Today's Photo: The Tax ManI could not help but be amused with this photo. Maybe it is just me, but I try to find interesting shapes and objects for my photos. It does not always work out that way, but I was surprised by this one. In fact, it was not until I started working on the photo that I noticed what the business was. I was so busy snapping away that night that I did not really look at the names of the businesses. I know I can't be the only one who is so focused on their photography that they forget to look at what they are shooting? I wonder how many other people see what I see? Read more at the Daily Photography Blog Just Shooting Memories!...
Today's Photo: The Super SportFirst offered in 1961, the Super Sport brand for Chevy has since grown into an icon of power. Every car show that I have been to has had at least one Super Sport package vehicle and most have had more. From the Impala through the Camaro, there are few cars that can match the power and performance when they wear the Super Sport emblem. However, I must confess that the Chevelle holds a special place for me. I spent many hours riding in a Chevelle SS listening to the 8 track player and eventually to the tape player when that wore out. One of these days, I'm going to drop some my other hobbies to find a Chevelle in need of a little TLC. Read more at the Daily Photography Blog Just Shooting Memories!...
Today's Photo: Boise River Diversion DamLooking at photos from the Northwest United States, most of them you see are of green forests, vast rivers and tall mountains. Rarely do you see the dry, barren high deserts. That was one of the first things I experienced in Boise. There are mountains, big mountains and very close, but Boise itself and the immediate surrounding area is high desert. Through the ingenuity of the early settlers to this area, the ability to live and thrive was derived from the Boise River. Just as the river flows from the surrounding mountains, a diversion dam was constructed to irrigate the Boise valley. This is the dam where the water is separated into the irrigation canal and the Boise River. Read more at the Daily Photography Blog Just Shooting Memories!...
Today's Photo: Fading LightBefore I began my journey down digital photography lane, I would enjoy sitting and watching a good sunset. Now that I spend a considerable amount of time with photography, I find myself still enjoying a good sunset, but now, I try my best to share it with everyone else. Don't forget to click on the photo to see it big. All of these look much better larger. Read more at the Daily Photography Blog Just Shooting Memories!...
Today's Photo: Another Olympic WaterfallMany cities walk a fine line between development and maintaining green space and parks. Atlanta falls into that category and includes several large parks. Centennial Olympic Park is one of those parks. It is a gem of peacefulness amidst the bustle of one of the busiest cities in the world. My favorite part is not the fountain in the shape of the Olympic Rings, the many monuments or the vast open area to just lay around or have fun, although all of those are nice. My favorite part of the park happens to be the flowing creek along the eastern edge of the park. The babbling of the brook seems to make the sounds of downtown melt away and the waterfalls make for an interesting view. Read more at the Daily Photography Blog Just Shooting Memories!...
Today's Photo: Woffords Crossroads Baptist ChurchSome of the best places I find to photograph are purely by accident / exploration. The exploration mode was what I was in the day I ran across this church. It was not in any place one would find it purely by accident. You have to either look for it or be exploring. I found this church maintaining a commanding view over, none other than, Woffords Crossroads. If you miss the stop sign, your next step would be a trip through this parking lot. Read more at the Daily Photography Blog Just Shooting Memories!...
Today's Photo: David G. Archer OverlookSeveral months ago, I took my kids on their first Geocaching adventure. I decided to take them again several weeks ago. We decided to go to the Pine Mountain Recreation Area just east of Cartersville Georgia. We decided to go there since the hike was not too bad, there was supposed to be a good overlook and several geocaches. We hiked about three miles at a measly one mile per hour, but that was with about a 45 minute stop to enjoy the overlook and time to find all the caches. Overall, it was a great day and I came away with a few good shots. This one happens to be from the top of the mountain looking east southeast toward Lake Allatoona. Read more at the Daily Photography Blog Just Shooting Memories!...
Today's Photo: NanaFamily gatherings are great photo opportunities. You never know what is going to happen. Everyone expects you to be taking photos and just relax. I have been practicing some of my "street" photography lately and this has been a good training ground. However, I think I'll have to get a backup camera or drop the battery grip. Shooting discreetly is impossible carrying that thing around. Even though this one was not discreet, I couldn't pass posting it. Read more at the Daily Photography Blog Just Shooting Memories!...
Today's Photo: Fall CloudsI was walking around outside yesterday and got real excited. It was overcast, damp and had that fall chill in the air. It reminded me of growing up and spending weekends in the mountains. Two years ago, Winter was actually cold and we had a good bit of snow. Last year, we did not get anything worth mentioning and had 70 degree plus days in January. If it was not for the humidity and green all around, I would have believed we were living on the beach in south Florida. I hope this winter is the complete opposite of last winter. Read more at the Daily Photography Blog Just Shooting Memories!...
Today's Photo: Pools of LightHave you ever flown in the dark? I always do my best to get a window seat because you never know what you are going to see. Until this last time flying, I had not paid much attention to street lights. However, if you look at them while taking off or landing, they become pools of light with dark areas between them. I guess it has to do with how far away from them you are because it does not seem as pronounced when you are driving through them. So, after that, I began watching the effect of lights and the absence of light. This shot is from along one of the many walkways in Chattanooga Tennessee. Read more at the Daily Photography Blog Just Shooting Memories!...
Today's Photo: The Final LightI have a hard time deciding which time of the day I like better, sunrise or sunset. This photo is from just after sunset. There is something special about the soft kiss of sunlight on the bottom of low lying clouds after the sun sinks below the horizon. Whether it is sunrise or sunset, there are very few places from which you can watch and not be mesmerized.
Today's Photo: Ghosts of the Trail of TearsIn the early 1800's many Native Americans were forced from their ancestral homelands and forced to move westward across the United States. The move took approximately 10 years and thousands of Native American lives. This forced move has been referred to as the Trail of Tears. Many times, historical events are represented by artist through sculptures and monuments. This waterfall in Chattanooga was created in representation of the Trail of Tears. I stopped to take this photo and knew there had been people walking through the water. However, I was surprised when I got home and saw that, instead of people, I captured ghosts walking the Trail of Tears.
Today's Photo: The Church of Latter-Day Saints (Boise Temple)I grew up in the deep South and there are many churches. However, there is not a large population of Mormons. When I visited Boise, this was my first experience with one of the large temples. The architecture was superb and the grounds well cared for, which is exactly what I would expect from a place of worship. I just wish there had been better clouds to go with the sunset.
Today's Photo: Moving OnMany years ago, it was normal to see or know of someone catching a ride on a train. It was one of the most efficient methods of travel and at the time, one of the only ways to travel long distances. Now, there is very little travel and nearly all travel is by the personal automobile. I guess this due to the time demands put on everyone and the need to be flexible. One thing for sure is that the glory days of hitching a ride on a rail car are over.
Today's Photo: Fall Creek FallsThis past weekend, I took a trip to Fall Creek Falls State Park in Tennessee. I was hoping to catch the peak color change season, but I think I missed it by about a week. On the other hand, I started my descent in to the gorge to look at the base of the falls and when I got back to the top, it looked as if the colors had changed in just a few hours. This shot is from the base. However, don't be fooled. The falls are 256 feet tall and the highest in the Eastern United States. The boulder near the bottom right of the falls is taller than a person.
Today's Photo: The Big Dump TruckMost boys are fascinated by big trucks. It seems that the larger they are the cooler and if it hauls a lot of dirt, the better. All it takes is a trip to the local toy isle to find dump trucks in all shapes and sizes. The common denominator for all is the ability to carry massive amounts of dirt. And every boy that I know likes to play in the dirt. So, it was no surprise to find a massive dump truck parked outside the Tellus Museum. You know its a big dump truck when the tires are taller than your average person.
Today's Photo: The Skeleton TreeI found this tree along the hiking trail at the Pine Mountain Recreation Area in Cartersville. Well, I didn't actually find it, the girls pointed it out. It was fun and interesting to hear their creative description of what they thought it was. I heard everything from a turtle skeleton to a giant rib cage. So, I had to stop and get a few shots of it. In fact, nearly the whole time, I was being directed by one or the other on how to take the best picture of it. I think I burned up several dozen shot of just this tree.
Today's Photo: The Stone Carvers HammerLike "leaf lookers", I used to be one of the people who avoided craft shows and festivals at all costs. I think it was due to my time living in the small North Georgia town of Ellijay and enjoying the gridlock and frustration for two weekends in October every year for the Apple Festival. I would make it a point to disappear those weekends. However, I have been getting lax in my dislike of these shows and actually go to a few of them each year. Usually even the dreaded Apple Festival. I made it to the Marble Festival in Jasper Georgia a couple of weeks ago. Although no where near as large as the Apple Festival, it was still a nice show and a little more manageable time wise. We were walking down one of the aisles of tents when I ran across a guy carving a large block of marble. It was fascinating to see him switch from powered tools to small pieces of rock and chisels and watch the marble slowly melt away and the form of a knight kneeling and kissing the hand of a lady begin to appear. Under the table, waiting for the right time, was his hammer. Just the thing for those delicate touches.
Today's Photo: The ColumbariaThe Georgia National Cemetery is located just west of Canton Georgia. It is situated on top of a hill overlooking Lake Allatoona and with a descent view of the east and sunrise. My goal several weeks ago was to get some sunrise photos at the cemetery. So, I got up early and drove through the dark to get there. When I got there, it was just as dawn was beginning. The fog was extremely heavy near the entrance of the cemetery and it was eirie to drive through. As I was taking the road around, out of the fog came these rows of walls. They were not very wide, certainly not enough for a full body, but long. I stopped by after the fog lifted just to see what it was. Each of the Columbaria had row after row of names. Not just any names, but the names of brave soldiers who served this great country. Many have given some; Some have given all.
Today's Photo: Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist ChurchAnother Church for Sunday. This one is from just outside Marietta Georgia. I spent a couple hours around the square downtown and was able to collect a bunch of shots of Churches for the up coming weeks. I actually was not planning on shooting this one, but I had to pull over for unrelated reasons and chose to take this photo anyway.
Today's Photo: Stone StepsDuring my recent trip to Fall Creek Falls State Park in Tennessee, I had to make the trip to the base of the falls. This is just a half mile trek. Not bad, right? That is until you start walking. This trail is labeled strenuous for a reason. It starts at the overlook to the falls and plunges straight into the gorge that the falls run into. There are tons of steps, wooden steps, rock steps, dirt steps, even steps that are covered in moss. Although there is not much of that from all the traffic. These were about half way down and very slick from the water dripping down from the canyon walls above.
Today's Photo: Hole in the RockJasper Georgia is the marble capital of Georgia. So, it is fitting that on the edge of town, they have a small garden / park that is made out of marble slabs. I had been by this place several times and wanted to stop. I was hoping to get a shot of the sunset through the hole in this piece of marble, but after looking at it closer, the angles just don't work right. However, the fountain made for a good foreground for this.
Today's Photo: The Law of Unintended SurprisesHave you ever done something with certain results in mind and get something totally unexpected? I call this the law of unintended surprises. It is the opposite of Albert Einsteins definition of Insanity. Well, at least it violates that definition. I guess if there has to be a law for it, it could probably have been accounted for in the first place, but then I would not have the pleasure of these discoveries. So, this has a story to it. Let us begin... A couple weekends ago, I went camping. It was planned to be a great first time camping trip for the girls. This would be about my millionth time, but the first in the last ten years. The plan was to couple this with a couple trips to some state parks for fall foliage exploration. I planned and prepared and schemed. Then it happened...MURPHY. First, the air mattress had a hole in it. Then, hot dogs. Easy you say. Right until you put the bag of charcoal, that prominently said, "Light the four corners," not, "Lighter fluid required," into the grill. An hour later, the charcoal was barely burning. After that, I decided to straighten the glass globe on the lantern. This requires loosening the metal nut on top. Did I mention it was ON when I did that?!? OUCH... Now you wonder what this has to do with the above photo... The next night, I decided it was clear enough for a time lapse of the stars. You know, since that is one of my favorite things to do. I set the camera up, made sure to put the AA batteries in, so I would not use up the rechargeable batteries, and turned it on. Good thing I checked back, because AA's don't last long. I took the leap, and put the rechargeable batteries back in, and let it go again. I reviewed it the next morning and found this photo. At the time, I could not see how good it really turned out, but I could never have planned for the people in the next campsite to turn on the car with their headlights at just the right angle. Pleasantly Surprised.
Today's Photo: Dew Before DawnSometimes it feels good to get back to the beginning. Over the last several months, my schedule has not allowed me to be out and about around sunrise or sunset. This was probably the closest I was in that time frame and it was still several minutes off. However, I really liked the dew on the gate and the fog visible in the distant valleys. Maybe the next few months will allow me some sunrise time, or maybe I will just have to schedule it. It seems everything I do these days has to be scheduled.
Today's Photo: Hidden ColorsI am one of those few people who actually like bugs. That makes it okay when we stop by the butterfly exhibit at the Chattanooga Aquarium. In the wild, there is very little chance of having one of these beauties light on your fingertip. However, here, it is a common occurrence. It is not uncommon for me to hold several different ones when I stop by. This one I could not pass up with a little colorful soft focus in the background.
Today's Photo: Super Moon and the FairMay 5, 2012 was the super moon for this year. A super moon is when the moon is at its closest to the earth and it coincides with the full moon. This causes the appearance of the moon to be much larger than normal. I spent the evening at the Shrine Circus and Fair at Jim R. Miller park in Marietta Georgia. I had tons of fun, but it was not the ideal setting for getting shots of the moon. I was able to get this one of the entrance. Photography has many artistic abilities due to the technical aspects of how it works. One of those is the ability to "compress" an image based on the amount of focal length in the lens, for example: through an 18mm lens, objects appear to be farther apart and through a 500mm lens, they appear closer and farther away objects appear larger. This shot was at 18mm which is why the moon looks small.
Today's Photo: Zion Baptist ChurchI spent a little while a few days ago with one of my daughters walking around Marietta. It was exciting to get to spend some time with her. It is always fun to get my children engaged in photography. Some of the suggestions that I get for framing and just shots in general, can be rather interesting. The neat thing is that, most of the time, their suggestions turn out to be good shots. My goal for our walk was to shot some of the multitude of churches around downtown.
Today's Photo: HalogenBack in the spring, I ran across this car show completely by accident. I was driving through Cartersville looking for churches to shoot and noticed a few cars starting to park near the end of one parking lot. I stopped to take a look. This shot was from a 1965 Ford Thunderbird. I was surprised by the show and, according to others, the show had been canceled, but that was not widely known. They decided to do it anyway since everyone was showing up.
Today's Photo: Fall ColorsOn our way home from Fall Creek Falls, I drove down this long two lane road with not much along it. I began to get worried that I had taken a wrong turn somewhere. Then, I passed this little lake in the middle of nowhere. Of course, I did not realize what a good photographic opportunity it would bring until I was nearly past it. I had to go a short distance and execute a quick turnaround. These turned out pretty good. I just wished I remembered that I turned the ISO up for some night shooting.
Today's Photo: Walnut Street Bridge at NightPart of the reason I like Chattanooga Tennessee so much are the bridges. All of them are picturesque, but one must stand out from the others. I believe it is the Walnut Street Bridge. During the day in the summer, the blue framework of the bridge contrasts with the gray/brown of the water and the green of the surrounding foliage. At night, the bridge comes alive. It is lit from end to end and the navigation lights on the supports shine brightly. I stopped by the observation deck at the Hunter Museum one night to get this shot.
Today's Photo: The Eagle HunterHaving museums near home is great. You can go visit them when you want and don't have to cram a whole lot into a limited amount of time for one visit. One of our local museums is the Booth Western Art museum. It's almost like going back to the good old days of cowboys. Everywhere are statues of Indians and cowboys, and then there were the paintings and statues depicting the American Civil War. This is one of the more prominent statues in the museum. With the religious significance of feathers, it does not surprise me that there was a statue depicting the struggle to capture a large bird of prey.
Today's Photo: Another Shot of the ObservatoryLast night, Friday, was a special presentation at the Tellus Museum. The presentation was on lasers and light in general. However, as with most of the special events, the museum stayed open late with the observatory being open a little while longer. We watched the last music and laser show in the planetarium and took our time leaving. This made us next to last in line to see the telescope in the observatory. After I finished, I had just enough time to run back to the car, get the camera and take this shot.
Today's Photo: One Small StepJune 20, 1969, the human race was changed forever. Neil Armstrong took mankind's first steps on the moon, and big steps those were. With those steps, Armstrong became an American legend and a hero to every child. It also capped off the space race between the cold war super powers. However, he was only one of many Americans that walked the Moon. It was a sad day when this hero finally succumbed to the inevitable. At the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Alabama, there is a memorial to the men who walked the Moon. This is one half of The Apollo Courtyard.
Today's Photo: The Roadside FallsOn the way home from Fall Creek Falls, we were driving down Highway 111 just outside Dunlap Tennessee. There was a small pullout next to the road with a couple picnic benches. It was not the picnic benches that caught my attention. It was the double waterfall behind the benches. Although my photos of the waterfall were pretty good (my opinion), it was the photos my wife took of my daughter watching me that impressed me. Mine is above, hers is below. Not bad for an iPhone photo.
Today's Photo: The OfficeI have shared many photos from my time at Old Car City USA. I was going through them the other day and noticed that I had not shared any of the facilities. The majority have been of vehicles. There are several buildings around the junkyard, but this one used to be the old office. I liked all the hand painted signs and then near the back of this building there were cars just suspended like they were on a lift. It was obvious that at one point in time, this was the center of the yard.
Today's Photo: Just Hanging OutI believe that the best way to improve in anything in life is to identify an area that you find takes you out of your comfort zone and immerse yourself in it. For me lately, that has been taking candid and "life" portraits. I had tons of fun with this young man and his siblings. For this shot, my wife was lying on the ground holding him up. I thought it would be cute to get a shot, but holding the camera and him was not going to turn out well. So, the next bet thing was to hold it blindly in front of my wife's face and shoot away. I took four series of photos and most turned out pretty good. I really liked this one best though.
Today's Photo: First Baptist Church MariettaA few weeks ago, I made it back through downtown Marietta for a few minutes. While I was there, I took some shots from a church that I failed to get the name of. Well, it is the First Baptist Church of Marietta. It is a rather large church and has tons of details. I could spend hours there taking photos. This is of a little courtyard in between two of the larger buildings.
Today's Photo: The Hope CenterI was driving through Cartersville the other day and saw this ribbon being projected on the side of a building. What I did not know was that it is the Hope Center, which is a cancer treatment facility. This is just one of many cancer centers in this area. Unfortunately, the loss to this terrible disease is horrible. However, I know that some of the greatest minds in medical science are working on a cure. Hopefully, they will continue to benefit from the great amounts of support that they have in the past.
Today's Photo: The MachineI am a technology lover. I always want the newest gadget that is out there. I don't always get to get them, but that does not stop the desire. That is what happened when I purchased a Raspberry Pi, a $35.00 computer. However, I am sometimes mystified by the need for complex machines to perform mundane simple tasks. That was the situation I ran across at the Marble Festival in Jasper Georgia. This shot is of an apple peeler and corer. Now, how hard is it to peel and core and apple?
Today's Photo: Christmas LightsIt's almost time for Christmas lights again. Has it been that long already? I shot this Christmas night last year in downtown Cartersville. This year, I was thinking of trying the Atlanta Botanical Gardens "Garden Lights" or maybe one of the local drive thru light displays. I'm just worried that I will not have enough time to shoot if we are driving through.
Today's Photo: Frosty MorningI have shot so many photos of gates in this area, that sometimes I forget to look elsewhere. What is sad is that this gate is just down the road from the others. Most of the time, I don't make it by this gate with good light. Usually it is too early, as in the sun is not up yet. That was not the case this morning. I got there just in time for the sun to rise over the hill beside this gate and barn. It had been cold enough for frost and the sun had not heated it enough to make it go away. Read more at the Daily Photography Blog Just Shooting Memories!...
Today's Photo: Where to go NextIt is nice when a city becomes really involved in development that is meant to attract people to continue to explore. That is the feeling I get every time I visit Chattanooga. No matter where I go, there is that feeling that I need to keep going to see what is around the next corner. There are many paths like this one where you can not see where they lead, but all of them are enticing. Do you take the stairs or the path? Maybe you turn around and go down the steps behind you, or up the Endless Turns? No matter which way, there is always something interesting to see.