“Unexpected intrusions of beauty. This is what life is.”
― Saul Bellow

The first stop for our summer family vacation this year was San Francisco.  One of the things my family wanted to do was visit Alcatraz Island.  Luckily, we heard that tickets needed to be

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

“Stare. It is the way to educate your eye, and more. ”
― Walker Evans

I have seen many pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge, located in San Francisco, California, since becoming a photographer.  The images that seem to stay with me are the ones that have the bridge disappearing into the fog.

This past week, I had my first opportunity to see the bridge in person.  I intentionally did not

Week Nineteen Composite:  900 Days of School (Part Three)

Week Nineteen Composite: 900 Days of School (Part Three)

“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”
― Mother Teresa

As I have written, I participate in an ongoing photography scavenger hunt.  Participating photographers are given a list of words and work to create an image for each word.  In a recent hunt, one of the words was 

Rhododendrons on Roan

Rhododendrons on Roan

“Adults follow paths. Children explore. Adults are content to walk the same way, hundreds of times, or thousands; perhaps it never occurs to adults to step off the paths, to creep beneath rhododendrons, to find the spaces between fences.”
― Neil Gaiman

Each year, at this time, I feel compelled to take my camera to Roan Mountain State Park to photograph the rhododendron in bloom.  Due to other scheduled activities, I did not think that I was going to be able to make it this year.

For the past few days, I have seen posts from friends who were heading to Roan Mountain to photograph.  I talked myself into believing it would be fine for me to miss out on a trip to Roan during the rhododendron bloom

Sunset at Lake Moultrie

Sunset at Lake Moultrie

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
― Rabindranath Tagore

Several weeks ago, when my great friends, Amy, Tony, and I spent the weekend photographing in the Charleston area, we were faced most of the weekend with gray, storm threatening skies.

There was one evening, however, that we were able to experience  

900 Days  of School:  A Personal Project (Part Two)

900 Days of School: A Personal Project (Part Two)

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever…it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”
― Aaron Siskind

When I began my 900 Days of School project, I had some goals in mind.  By searching to capture an image a day,

900 Days of School:  A Personal Project (Part One)

900 Days of School: A Personal Project (Part One)

“Photographic projects can be as short as an afternoon or as long as a lifetime.”
― George Barr

I just finished my thirty-first year teaching young children in the public schools of the Carolinas.  The past twenty-six years have been spent teaching at the same school located in Charlotte, NC.

Since I am in the final years of my career,

Photographing a Less than Magnificent Sky

Photographing a Less than Magnificent Sky

“A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.”

-Dorthea Lange

Beautiful skies are such a welcomed sight to a nature photographer.  Magnificent, colorful skies add so much to a landscape image.  Often, the nature photographer will be rewarded with brilliant skies to enhance his/her composition.

Unfortunately, this past weekend in Charleston, there would be no help from