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Category: Landscapes


Yanahli Flare

Maury County just open the gates to its newest public park. The 474 acre park will be the largest in the county. Currently, there is only a loop trail and bathroom facilities, but there are big plans for the future which will yield more trails and amenities. One of my favorite things to do is taking nature hikes. I can see myself hiking the trails of Yanahli Park just before sunrise with a 300mm lens attached to my camera. A few of my prizes during such hikes include captures of deer, mountain lions, water fowl, snakes, squirrels, insects and birds

Rippavilla Sunrise

In my last post about Rippavilla Plantation, I mentioned I would be back soon for another shot. The image I was after was a sunrise photo. Using my SkySafari App, I was able to locate the sun before it showed itself above the horizon. I found my composition and waited for the sun to appear. I only had to make a slight adjustment to my camera position to get my first shot.  I grabbed a few more shots before I lost the soft morning light. The light changes so fast, so you have to work quickly. The light shining through

Balloons in the Boro

I experienced my first hot air balloon festival last October at the first Spring Hill Spooktacular Hot Air Balloon Festival. After that experience, I was hooked! I had a great time and came away with some nice pictures. When my wife sent me the notice about the Boro Balloon Fest, I knew I had to save the date! The Boro Balloon Fest was taking place over an entire weekend, so there was a good chance I could find some time to attend at least one day. Not only did I find a window to attend, my family decided to go

Northfield Sunset

There are certain landmarks and vistas that are instantly recognizable. Those living in and around Maury County, Tennessee will recognize these photos as they probably have driven passed this area countless times. So what’s special about this area? Well, I would say there’s not anything special about it. It’s just a fence, some corn and a rolling hill landscape. It sounds quite mundane, huh? However, when the lighting is right, this landscape of rolling green cornstalks on the backdrop of a sunset sky corralled by never ending white fence transforms a rural landscape into a dreamscape.  Capturing sunsets is probably


I’ve mentioned on many occasions how photography is a form of therapy for me. Picking up the camera and peering through the viewfinder is a great way to unwind. The key to this therapy is slowing down and observing. We pass by uninteresting things every day, but there is an element of beauty in the mundane. It wasn’t until I picked up the camera, that I learned to “see.” After a rough day at the office, I needed some unwinding. I typically shoot outdoors much later into the evening for better lighting, but sometimes  you just have to shoot when

Spring Hill Morning Light

Most photographers will tell you that the light in the morning and evening hours are the best times to shoot outdoors. The light is more pleasing and less harsh during these times. However, if you throw in an overcast sky, all bets are off. I tend to shoot during the morning and evening hours the most. The one exception is street photography. The street doesn’t wait for the optimum light. You just have to jump out there and use the light the best you can.  Today I decided to capture some morning light. I was looking for anything that caught


The widest angle of view I’ve ever shot until recently has been the 28mm lens on my 135 gear and the 14mm lens on my four thirds cameras. When I upgraded to the EM1 Mark II, I also purchased the 17mm, 25mm, 45mm and the 75mm lenses. I chose this route so I would be more prepared for portraits. However, this left me lacking at the wide end and the long end. Outside of portraits, most of my shooting revolves around the wide end of the specturm. I love landscapes and cityscapes, so obtaining a wide angle lens is a

A Walk with Nature

There are two things I enjoy that are spiritually awakening and relaxing at the same time. Those two things are amateur astronomy and taking nature hikes. Being alone under a dark sky viewing the heavens above with one of my telescopes is a spiritual and humbling experience. I’ve always felt revived after a night behind the eyepiece. I also feel this way after a nature hike. There is something about an early morning hike with nothing but the sounds of nature around you. Birds tweeting, squirrels rustling through leaves, geese squawking on the water, and the distant thud of a

The Solitude of Nature

    “There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is society, where none intrudes, By the deep sea, and music in its roar: I love not man the less, but Nature more”  ― George Gordon Byron That quote sums up my feelings when it comes to the virtues of solitude. I don’t consider myself an antisocial person, but from the outside, it might appear so. People are great, I just don’t like being around them. Just kidding! I love people! In fact, my love for people is the main drive behind


    Many years ago, a friend laughed at me when I told him that one of the requirements for my first house was that it had to be under a dark sky. He thought I was crazy. You see, I was in the early stages of my fascination with amateur astronomy. I’ve always had a fascination with space since I was a kid. I knew as a young adult that amateur astronomy was going to be a part of my life for the rest of my life. Thus, living in an area where I can feed this yearning meant

Walk This Way

  I finally ended my analog hiatus when I took a short hike on a familiar trail. I grabbed my SLR loaded with an unfinished roll of Kodak Portra 160 and took a hike at Cheek’s Bend. This roll of film has been in my OM1 since January of 2017. Lately, my DSLR has been getting a workout. Between shooting my son’s school baseball team and doing some projects for work, I just have not had time to shoot for myself. Well, the itch got to the point where I had to scratch it. With 14 frames left on the

Autumn Colors at Derryberry Log Cabin

    I haven’t captured any Autumn colors this year until this post. One Saturday after running some errands, I decided to drive through Chickasaw Trace Park. The Chickasaw Trace Park is another one of Maury County’s hidden gems. It is probably most famous for its bike trails. I hear bikers from all over come here to test their skills on these trails. Along with the bike trails, there are hiking trails, open fields, a RC car track, a RC airplane field, and there is access to the Duck River. At the entrance of the park, you will find the

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