The Lotus Trio

I was amazed to find this trio of lotus leaves, so nicely arranged. I could not have done it better myself. It’s an almost perfect overlapping of the leaves. To me, it’s the not so perfectness that makes the photo by creating tension and a little asymmetry. The water drops add dimension. Usually the lotus leaves … [Read more…]

The Bashful Sunflower

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has a wildflower program where flowers are planted along the highways. It was started in 1985 by Former First Lady Dottie Martin, wife of former Gov. Jim Martin, who was probably inspired by Lady Bird Johnson in Texas. It is a great opportunity for photographers and there are three areas … [Read more…]

Into the Light

This is the magical pixie forest. It is a short hike to the north of the Greybeard Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. It is an area where the wind blows changing patterns in the grass and there is often fog even when it is sunny other places. I visit it frequently … [Read more…]

A Pair of Calla Lilies

Calla Lilies are a most elegant and linear flower. They have so many interesting shapes and curves. I liked the relationship between these two calla lilies – how one  points to the other and keeps leading the eye around and around. I converted it to black & white because the color was too green and I loved the … [Read more…]

Trees Reaching for Clouds

These trees are right along the Blue Ridge Parkway on the way to Mt. Pisgah. I drive past them many times on the way up and down the Parkway. I watch this set of trees to see if I can make a good photo out of them, watching for them to have an exciting background … [Read more…]

When Nature Gives You Lemons…

We went to Charleston SC to take an astrophotography workshop with Alistair Nicol and Tommy White at The workshop was held when there was no moon and in the spring when there is less haze from the humidity, both of which increase the chances for clear views of the Milky Way. We went to the Charleston area … [Read more…]

Iceland – My Favorite Waterfalls

This waterfalls is a photographer’s dream. It was the last excursion day of our twelve days in Iceland. I am using the plural because it was a series of waterfalls that goes on for 900m or over half a mile and there are many lovely cascades to chose to photograph within that half mile. The waterfalls … [Read more…]

Weather Makes a Difference

One of my favorite and most transformative activities that I did all year was my trip to Iceland with my husband, Chris. We went on a photo tour where everything was taken care of-our food, transportation and accommodations. The only thing that we had to worry about was taking hopefully great photos, in the amazing … [Read more…]