Surprised in Mississippi

My daughter and her family live in Oxford MS. We visit about 4 times a year. My grandson, Martin, who is 2 years old is always doing something new. Martin loves to play the ‘tar’, which he thinks of as his guitar, but it is actually a ukelele. He will sometimes sing too. I like tunnels of … [Read more…]

Charleston SC – Folly Beach

No trip to Charleston is complete without a visit to Folly Beach for sunrise. It has a photogenic wooden pier that adds interest to sunrise and if it is a dud sunrise like this one you can go under the pier and take photos of the waves around the pilings. I was about to leave, … [Read more…]

Charleston SC – Botany Bay

Botany Bay is a favorite spot for photographers to take sunrise shots. It is known for these dead trees or boneyard, that are often in the surf. There used to be three trees, but a winter storm this year took one out to sea or added it to the many trees littering the beach. I … [Read more…]

Charleston SC – Audubon Swamp

One of my favorite places at Magnolia Plantation is the Audubon Swamp. The name comes from John Audubon, who visited there to find bird specimens for his drawings. Audubon came to shoot birds, so that he could paint them. Most wildlife artists, pre civil war, would draw or paint stuffed birds. Audubon used fine shot to … [Read more…]

Scouting for Photos

  When we first moved here 11 years ago, we joined the Carolina Mountain Club (CMC). We were new to hiking in mountains and wilderness areas and wanted to know the best places to go and how to do it safely. CMC has been around for over 90 years. Members helped build and now help … [Read more…]

Schoolhouse Falls

Schoolhouse Falls is a lovely little falls with a tight series of small cascades falling 20 feet at the end into a large pool at the bottom. It is located in Nantahala National Forest in an area called Panthertown Valley, about a 45 minute drive from Eastatoe Falls. It was being logged in the 1920s … [Read more…]

Eastatoe Falls in Winter

After several cold spells, the weather last weekend was supposed to be warmish for winter in the mountains. Some friends from Charlotte suggested that we meet-up and photograph waterfalls. Waterfalls seemed like a good idea because we could focus on the water and try to avoid the dead looking vegetation. The weather was overcast making … [Read more…]

Great Generosity

On Saturday, we went with friends to photograph Eastatoe Falls near Rosman NC. This is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the area and it is on private land which would normally make it very difficult to visit. However, The owners of Eastatoe, not only allow visitors, but provide a nice driveway, parking, a maintained … [Read more…]

Preaching to the Choir

There were two areas of sunflowers and all of the sunflowers in both areas were facing in the same direction except this one. For some reason it was facing all the other sunflowers that were intent on following the sun. The morning sun nicely highlighted the back of the sunflower that was telling all the … [Read more…]