Forks of the River Sunflowers
I was thrilled to finally have visited a sunflower field, let alone when a storm was rolling in. As soon as I pulled up, I became ecstatic with the dark, ominous clouds rolling in. What awesome contrast! The sunflowers are now passed their prime, but they are definitely something to CHECK OUT in the future!
Sometimes I will have a vision of a photo and sometimes it will take me years to grab it and sometimes it is something that I have to do right then and there. Night photography is becoming more and more of an interest for me, so now I am trying to expand a bit.
Last night the image of Greenbrier in the Great Smoky Mountains popped into my mind. This would probably be one of the most photographed areas in this section of the park. I set up my tripod at around 9 o’clock. Thank goodness being a hiker has provided me with awesome shoes because I had to stand in the water with the tripod to get that angle I was looking for. Let me tell you, 30 degrees in the Smoky Mountains is a lot warmer than 30 degrees a mile high in Boulder, CO. When I saw the back of my camera, I got so exceptionally excited!
The photo below of Knoxville, Tennessee’s Henley Street Bridge has been in my vision for at least 2 years. Can you believe that?? I walked by the spot and looked out and saw the view of Henley Street and thought that I would love to photograph from here. So about a week ago, I went for it!
I was born and raised in the Gatlinburg area and reside in Sevierville. It has taken me a while to even want to venture into the burnt and scarred areas of Gatlinburg since the fires, but today I decided to do so. As I drove through Chalet Village, the hardest hit area, I was overcome with the feeling of not belonging. The bareness of the area, seeing absolutely nothing but a driveway, gave me chills. But then I started noticing these stars nailed on trees by empty lots once full of life. They were handmade stars of hope. Each on had a motivational quote or word: love, keep smiling, life is a gift, you can do it. And then I got chills all over again, every star I saw…
I have seen countless photos of the destroyed area. But nothing prepares you for seeing it in person.
I love to travel and I was finally able to get off of the east coast and head out west to the beautiful Boulder, Colorado. This photo was taken on the road to the Boulder Atmospheric Observatory. A short drive from town and passed a neighborhood, this area seems like it is in the middle of nowhere! I parked along the side of the road, hoping that no other cars would come by. I propped up my little tripod on the roof of my car and while getting my settings down, I could hear coyotes yelping in the not-too-far distance. Being alone in the dark on this alienesque road, my nerves got to me and all of the knowledge for a sharper image eluded me. I just felt like I needed to get out of there before being abducted by aliens or chased by coyotes!
The anxiety was worth it!