Sunday, June 24, 2012


It was a good weekend for the pool. I was the only one there for a little while, which was nice. I'm at the half-way point for this photo project. Just 26 weeks to go.

Friday, June 22, 2012

MacKenzie Springtime Portraits

It's time for the annual portraits of a friends daughter, MacKenzie. I've been taking her pictures for the past couple years and it's amazing how quickly kids grow. She's such a pretty and sweet little girl and reminds me so much of her mother.

These are just a few from this springs session.

Sunday, June 17, 2012


This didn't turn out quite how I had imagined, but it still works. I wanted to make a summery type image with these flowers and the blue sky. The official first day of summer is this week.

Sunday, June 10, 2012


Stopped by a church nearby where my ancestors attended more than 150 years ago. Since the last time I was there they've added plaques and Confedrate flags to the graves of those who fought during the war. This is the headstone of a family member in one of the branches of our family tree. His birthday is two days after mine - different years of course.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Hipstamatic Images of the Blue Ride Parkway in Color

Just a few more images taken with my cell phone and the Hipstamatic App - this time in color.
The old oak tree in the meadow. You can't really tell in this picture, but this tree is huge.

The red barn on the Parkway. I usually photograph it from the street, but walking around to the back side of it gives it a completely different look.

One of many types of split rail fence along the Parkway.

Price Lake - a great spot for camping and enjoying the Parkway.

Hipstamatic on the Blue Ridge Parkway

On a recent trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway I took several pictures with my cell phone and the Hipstamatic App. Hipstamatic emulates several old film and camera types, so you can get pretty creative with the images. My favorite are the black & white films, which is what was used for these images.

The high contrast from this scene with the dark shadows and bright sunlight was perfect for the black & white film setting. This was taken along one of the trails at Cone Manor.

A simple image of the growing grass and passing clouds on the Parkway.

The Blue Ridge Parkway along one of my favorite sections on the park - Julian Price Memorial Park. Grandfather Mountain in the background is covered in clouds.

A favorite tree I often photograph when on the Parkway. I decided to make the trek around to the back side of the tree to photograph it this time and the scene from this angle was more beautiful than I imagined.

Another shot of the tree photographed above. The tree is in the middle of a meadow with wild daisies in bloom all around.

These guys were funny. It started with one and eventually there was a whole crew following me up and down the fence as I took pictures. They were funny. In this scene they were all standing side by side in a line when one of them nudged another one forward as though he was to speak or say something for them. They stood in this formation for a few minutes giving me plenty of time to take some pictures.

Monday, June 4, 2012


Yesterday was a windy and sometimes cloudy day on the Blue Ridge Parkway, but it's still always nice being there.