Caged:  Back to the Zoo

Caged: Back to the Zoo

“My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport.”
– Steve McCurry

I took a bit of a break from working on my series, Caged.  In this series, I am creating images at the Riverbanks Zoo located in Columbia, SC.

If you have ever visited Columbia, SC in the summer,

Favorite Images of 2021

Favorite Images of 2021

“A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense and is thereby a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.”

-Ansel Adams

At the end of each year, I take time to review my favorite images of the year and

Holiday Lights at the Beach

Holiday Lights at the Beach

“This is the season when people of all faiths and cultures are pushing back against the planetary darkness. We string bulbs, light bonfires, and light candles.  And we sing.”

-Anita Diamant

While teaching in the elementary school classroom, this time of year was a joyous time learning how different cultures celebrate holidays.  We spent a week

Gibbs Gardens in My Dreams

Gibbs Gardens in My Dreams

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

Each fall, one of my favorite places to photograph is Gibbs Gardens, located in Ball Ground, Georgia.   I  began visiting the garden to photograph the brilliant colors of fall in

Fall in the Neighborhood

Fall in the Neighborhood

“When young photographers ask me what they should do, I always tell them to stay close to home.”

-Annie Leibovitz

This autumn, I have had the opportunity to take a couple of day trips to enjoy fall colors, but I have spent most of my time

Close to My Friends’ Homes

Close to My Friends’ Homes

“The key is to integrate our art into our life, not the other way around.”
― Brooks Jensen

I have been thinking a great deal about the benefits of photographing close to home.  I have spent much more time doing so lately.  I am also currently putting together a presentation about the benefits of photographing close to home.

Recently, I had the opportunity to

Meet Me at the Rocket

Meet Me at the Rocket

“Cotton candy is a bouquet of color to the eyes, a sweet aroma to the nose, and a delightful pleasure to the palate”.”
― Reed Abbitt Moore

One of the things I missed most last fall was

Great Expectations

Great Expectations

“Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect.”
― Margaret Mitchell

I was thrilled to have the chance to take a second day trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway Sunday.  Randy and I wanted to see if the fall colors

Road Trip

Road Trip

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”

— Anonymous

 

Randy and I took a spur of the moment road trip Sunday.  The purpose of the trip was to enjoy and photograph early fall colors on the Blue Ridge Parkway in the mountains of North Carolina.

We decided to make our first destination