Beautiful Botany Bay

Beautiful Botany Bay

Whenever I visit Charleston, South Carolina, I never miss a chance to go to beautiful Botany Bay.  Botany Bay is a wildlife preserve located on Edisto Island.  It is about an hour’s drive from Charleston, South Carolina.

Edisto Island holds a special place in my heart as it is

Reflecting Upon 2015 (Part Two)

Reflecting Upon 2015 (Part Two)

Last time, I shared with you my favorite images taken in the winter and spring of 2015.  Today I would like to share my favorites from summer and fall.

My summer folder is always filled with more images than any other folder.  This is not necessarily because it is my favorite season.  The reason my summer folder is so much fuller is

Reflecting Upon 2015 (Part One)

Reflecting Upon 2015 (Part One)

Photography has become such a big part of my life in the past nine years.  When I take time to reflect at the end of each year, it is not uncommon for me to look back on my photography from the year.  I feel that each year I grow as a photographer.  It is interesting to look at my work from each of the nine years to see my progression.

I tend to photograph and classify my photography by

Christmas Town USA

Christmas Town USA

Since I was a teenager, visiting McAdenville during the Christmas season has been at the top of our list.  McAdenville, also known as Christmas Town USA, is a popular destination for all ages during December each year.

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McAdenville was established in 1881.  This is the sixtieth year of the Christmas light display.  The light display begins December first and goes until December 26th.

Visitors arrive in McAdenville in buses, cars, limousines, and motorcycles to view the lights displayed on every house in the town.  This year I even spotted visitors riding in a

Cades Cove

Cades Cove

One of my favorite places to photograph is in Cades Cove.  Cades Cove is a part of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.  You can enjoy Cades Cove on foot, on bicycle, or in your car.  Some mornings only allow foot and bicycle traffic.  Be sure to visit the website when planning your trip to determine how and when you will be visiting the park.

Whenever I visit Cades Cove, I choose to be one of the first visitors to enter the park.  The way to accomplish this is

Holiday Lights at the Garden

Holiday Lights at the Garden

One of my favorite places to photograph holiday lights is at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.  The garden is located in Belmont, NC.  Each year, visitors to the garden from the end of November to early January can enjoy a spectacular combination of garden elements and lights in the evenings.  This year Holidays at the Garden began November 20.  Visitors can enjoy the lights in the garden until January 3, 2016.

Some of the attractions during Holidays at the Garden include

Creating Images in Winter

Creating Images in Winter

While many people like to bundle up and stay indoors drinking hot chocolate in the winter months, it is a tremendous time to get outdoors and explore nature with your camera.  There are so many wonderful compositions that can be captured in the Carolinas during the winter months.

Before you head out, be sure to dress appropriately for the conditions.  You will need