Archive for January, 2013

Jewels in Trees

January 31, 2013

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We had some light freezing rain overnight earlier this month.  The next morning was cloudy, but the tree branches looked as if they were covered with jewelry.  I couldn’t resist getting this picture of tree branches in our back yard.

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Tahitian Sunset Rose

January 29, 2013

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To be perfectly honest, our winter hasn’t been all that severe so far this year.  And yet the predominant color in our yard is brown.  While I have nothing against brown, I do look forward to seeing some color like that in our Tahitian Sunset rose.  For now I’ll have to be content with enjoying this rose on my monitor.

The picture on which this painting was based is shown below.

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Cloudy Day at the Beach

January 24, 2013

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Although Betsy and I had a wonderful time at Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, last month, I must admit that the weather left something to be desired.  It was cloudy and dreary when we arrived, but we still enjoyed the sight and sound of the ocean below our room.  In the late afternoon of that first day I captured the sun trying to break through the clouds.  When I got this photo on my computer, I played around with it to emphasize the sunbeams coming down.  The picture above is different, but I rather like it.

The original photo is shown below.

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Lower Laurel Falls

January 22, 2013

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Laurel Falls is one of the most-visited waterfalls in the Smokies.  Most visitors see the upper falls from the bridge over the stream.  But a short scramble down the embankment below the bridge gives an equally nice view of Lower Laurel Falls.

The picture on which this drawing was based is shown below.

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Winter Sun Through an Icy Tree

January 17, 2013

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This drawing of the sun shining through icy tree branches is based on a photo taken in January, 2003.  We were living in Hendersonville, Tennessee, at that time, and the photo was taken the day after a fairly big winter storm.

The picture on which this drawing was based is shown below.

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Morning in the Mountains

January 15, 2013

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This is a drawing based on a picture I took on an early November in 2011 at Hazel Mountain Overlook on the Skyline Drive in Virginia.  The day started very foggy and cloudy, but as the sun came up it started to break through the fog and clouds.  We came upon this sight a few minutes later.  There were still clouds in the valley below us, but some blue sky could be seen in the sky above.

The picture on which this drawing was based is shown below.

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The Great Wall

January 10, 2013

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I’ve been fortunate enough to work in China on four different occasions, and on each I was able to visit a section of the Great Wall.  It is truly an amazing sight, but it is hard to capture that marvelous structure in a photograph.

I think the image above does a pretty good job of conveying the age and mystery of the Great Wall.  It is based on a photo I took at BaDaLing on my first visit to the wall in 1987.

The picture on which this image was based was scanned from a slide and iis shown below.

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Linville Falls

January 8, 2013

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In early November Betsy and I made a visit to Linville Falls in North Carolina.  We got there in the afternoon and didn’t get to hike as much as we would like, but we did make a late afternoon hike to an overlook where we could get a distant view of Linville Falls.

The picture on which this drawing was based is shown below.

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Christmas at Our House

January 3, 2013

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Santa must have thought we were both very good this year, judging by all the goodies found under our tree on Christmas morning.  We had a wonderful Christmas and New Year, and we hope all of you did as well.

The picture on which this water color was based is shown below.

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