlarges too much and takes away from the quality.  Oh well.....
I've mostly been shooting pictures of thing that are common sights that most folks just overlook.  The wildlife opportunities associated with Cherokee and Douglas Lakes are slim.  They do occur but not frequently and so I focus (no pun) on rustic, scenic pictures which have proven to be challenging.  One of the biggest rustic, photographic assists in the winter time is soft light. Winter brings on brown and gray colors and  Soft light can take a mundane subject and transform it into a picture on an artist's canvas.  You'll see as we move along.

The shot below is attributable to soft light.  Without the soft light the subject matter would be drab greens and browns but the soft light has made the base colors vibrate.
A water pond is transformed from muddy colored water and a bank covered by brown grass and mud into a magical spot at the edge of the woods.

A simple drab, gray tree standing back in the forest is transformed into a point of interest as the soft light of late afternoon strikes and reflects off its bark.
I think a camera is a tool for those creative souls who lack the talent to sketch, draw or paint and to transfer what goes on behind their eyes to canvas.  The camera, I think, is an digital device that can be manipulated through adjustment to deliver an image to a viewer that has been created in one's mind - a painting without brush strokes if you will.  I also think there are two types of creative talent when it comes to image renditions.  I say rendition because images already exist for the camera and are "sometimes" bent and altered to portray what the photographer (brush-less artist) wishes to present.  The second type creative talent manufactures their image and decides the emotional impact desired in their mind and transfers their mental vision onto canvas with brush and water or oil colors.  That is something I've admired all my life.

And so, lacking the talent to drive an artist's brush or to scratch meaningful lines on canvas - I'll continue on in my meager way with a camera to try and gather images that portray the emotions that lay behind my eyes and present them for the world at large on the internet canvas to be accepted or denied.  

I've also heard that photographers see the world differently.  They really don't.  They see the everyday things the same as everyone else does including the artist who paint with brushes and oils.  The photographers and artists, I think, have their minds adjusted to kaleidoscopic mode most of the time and associate the emotions they feel to images they see and are compelled to capture the moment on canvas or digitally for others to enjoy and in doing so gain personal satisfaction at the accomplishment.
 Above is a "Sun Dog" that occurred at 3:30 PM yesterday.  They occur frequently in these parts.
As for the old truck above, well, one man's junk is another man's treasure.
My first passion with a camera is wildlife but I'm getting to understand and like photographing the rural, scenic countryside of Tennessee.   It is there that one can translate emotion into his photography.  But then, wildlife has its emotional side too.
 Juvenile Bald Eagle

Sunday, December 7, 2014


I am going crazy wanting to photograph wildlife.  The scenic stuff is wonderful but its wildlife that fires me up.  I got the boat back from Pennsylvania and have to do some basic maintenance on it before launching it on the river to chase bald eagles.  Won't be long.  In the meantime I'll continue to photograph odds and ends that catch my eye as I pass by.

A flock of cedar waxwings landed in a bush with red berries and were stripping the tiny berries from the stems.  I took advantage of the moment and photographed two of the closest ones while they gobbled the tasty fruit.
 I posted these same shots on Face Book so they might look familiar to some of you.  These birds are gorgeous and I hope you like the shots.  They are little gluttons too.

I notice there are a lot of birds coming to the feeders at home looking for sun flower seeds so I better get myself down to Tractor Supply and get stocked up.  Can't have my little feathered friends wanting over the cold months.
The red tail hawk above has been photographed previous to this entry.  As a matter of fact hes perched on the same power line today that he was when I photographed him a month ago.  The 70 - 300 mm lens is a bit light for wildlife photos.  Need the big dog 0 150 - 500 mm.  Ya!!!! Soon!!