Morning Walk

Morning Walk

“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”
― Henry David Thoreau

I was never much of a morning person before I became a photographer.  Early on, I learned that in landscape photography, early morning light and late afternoon light are often

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

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