October 7, 2015

Photo of the Week - Fall Arrival at the Tetons

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Is it Wednesday already? I am presently very busy with chores, errands, and church activities. There simply are not enough hours in a day. Yep, I'm paying the price for going off on yet another photo tour. It was worth it!

I visited the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks last week, viewing spectacular fall colors, exquisite scenery, and exciting wildlife. This was one of the tours that Mr. Jim and I had planned to take together, but we had to cancel due to his declining health.  

It was bittersweet to do the trip on my own. However, I had a good time and made a couple of new, dear friends on the tour. I'm glad that I went. I was able to visit the Tetons this past May, but I had not seen Yellowstone since I was in college, well over 40 years ago. The facilities have changed significantly since that time!

I am still in the process of downloading image files on to my desktop computer. So stay tuned for more photos posted here in the weeks ahead.

September 30, 2015

Photo of the Week - Reaching for the Heavens

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

If I had put away my camera when it started to sprinkle rain, I would have missed a tender ribbon of storm clouds weaving between the mountain peaks. With a compressed view through a long zoom lens, the rocky inclines look like they are reaching for the heavens. To emphasize contrast, I think that a black and white treatment in editing is the best approach with subject matter that is naturally monochromatic.

(Note: I am currently indisposed at the moment. So there will be a delay in approving your comments.)

September 23, 2015

Photo of the Week - Road to the Mountains

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Leading lines always give a little zippy interest to a composition, and this road draws a viewer right into the scene. Even on a overcast and rainy day, aren’t those mountains incredible? (Click on the image to see bigger, please.)

I am doing fine but very busy as the moment. Many activities at the church have kept me hopping, along with all of the usual household chores that need attention. My left eye has healed up well from the surgery (to correct double vision), and I don’t have to go back to the doctor until the first week in November.

Please continue to keep me in your prayers as I rebuild my life and establish an improved support network. Dependable and caring local friends are my biggest need. Thankfully, a few people have stepped into my life the past couple of months. But many people have decided not to include me anymore in their everyday lives. I would love to have a friend like me, so I consider it their loss. Angel, my little dog, brings me comfort and joy on a daily basis. And I look for moments of God's grace to sustain me.

September 16, 2015

Photo of the Week - Photographing a Mountain Scene

Schwabachers Landing, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

I tend to be a bit of a purist when it comes to landscape photography. However, I sometimes break out of my self-inflicted mold and include a person in the composition to give perspective. In this case, it was another photographer on the tour. When a person is included, it helps viewers to place themselves within the scene, transported to that very spot!

September 9, 2015

Photo of the Week - Red Hot Rod

Nashville, Tennessee

The weekly photo post almost got away from me! Sorry, but I constantly lose track of the days anymore. This photo is a bit of a departure from my usual fare of landscapes and wildlife. Variety is the spice of life, right?

Thanks to a connection by Ricky Skaggs, the Nashville workshop participants were able to visit a huge vintage car collection on the former estate of Allan Jackson. The overhead lighting and high temperature conditions were not optimum, by any stretch of the imagination, so I ended up not taking many photos at this location. But the front of this red hot rod, complete with a requisite bug imbedded in the grillwork, gives you a tiny taste of the hundreds of beautiful automotive creations that were a feast for the eyes.

(As always, click on the image to see it bigger!)