I am so fortunate to love in the Great Smoky Mountains! The national park just completed one of the most beautiful parkways that Tennessee has to offer. The views this drive offers is absolutely amazing! Usually driving in the park, traffic gets jammed because there is a bear in sight. On this road, traffic stops for the unbelievable mountain views! The entrance to this section of the parkway is only 20 minutes from my home, so this is such a treat. I cannot wait for a cloudy day!
I am always trying to find new editing styles and I came across this vintage-y one to try on a nature shot. What do ya think??
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Vintage Smoky Mountains
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!
Stars Over Greenbrier
Henley Street Bridge of Knoxville
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!