Monday, March 13, 2017

Over the Moonbow

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Betsy and I went to Cumberland Falls State Park in Kentucky to celebrate my birthday and, if possible, to see the moonbow which occurs on clear nights with a full moon.  The night we were there was slightly hazy, and a ranger told Betsy that we wouldn’t be able to see anything.

Although we could see the falls in the moonlight, we did not see any sign of a moonbow at all.  But I decided, since we were there, I would do some experimenting with night photography and time exposures.  I took some 15 second exposures at where we thought the moonbow should be, but in camera, everything was black.

I was surprised, when I looked at the photos on my computer to see, although the photo was very dark, a faint moonbow.  I worked on the image in Photoshop and was able to bring out the moonbow a little more.  This image is noisy, but it is proof that there was indeed a moonbow although we couldn’t see it with our naked eyes.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Mossy Tree and the Little Pigeon River

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Sometimes a scene just begs for a picture to be taken.  In mid-January Betsy and I were hiking along the Little Pigeon River in the Greenbrier section of the Smokies.  The day was pleasant, but partly cloudy.  As we got near the bridge over the river leading to Ramsey Cascade Road, the sun came out.  This moss-covered tree on the bank had branches leaning out over the stream, and the light seemed perfect for a photo.  This is the result.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

McLeod Plantation, Charleston, SC



Betsy and I visited the McLeod Plantation on James Island, Charleston, South Carolina, over Thanksgiving weekend.  The house and grounds were fascinating, and we enjoyed the beauty and history of the place.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Merry Christmas!

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I hope all of you have a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year.  These beautiful — and for me, different — poinsettias were seen in the Conservatory at Biltmore House and Gardens near Asheville, North Carolina.  Betsy and I visited there on November 20, 2016.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Lake Santeetiah

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In mid-October Betsy and I drove through the mountains of east Tennessee and western North Carolina in search of autumn colors.  We came upon this beautiful sight on Lake Santeetiah near Robbinsville, North Carolina, on October 20, 2016.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Mabry Mill

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Mabry Mill (milemarker 176) is reported to be the most iconic — and photographed — structure on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  It’s easy to see why it is so popular with tourists and photographers.  Betsy and I stopped there on our way home from the Peaks of Otter in September, which is when I captured this photo.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Cahas Mountain Overlook



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Earlier this month Betsy and I took a couple of days off to drive up into Virginia in search of some cooler temperatures and some relaxation.  We got onto the Blue Ridge Parkway as soon as possible and enjoyed this view from the Cahas Mountain Overlook in Virginia.