Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all from Tennessee, where it’s a “balmy” 35 degrees and cloudy.  Sun tried to peak out a few times but finally gave up.  I hope everyone, everywhere has been able to enjoy family and friends.



Photography 101 – Landscape and #NaBloPoMo

It’s a big world out there! Show us what you see in a landscape.

Out my back door this past winter.  Cold but beautiful.

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Site of the first landing where first settlers came on shore from the James River.  Since 1607 the river has eroded about 25 acres of this part of Jamestown Island.  The original shoreline was close to the present edge of the river channel, a little more than 100 yards offshore from the seawall.  Gives you chills to be standing in the same spot where the first settlers came on land.

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Photography 101: Architecture and #NaBloPoMo

Study architectural forms, and also train your eye to look for shots that will translate well in black and white.

I think the simplicity of this one translates well to black and white –  Mammoth Cave Baptist Church. Established 1827 Flint Ridge Road, Mammoth Cave National Park. Original church blew away in storm in the 1920’s and this one is the rebuilt one about 50-75 yards from the original church location.

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Then there’s The Mentz House in Park City, KY with all it’s angles… Built in 1885 by C H Smith of Bowling Green, KY, it was hotel and office for the L & N and Mammoth Cave Railroad.  It burned in 1897 and was rebuilt on the original foundation in 1902 and was home to the Baulch Junior School, a hotel, a nursing home, an apartment building and a private residence.  It is now being restored and is said to be haunted.

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Photography 101 – Mystery and #NaBloPoMo

Show us something uncertain, and manipulate light around you to enhance the mood of your image.

Used some crazy setting in my photo editing after downloading pix taken with my Fire Phone.  The 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Spring Hill is being re-acted this month at the battlefield at Rippavilla just outside of Spring Hill, TN.   These flags line the driveway to Rippavilla.  Battlefield definitely looks different with the GM Plant across the highway now.

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Photography 101 – Landmark and #NaBloPoMo

Landmarks are everywhere: iconic places, meeting points, markers on a map. Today, consider a unique point of view as you photograph a landmark.

This post ties in with the one I did over the weekend on historical landmarks around Franklin, TN.


This is the way the cannons used to be mounted on the square.

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This is the way the look now. Remounted cannon on the square.  Much better.

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One of my favorite landmarks – The Old Bells Tavern site in Park City, KY

Photography 101 – Connect and #NaBloPoMo

In this age of social media, we hear the word connect more often, don’t we? Connect with us on Facebook! Connect with me on LinkedIn! Given what today’s technologies can do, it feels like the world is getting smaller, and we’re more connected than ever before.

There are many ways to interpret this theme: from a gadget to a handshake, from a bridge to a gathering among friends. What’s yours?

I had several different thoughts on this one, first about the Natchez Trace Bridge over Hwy 96 W in Franklin, TN – but then – what better way to say connect than a family tree.

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What better way to connect – the family tree

Photography 101 – Day 3 Challenge – Water and #NaBloPoMo

Photography 101 – Day 3 Challenge – Water

Wow, how ironic, it’s raining today, steady drizzle and rain and rain.  If it keeps this up my yard will look like a lake again.

It looks like this now –



And if it continues through the night this is what it will look like tomorrow –

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I’d much rather be here going down Green River from Mammoth Cave, KY

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Or here – looking out across the James River at old Jamestown, VA.