October 22, 2014

Photo of the Week - Vines Below the Cabin

Museum of Appalachia, Clinton Tennessee

This humble composition reminds me that there is much beauty that can be found in small details. Simple. Often overlooked. But present in the here and now, nonetheless.

I deeply appreciate all of you who have provided comfort and prayers during this season of our lives. Those dear friends who take the time to converse with me and/or leave sweet comments demonstrate true grace in action. God bless you!

Here is an update about Mr. Jim. His oncologist has been out of the office, so he saw another physician in the group yesterday. The cancer antigen blood test result has increased since the last visit. However, there are no further metastasized areas per the latest CAT scan. (Ah, a silver lining.) Mr. Jim had a paracentesis procedure this afternoon and is feeling better. A radiology team removed 4.2 liters of fluid (a little over 10 pounds) from his abdomen. More fluid will be drained in a couple of weeks. He will meet with his oncologist next Tuesday and discuss whether chemotherapy will resume, and if so, what regimen.

Please continue to keep him in your prayers. Thank you!

October 20, 2014

Free Photography e-Book (& More)

I follow the delightful blog of professional photographer Bill Fortney. He recently decided to capture his knowledge from a long photography career and develop a series of e-books. Bill’s online store is now open! Through the end of November, he is offering a free download of “The 7 Steps to Taking It to the Next Level.” The details about his new venture and free e-book can be found HERE.

Now I’m going to completely change topics. I would greatly appreciate it if you kept my sweet Mr. Jim in your prayers. His malignant ascites condition has been getting progressively worse for the past couple of weeks. So he moved up the CAT scan schedule and follow-up visit with his oncologist. The scan was last Thursday, and his doctor’s visit is tomorrow morning. I plan to provide you an update later on this week.

October 15, 2014

Photo of the Week - Lineup of Gristmill Stones

Museum of Appalachia, Clinton, Tennessee

As a (transplanted) Southerner who appreciates regional foods, every time I see one of these old stones, I think of the scrumptious taste of cornbread. Authentic stone ground cornmeal is essential if you want your cornbread to taste the way it is meant to be – with a little bit of crunch.  And, nobody makes cornbread better than Mr. Jim, using an old family recipe and his grandmother's cast iron skillet!

October 13, 2014

Funny Photography Assistant

I sure could have used this dog to help me with the photo challenge's "still life" theme!

October 10, 2014

A Personal Photo Challenge - Still Life

It’s time for A Personal Photo Challenge! “Still Life” is the theme this month.

A Personal Photo Challenge

I had originally intended to set up still life compositions inside the house and practice some lighting techniques. Instead, I seized the opportunity to capture some still life scenes during our recent visit to the Museum of Appalachia, located in a nearby town.

October 8, 2014

Photo of the Week - Old Mill and Cantilever Barn

Museum of Appalachia, Clinton, Tennessee

This image provides a close-up of the structures shown in last week’s featured photo: an old mill and cantilever barn. These two buildings must be viewed from a distance because they are not accessible to museum visitors.

The cantilever barn was originally located near Seymour in Sevier County, Tennessee. This type of barn is primarily found in two east Tennessee counties, Sevier and Blount. You can read more about the unique barn design HERE.

The Hacker Martin Gristmill used waterpower to grind corn and wheat. It was originally located in the community of Boone’s Creek, a few miles from Johnson City in northeast Tennessee.