Trees, Glorious Trees!

Trees, Glorious Trees!

“Look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time: Thus is your time on earth filled with glory.”
― Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

For the past ten years, I have spent a great deal of each summer traveling and photographing.  This summer has been quite different.

Although I have not been able to spend weeks away from home exploring, I have managed to make short day trips to

Image Twenty-Nine of Fifty Two and Finding Comfort in Favorite Places

Image Twenty-Nine of Fifty Two and Finding Comfort in Favorite Places

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.”
― Anne Frank

Each summer, I look forward to spending time in the sunflower fields.  The fields bring me such peace and joy.

This year, I was afraid that

Images Twenty-Four, Twenty-Five, Twenty-Six, Twenty-Seven and Twenty-Eight of 52

Images Twenty-Four, Twenty-Five, Twenty-Six, Twenty-Seven and Twenty-Eight of 52

“Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.”
― Malcolm Gladwell

Participating in scavenger hunts and in the 52 Frames project have been terrific ways to keep me practicing my photography.  I find that each image I make, the good and the bad, help me create better pictures the next time.  Both the scavenger hunts and the 52 Frames project also

A Special Place

A Special Place

“I believe that each person has a favorite place, a tree, a mountain, or a beach which they want to come back to, even if the return can only take place in the boundaries of their imagination.”
― Sana Szewczyk

I have several places that I return to again and again to photograph.  Roan Mountain is one of those very special places.  One of my favorite times to visit Roan Mountain is

Walking

Walking

“The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.”
― Albert Einstein

When my world became smaller, due to circumstances beyond my control, I began walking.  I have always enjoyed walking for exercise, so this choice was not unusual.  I simply started walking more.

In addition to walking, I

Inspiration

Inspiration

“Live like an artist!”

-Art Wolfe

According to Oxford Dictionaries, inspiration is “the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative”.  I regularly seek sources of inspiration.  Inspiration can be found in books, on the computer, on television, and in nature.  There are sources for inspiration everywhere!

One of my favorite photographers,