Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Preparing for the Eclipse

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Fairfield Glade is in the zone of totality for the solar eclipse on August 21, so we’re all hoping for clear weather on that day.  I’ve been practicing getting photos of the sun in preparation for the big day.  I don’t have a lens long enough to get any details on the surface of the sun, but I’m hoping I’ll be able to get some sharp pictures as the moon passes between earth and the sun.  The picture above is my latest attempt to get a clear picture of the sun.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A Rose About Betsy

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I like it when the roses — and other flowers in our yard — have some connection with Betsy.  This pretty rose is called Something Special, when does a great job of describing my Beautiful Bride.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Paradise?






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What is Paradise like?  I don’t know, but a beautiful beach under a gorgeous blue sky comes pretty darn close in my opinion.  This picture was taken at Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, on May 10, 2017.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Fontana Lake

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My Beautiful Bride and truly enjoy driving the back roads, especially when we’re in the mountains of eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina.  These roads don’t work well when we’re in a hurry or have to be some place at a given time,  The problem is that there is always a wonderful view around the next curve that simply insists we stop and get a picture.

I got this picture of Fontana Lake in North Carolina several years ago while we were driving through the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina.  Fortunately we had time to stop and enjoy the view.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Dogwood Blossom

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The pink dogwood in our yard always presents photographic opportunities when it is in bloom.  I got this picture of a blossom on April 13, 2017.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Mt. Nebo Moon

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Betsy and I enjoy getting up before the crack of dawn when we visit Mt. Nebo State Park in Arkansas.  That gives us time to get to Sunrise Point in order to see a beautiful sunrise.  One morning this year I got this picture of the moon while we were waiting for the sun to put in an appearance.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Over the Moonbow

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Betsy and I went to Cumberland Falls State Park in Kentucky to celebrate my birthday and, if possible, to see the moonbow which occurs on clear nights with a full moon.  The night we were there was slightly hazy, and a ranger told Betsy that we wouldn’t be able to see anything.

Although we could see the falls in the moonlight, we did not see any sign of a moonbow at all.  But I decided, since we were there, I would do some experimenting with night photography and time exposures.  I took some 15 second exposures at where we thought the moonbow should be, but in camera, everything was black.

I was surprised, when I looked at the photos on my computer to see, although the photo was very dark, a faint moonbow.  I worked on the image in Photoshop and was able to bring out the moonbow a little more.  This image is noisy, but it is proof that there was indeed a moonbow although we couldn’t see it with our naked eyes.