A picture may be worth 1,000 words, so photography tells many stories.

Snow Days Title

Snow Days: A Timelapse From Our Recent Snow

February 6, 2017 |

Our winter has been unseasonably warm and dry, but we finally had a couple of snow days last week – a perfect timelapse photography target. Normally, we have had several snows by this time of year. Just a year ago, I was taking photographs that looked much more like this, but this year has been…

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Misty Morning Sunrise - January 12 2017

Misty Morning Sunrises In The Winter

January 18, 2017 |

One of those photography moments when the clouds broke just at the right moment to produce a brilliant misty morning sunrise. Without snow, the January mornings are dreary. Cloudy skies day after day. Many mornings, the clouds wrap our mountains in a dense fog. This particular dawn started like so many, a thick fog that…

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Frozen Bell - January 8 2017

Frozen Dawn Of A Cold Winter Day

January 9, 2017 |

Our first snow of the season. The temperature hovered at 0ºF / -18ºC. So, of course, I was outside with a camera in hand capturing the frozen dawn. The dinner bell above is a reminder of my grandfather’s house, a place I spent most summers growing up. The bell was used to call us up…

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New Year Dawn - December 31 2016

New Year Dawn – Opportunities Before Us

January 1, 2017 |

Funny thing about plans – they are often affected by what you can not control. Take the simple concept of sharing the New Year Dawn as symbolic of the opportunities of 2017. My plan of capturing the first sunrise of the year and sharing it as my first public photograph of 2017 was thwarted by…

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Coyote 1 - December 18 2016

Coyote Neighbors Visiting

December 20, 2016 |

Our coyote neighbors usually stay in the lower field, but one visited in the front yard mostly shrouded in the fog of sunset. We have long shared our property with a pack of coyotes. They compete with the dogs for rabbits and love to join in the dogs’ songs, but otherwise cause no issues for…

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An empty trail beckons winter hiking.

Winter Hiking and Photography

December 13, 2016 |

Without snow clogging our trails (yet), winter hiking is splendid with empty trails. And crystal clear vistas are perfect for photography. The horses and cows have left the neighboring Cataloochee Ranch for the winter, so we can hike and enjoy the views without worrying about running into others. The ranch has numerous trails to explore…

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Before and After The Storm

Before And After The Storm: A Timelapse

December 7, 2016 |

To celebrate the rain quenching our extreme drought conditions, I created Before and After The Storm: A Timelapse photography. Western North Carolina and the surrounding region has been suffering from extreme drought conditions for quite a while. Most notably, the horrific Gatlinburg fire raced through that scenic town destroying scores of homes and businesses and…

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Horses Preparing For Winter - November 21 2016

Horses Preparing For Winter

November 29, 2016 |

Though we have not had too many cold days yet, we know that winter is right around the corner. The horses of Cataloochee Ranch will soon be leaving the mountain for their winter home. Before they leave, however, we get to watch the horses preparing for winter. Their coats are getting thicker, ready to protect…

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Sunrise #2 - November 22 2016

Cold Morning Sunrise Glowing With Color

November 22, 2016 |

What a glorious cold morning sunrise today! Temperatures have dropped over the last several days, enough that Cataloochee Ski next door has been making snow since Saturday (and they opened on Monday). The colder air is also very dry, chasing away our traditional haze that gives this area the name of the Great Smoky Mountains.…

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around the house

Around The House – Timelapse

November 15, 2016 |

Just in case taking dozens of photographs is not enough, you can always pursue time-lapse photography and take thousands and thousands of photographs. With the autumn so pretty in the Great Smoky Mountains, I thought taking some time-lapse around the house would be perfect. Over a period of several days, I stationed the camera at…

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Wings at Huntington Beach - November 11 2016

Huntington Beach State Park Bird Photography

November 9, 2016 |

Two or three times each year, we visit Huntington Beach State Park just south of Myrtle Beach, SC. Unlike the crowds and development of Myrtle, Huntington has three miles of pristine beaches for quiet walks. Coupled with the beach is 2500 acres of wetlands with a rich variety of wildlife. A few years ago, we…

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Proud Bull Elk - October 12 2016

Bull Elk in Cataloochee Valley

November 1, 2016 |

Photographs from a sunrise trip into Cataloochee Valley. This Bull Elk was proudly protecting his herd of cows and calves. Yes, he did appear to be strutting quite proudly in front of us, though that is really more behavior making it clear to us to leave his herd alone. Notice the one broken horn on…

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