Summer Sunflowers

Summer Sunflowers

Sunflowers remain one of my very favorite subjects to photograph.  It is absolutely impossible to be in a bad mood when standing in a field of sunflowers.  They are just happy flowers.

Each summer I like to spend as much time as I can photographing when the sunflowers are in bloom.  I am so fortunate to live about forty minutes away from some very large fields of sunflowers.  These fields are located in

Fourth of July

Fourth of July

I have lived in the same community, off and on, since I was ten years old.  I grew up in Tega Cay, South Carolina.  I left Tega Cay, after college, for my first real job.  I lived in Charleston, SC, for five years.  I then moved to Charlotte, NC, for almost ten years.

When my son, Jeremy, was in elementary school, I chose

Bicycles in Tarpon Springs

Bicycles in Tarpon Springs

“Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.”
― H.G. Wells

I have visited Tarpon Springs many times while visiting friends and relatives in Florida.  I discovered something new on my most recent visit to Tarpon Springs.

As a photographer, I am always looking for something that will catch my eye to photograph.  It did not take long to find the thing that made me get my gear out of my bag.

I saw the first

Tarpon Springs

Tarpon Springs

I still remember how much I enjoyed my first visit to Tarpon Springs.  Tarpon Springs is located in Pinellas County, Florida.  I was a child visiting my grandmother, my Meemaw, when first encountering this wonderful city.  When one enters this historic city, it is like taking a step back in time.

Visitors enjoy the sponge docks, boat cruises, shopping, and Greek food while visiting Tarpon Springs.

You can read about the history of Tarpon Springs here.

My most vivid memories from my first visit to Tarpon Springs are of

Chasing Rhododendron at Roan Mountain State Park Part Two

Chasing Rhododendron at Roan Mountain State Park Part Two

Earlier this week, I wrote about my first official day of summer vacation spent chasing rhododendron at Roan Mountain State Park.  Although the day was a time to bond with my son, Jeremy, and experience Roan Mountain State Park during peak bloom of rhododendron, I came home from the day without any of the images I was hoping to create while there.

If you missed reading my post about that foggy day at Roan Mountain State Park,

Chasing Rhododendron at Roan Mountain State Park Part One

Chasing Rhododendron at Roan Mountain State Park Part One

“You had a choice: you could either strain and look at things that appeared in front of you in the fog, painful as it might be, or you could relax and lose yourself”
― Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Each year in early to mid June, I always make it a point to chase rhododendron at Roan Mountain State Park, Tennessee.  I am not alone in this endeavour.  When the rhododendron begin blooming on Roan Mountain, social media becomes flooded with images of fellow hikers and photographers working to enjoy and capture the beauty of the balds while covered with blooming rhododendron and flame azaleas.

Last Monday was my first official day of summer vacation.  I couldn’t think of any better way to spend that day than

Landsford Canal State Park, SC

Landsford Canal State Park, SC

Landsford Canal State Park, located in Catawba, SC, is a place that I put on my calendar to visit each year in late May or early June. This is the time that you will be able to see the Rocky Shoals Spider Lilies that bloom in the park.  Visitors come from near and far to see this spectacular display.

You can take a hiking path down to the viewing area for enjoying the lilies or you may choose to

Dragonfly Shoot

Dragonfly Shoot

I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with friends and fellow photographers this weekend.  I am a member of a wonderful organization, CNPA (Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association).  Many photographers from our region of the organization met to photograph dragonflies at a local pond one morning this weekend.

It is always so much fun to meet up with those who share the same passion.  We met prior to 8:00 a.m.  As we found our spots around the pond

School’s Out for Summer!

School’s Out for Summer!

“No more pencils no more books”

-Alice Cooper

Yesterday was the last day of the 2015-2016 school year for my students.  Today is my last day of work before summer vacation.  This is the end of my twenty-ninth year teaching young people in public schools.

Each school year seems to pass more quickly