Bradley Falls

My friend Marcia loves to hike. It is not a good idea to hike alone, so she invites other hikers to join her on a hike about once a week. Every year she has a 4th of July hike followed by a cook-out at her house. Marcia is not a photographer and likes to hike fairly … [Read more…]

UFOs over the Blue Ridge

  We had no appointments Friday morning and it was partly cloudy, so my husband and I decided to go north on the Blue Ridge Parkway in search of adventure and photographic fortune. Our friend Matt had introduced us to a lone tree up that way. Lone trees can increase the interest in the foreground in … [Read more…]

Craggy Garden Sunset

Craggy Gardens is north up the Blue Ridge Parkway from Asheville. It is a popular spot for locals and tourists to watch the sunset. It is about a 25 minute drive from my house. There are panoramic views on both sides (east and west) of the Parkway here, a visitors center with shopping, and restrooms. … [Read more…]

Pixie forest in June

I try to visit the Pixie Forest once a month starting in the Spring when the leaves and grasses emerge until they return to the earth in the Fall. Pixie Forest will not appear on maps of the Blue Ridge Parkway, but is well known by local nature photographers. All you have to do is … [Read more…]

Outer Banks Extreme Infrared

We had very bright weather at the Outer Banks of North Carolina that started an hour after sunrise. This made for a good chance to photograph the patterns cast by the fences used to protect the dunes from erosion. I had to look for an interesting pattern that didn’t have too many of the grasses that are … [Read more…]

Outer Banks Infrared

I have been to this area of the Outer Banks many times. This year the weather was too overcast or too bright for color photography to be very compelling, so I decided to get out my infrared camera. Infrared cameras render the foliage white and bring out texture in foliage, clouds and reflections. I like it because … [Read more…]

Outer Banks Sunrise

We spend a week at the Outer Banks of North Carolina in late May with 14-18 members of my extended family. We go the week before rental rates go up to summer pricing. I like to get up early and walk on the beach when few people are around. There is no pier in this area to add … [Read more…]

Walker Falls Revisited

  It rained for a week after my first visit to Walker Falls. I decided to return to see how it had changed. Since it was much wider and wilder. I was able to get a nice shot of the entire waterfalls. It had been raining overnight and it was overcast, so the colors were richly saturated. … [Read more…]

Walker Falls

My friends, Steve and Jenny visited Asheville this weekend from Charlotte. We often get together when they come to this area to photograph. Steve is especially fond of waterfalls and up to the point that I met him, I had not been actively seeking waterfalls to photograph. He has introduced my husband and me to … [Read more…]

An Ent at Magnolia Gardens

I found an Ent in Magnolia Gardens in Charleston SC. I have been searching out Ents ever since I was introduced to Tolkein by my 9th grade English teacher. Treebeard is my favorite character in Lord of the Rings. Tolkein describes Ents as more troll like, but I think that they vary upon where they … [Read more…]