September 28, 2016

Photo of the Week - Waterfall Along the Little River

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

Now, doesn’t this scene make you want to dip your toes in a mountain stream for a while and enjoy an autumn day in the Smokies? The beautiful fall season is right around the corner, and it can’t come soon enough for me!

September 21, 2016

Photo of the Week - Tranquility Along the Stream

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

Tranquility in nature is an abundant gift. Immersed within the stillness and beauty, complexities of the world are stripped away. Life is simplified. Priorities are rearranged. Worries are diminished. Whispers from God are heard. Hearts are healed. Blessings are counted.

September 14, 2016

Photo of the Week - Swirling Reflections of Fall Colors

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

The hot summer season of Tennessee is still holding on with a vengeance, so I continue to dream of cooler weather. This week, I dipped into my photo library of the Smokies for a little bit of refreshment.

During a workshop last October, I tried many different techniques and compositions. It was an exercise to stretch and take some chances. Looking through the files, I see that I have a bucketful of misses. No worries. The world of digital photography allows you the freedom to experiment and not break the piggy bank. And among the multitude of shots that missed the mark, there are a few gems that stand out. Trial and error. Practice, practice, practice. That’s how anybody grows in a chosen craft.

In this case, I wanted to capture a circular swirl of leaves that were caught in the current of a mountain stream. And I wanted the vibrant autumn colors to be reflected in a painterly style within the stream. A low shutter speed setting was used, of course. A polarizer filter on the lens took out the light glare on leaves and water. And, I crossed my fingers for no breeze to blur the vegetation.

Among the many clunkers, I’m content with this one!

September 7, 2016

Photo of the Week - Gardner Lake Overlook

Beartooth Highway, Wyoming

The Wyoming tour that I took last fall included a little bit of exploration along the famous Beartooth Highway. Charles Kuralt designated it as “the most beautiful drive in America.” This All-American Road was first opened 80 years ago and stretches 68 miles between Cooke City and Red Lodge, Montana. It is only open from May to October, and I traveled along it the day before it closed down last year. 

Reaching a top elevation of 10,947 feet, the Beartooth Highway is a wild and adventuresome ride through Wyoming and Montana wilderness, filled with hairpin turns. And along the way, you get treated to grand vistas like this one at Gardner Lake.

August 31, 2016

Photo of the Week - Riverbank View of Teton Range

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Question: What do you do when your raft pushes off from the shore, starting a trip down the Snake River, and it starts to rain?

Answer: Bundle up and shoot like crazy because you have an awesome view!

(P.S. Don't forget to click the image to see it bigger!)