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

Battery Park and White Point Gardens

Battery Park and White Point Gardens

“Except for memory, time would have no meaning at all.”
― Pat Conroy

I have so many memories tied to Battery Park and White Point Gardens, located in Charleston, SC.

My first memory of this wonderful area began in Jr. High School when I encountered the park for the first time.  I was accompanying a family so that I could watch their young children throughout the trip.  Since that first visit,

Rally in Raleigh

Rally in Raleigh

“Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops.”

-Henry Brooks Adams

There are days in your life…and there are extraordinary days in your life.  Yesterday, May 16, 2018 was an extraordinary day in my life.

I just learned, in the last week or so, about

Finding Images Near Home

Finding Images Near Home

“There is no place like home.”
― L. Frank Baum

I spend a great deal of time traveling to locations in order to put myself in the position to create interesting images.  This spring, I spent so much time chasing the image, that I ended up wearing myself down too much.

I realized that I needed to slow down the pace a bit in order