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.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Mossy Tree and the Little Pigeon River

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Sometimes a scene just begs for a picture to be taken.  In mid-January Betsy and I were hiking along the Little Pigeon River in the Greenbrier section of the Smokies.  The day was pleasant, but partly cloudy.  As we got near the bridge over the river leading to Ramsey Cascade Road, the sun came out.  This moss-covered tree on the bank had branches leaning out over the stream, and the light seemed perfect for a photo.  This is the result.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

McLeod Plantation, Charleston, SC



Betsy and I visited the McLeod Plantation on James Island, Charleston, South Carolina, over Thanksgiving weekend.  The house and grounds were fascinating, and we enjoyed the beauty and history of the place.