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Tag: Columbia

Mule Drop 2021

Wow! What a year! I’m glad I’m here to see 2021. I remember a year ago thinking that 2020 was going to be an awesome year. Well, for many people including myself, that did not go as planned. So many lost so much. Many are not here to see the New Year. Despite the pandemic and all the fallout, my family and I have been blessed. Most of us have reinvented ourselves to do things differently. These are positive changes that we will carry into 2021. I believe we will be stronger and wiser as a result. It’s become a

A Beacon of Hope

We all are aware of domestic violence. Even if it has not affected us directly, we see the fallout in the news and social media all too often. I will be the first to tell you that I haven’t really thought about it that much. I’m not a violent person and at least to my knowledge, my circle of friends and family have not been subjected to domestic violence neither. But, that’s the thing! Domestic violence is not a conversation topic, especially for those in its midst. Statistics show that the chances of you interacting with a victim of domestic

Turning Frowns Upside Down

I’m sure everyone has heard the phrase that is the title of this post. This is Kissel Entertainment’s tag line. They have been turning frowns upside down on the Midway for generations. It’s hard to step onto the Midway and not crack a smile. Possibly the only time you might see a frown is when you can’t see the end of the line to your favorite ride, but even then, the wait and anticipation is worth it. Given current events, I can’t think of a better way to escape than attending a county fair. It’s almost as if you are

Shutter Therapy in Motor Alley

Every now and then I get the urge to go out and shoot something. During these times, I don’t have anything particular in mind. I just need to feed the craving of creating something through the viewfinder. Depending on the time of day or night, I will seek out interesting light or subjects. Some of my subjects are things I’ve shot in the past, like the images in this post. The Motor Alley building got a make over recently, so it became my target for my late night shutter therapy. This session would have been quicker, but it was extremely

Mule Drop 2020

The Dimple of the Universe started 2020 with a BANG! I shot the very first Mule Drop last year and it was a blast. Given its success, I could only imagine that this year’s event would be even better. To be honest, my goal for the 2020 Mule drop was to get one shot, a shot I missed last year. That missed photo was a shot of the fireworks display over the courthouse. As you will see, I captured many more images, but the fireworks display was going to be my main objective. Since my main goal was to capture

Columbia Christmas Parade 2019

It’s Christmas time once again. I was fortunate to have some time to capture Columbia’s 33rd Annual Christmas Parade. The historic West 7th Street and the 40 foot Christmas Tree in front of the courthouse provides the perfect backdrop for a Christmas parade. Even though it was a cold night, the streets were lined with people of all ages along West 7th street and around the square. The Christmas spirit was alive and well. I tend to forget about the cold once I get into the zone. The adrenaline starts flowing and the only thing I think about is getting

Night of Lights!

Another year is about to come to a close as I find myself at the 2nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Event on the square in Columbia, Tennessee. It seems like yesterday that I was preparing to shoot the first 40 foot tree lighting festivities. Where has the time gone? Now that the city of Columbia has lit the tree, the Christmas season has officially started! Those who follow me know I like telling stories with my images. I believe the best way to do that is to create a body of work. In a body of work, there are 4

A Nice Place to be Buried

Historical accounts tell the story of General Patrick Cleburne riding by St. John’s Episcopal Church days before the Battle of Franklin in 1864 and saying to one of his aides, “This is such a beautiful church that it would almost be worth dying so one could be buried here.” I would have to agree, but I’m going to try to stay above ground as long as possible. This is such a peaceful place. I’ve visited this church many times over the years. I love coming here with my wife, the amateur historian. She is a walking and talking encyclopedia of

Columbia First Fridays – October 4th, 2019

Coincidentally, the last time I shot a First Fridays event was exactly 2 years ago in October. I shot the 2017 event on Kodak Portra 800 color film during the day and shot my DSLR at night. You can read about that day and see those pictures here. With some free time and perfect weather, I decided to take a stroll downtown to check out the festivities of the 2019 October First Fridays event in Columbia. This event has grown by leaps and bounds. More food, more music, more people and that good ole southern hospitality makes this event a

Maury County Fair 2019

No matter where you find yourself in this country, you can probably find a state or county fair within driving distance during the summer. Amusement parks and fairs always trigger a since of nostalgia for me. When the fair came to my childhood hometown, I could see the lights from my front porch. I could not wait to ride the Ferris Wheel and take a bite out of a candy apple. Playing games and winning prizes was just as fun. I’ve always known fairs were centered around agricultural commerce in general, but I was surprised to find that religion was

Motocross in Maury County

What a gorgeous week for a County Fair and a nice way to spend the Labor Day Weekend! I was fortunate to have time to attend the 2019 Maury County Fair and Expo on Friday and Saturday. I created a boat load of images over the course of the 2 days. Being able to capture so many photos is a blessing and a curse. The convenience is a blessing compared to the film days. On the other hand, if you’re like me, you like to do some post processing to get the best out of your files and maybe add

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

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