Stream Photography

Here are a couple shots from a recent trip to the Smoky National Park that weren’t wildflowers if you can believe that, really I do shoot things other than wildflowers, you got to shoot a variety of things to keep your photography from getting too stale lol !!

I shot both of these steam images in the Tremont area of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park which is one of my favorite areas to work. I started with a large are a of the stream showing the environment around it and the flow of the water. Then in my next image I captured just a small area of the stream and converted it to black and white to show it in it’s abstract form.

Even though I spent most of that day working around 100 feet of that stream I was able to capture many differing variations of the flow of the water and mood of the scene as well. Hope you enjoy the images and thanks for stopping by and taking a look !!




                                                                                                                                                                                         gsmnp stream 3 2013



                                                                                                                                                                                gsmnp stream 4 2013



Spruce Flats Falls

Shot in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, when it was warm and not covered in snow !!

A Million Miles Away

Sitting here listening to Duran Duran feeling like I am a million miles away from everything, missing being in the mountains with the warm moist sensations of the lush forests of wildflowers that blanket the mountainside.  Sitting here enduring another dark cold Indiana winter evening wishing the landscape would turn green and bring back the vivid color display that breathes life back into these old bones…Turning 50 sucks lol !!

                                                                                                                                                                                      Trillium 6 gsmnp 2012


More Great Smoky Mountain Wildflowers

I thought I might share another shot from trip into the Great Smoky Mountain National Park this past spring.  This trip was all about wildflowers and did I ever luck into a great bloom this year, but for all my work in the Park I only came away with a few of what I would call environmental shots of wildflowers. Most of my images were of isolated groups of flowers and not of what was also surrounding the flowers.

But I was able to come away with a special shot, and that was one that pretty much summed up my whole trip. This image from the Chimneys Picnic Area was  a  great example of what a super boom looks like, what you are seeing is a whole mountainside of White Fringed Phacelia all along the Cove Hardwood Nature Trail that begins in the Picnic Area.

The picture doesn’t give the actual scene any justice, up thru the massive hillside this beautiful little bloom blanketed the mountain like a freshly fallen snow, and if the view wasn’t enough the fragrance of this little gem engulfed you the second you stepped out of your vehicle !!

And all in between these little blooms tens of thousands of Trillium,phlox and violets and every other wildflower you can imagine interspersed the entire scene, anyone who loves to hike or just be outdoors this special spot is a must at least once in your lifetime.

If you get a chance to travel to the Smoky Mountains this place is a must and there many other trails with scenery as beautiful as this, hope you enjoyed the photograph and for best results please click on the image !!




“Madison Indiana Wildflowers”

Wow, what a whirlwind the last three weeks has been …since I last posted I have had 7 Senior Portrait sessions, shot a wonderful artists work from here in Madison Indiana and then spent 6 days in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park photographing wildflowers !!

I have actually got a minute or two to sit down and share a few more shots of the great wildflower bloom from  Clifty Falls State Park, the only disappointing thing in this years bloom is how fast it happened and then ended, other then that this has been  one of the best I have witnessed especially down in the Smokys which I will post about later.

Here are a few more examples of the beautiful flowers that I photographed in Clifty Falls State Park..Garlic Mustard, White Trillium and Squirrel Corn. All three are very neat and unique flower that grows in our area and all are beautiful in their own little way as well !!

I hope you enjoy viewing these wonderful little wildflowers as much as I did photographing them and if you get a chance check back in later to see the flowers from the East Tennessee Mountains, hope you have a great day and thanks for stopping by !!



                                                                                                                                                                              Garlic Mustard



                                                                                                                                                                            White Trillium



                                                                                                                                                                              Squirrel Corn

“The Great Smoky Mountain National Park”

So when you can’t think of anything else to write about just pen a little post about the The Great Smoky Mountains to get things going.

For the first time in about ten years I didn’t get to travel to the Park because of shooting so many Portraits and Senior Pics, I guess that is a good thing but we sure missed traveling to this magical place.  The Fall colors here weren’t as nearly as colorful as in the past and from what I have heard the weren’t all that nice down there as well, but that’s little solace in knowing I wouldn’t get to hike and explore all the great places that make up the park.

I guess I will have to rekindle some old memories from past falls to get me thru my park withdrawal for now !!

This image was shot in the Elkmont section of the Park, the stream was lined with Maple trees and as the sun began to drop behind the mountains it bathed the entire valley in a warm golden light that transformed an already beautiful scene into a natural light show you don’t get to witness very often in a life time.

The Golden yellow light not only lit the trees but it also reflected off the water giving off a pleasant warm light the warmed not only my body but my soul as well, that’s the great thing about photography when you need to jar a memory all it takes is going thru some old files and you get live it all over again !!

Well its back to editing images and doing the not so glamorous jobs that nobody tells you about when you become a photographer 😉

Hope you have a great day and don’t forget to click on the image for best viewing !!



“Whitetail Buck”

Taking a break from my wildflower images I thought I might now share some work from a recent trip to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Most of my time was spent with visiting family and friends but I did manage to get  away for a few shots in Cades Cove one morning and was able to come away with some pretty nice pics of a bachelor group of Whitetail bucks with their antlers still covered in velvet.

Cades Cove is an amazing place in the Park because of it’s size and geographic isolation, the animals have an absolute run of the place with no basic threat from human activities except for being fed by the random tourists who doesn’t understand how much damage they can do to the animal, but that is for another time.

While driving thru the Cove one morning I came across a group of about of about 5-6 very large Whitetails that were very amazing to watch feed and just mill about without much interest in the human activity that was going on around them, they showed no fear and actually came so close  that my zoom lens almost became a hindrance instead of helping, but it still came in handy anyway !!

I was also lucky enough to have photographed quite a few bears on this trip as well, it’s funny that when you usually see bears you have to pursue them for a shot (which is a big no-no) but on this trip they seemed to be pursuing me instead !!

All in all it was great trip and I was able to get quite a few shots of the local wildlife hopefully I can share them with you very soon, thanks for stopping by and taking a look !!

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