Icy Trees and Blue Skies

February 9, 2016

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Winter has a cold beauty that can make the frigid temperatures a little more bearable.  This photo, from my archives, was taken in our yard on a clear day following an ice storm here in the Glade.

What a Way to Start the Day

January 20, 2016

 

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It’s not always easy to get up on a winter morning before dawn in order to walk the golf course, but sometimes the sky is so glorious that it makes the whole effort worthwhile.

 

 

The View from a Bali Beach

December 21, 2015

Looking seaward from Kuta Beach

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Several days ago I was looking through some images I had scanned from 30-year-old slides and found an image taken on Bali looking out to sea from the beach.

Unfortunately the image showed the age of the slide more than I liked, so I played around in Photoshop adding a texture and using a soft light blending mode.  This is the result, and I must admit that I rather like it.

By the way, the white line along the center of the image is caused by waves crashing into the reef forming the lagoon.

Bali Sunset

October 13, 2015

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Way back in 1987 I had the joy of spending a few days on the island of Bali.  This was about as close to a tropical paradise as I am ever likely to see.  This photo of a Bali sunset was taken at our hotel at Kuta Beach.  Way back then I was shooting Kodak slide film, and this image was scanned from a slide taken at that time.

The Tetons

September 17, 2015

The mountains of Grand Teton National Park. August 20, 2015.

Betsy and I visited Grand Teton National Park in late August.  We had been there back in 2012, but at that time the smoke from wildfires obscured the mountains, so we felt we needed to go back.  We found a smoky haze on our first day there, but we were still able to enjoy those magnificent mountains, as the picture above shows.

Dierks Lake, Arkansas

April 9, 2015

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Most of you know that Betsy and I go to Mt. Nebo in Arkansas each Spring.  We try to visit a new place each time we go, and a couple of years ago we stopped by Dierks Lake, a lake formed on the Saline River in Arkansas.  I got a picture of this old tree trunk along the shore, and I thought it would make a great painting.

It’s Spring!

March 30, 2015

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After what (for us) was a hard winter, it’s nice to see some signs of Spring in our yard.  These are some of the first flowers to bloom for us this year.

A Beach Sunrise

March 19, 2015

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When Betsy and I were at Ocean Isle Beach in January, we saw many beautiful sunrises.  I played around with one of my photos trying to emphasize the colors while minimizing the details.  I rather like the result of my experimenting and am sharing that with you today.

Smoky Mountain Sunbeams

March 2, 2015

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I got the photo on which this image is based when Betsy and I visited the Smokies just before Valentine’s Day.  Our first stop was along the Foothills Parkway outside of Townsend, Tennessee.  It was a cold, overcast day, but we could see sunbeams breaking through the clouds when we looked toward Mount LeConte.  I ‘tweaked’ the photo to bring out the sunbeams, and this is the result.  I rather like it.

Fall Branch Falls

February 19, 2015

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Betsy and I enjoy celebrating Valentine Day by visiting waterfalls.  February is a great month for hiking here in the South.  The weather is usually fairly mild, and we often have the waterfalls to ourselves.

This pencil sketch is based on a photo I took of Fall Branch Falls near Blue Ridge, Georgia, in February, 2012.


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