Monday, February 23, 2009

Mountain Memories

A quieter time, more peaceful than the rush
of today.
A time of friends, family, and community.
A time of living in harmony with the rhythms 
of nature.
A time of being close to the God of your understanding.
A time that we all have and hold in our  hearts.
A time brought back to mind by our preserved history.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Oil Lamps

Always remember that we are a light for others.
They are watching.  Watching to see what we do,
how we do it, and whether or not it works.

Artists, almost by definition, are in 
the business of breaking new trails.
Finding new ways to present what we see
and how we feel about it.
Sometimes our efforts work well.
Sometimes we fail.

But we are always on the edge of discovery.
That is why this profession is so much fun.
Those moments of discovery are pure bliss.

This was found / discovered 
last spring at a local park.


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Ghost Trees

OK, I have done it.
After many requests, I have set up a site where
you can purchase my prints. 
See the side bar under My Places and use the link.

The prints are / have always been archival since
I use the Canon pigment inks in my printer.
Tests show that they should last a long time.

This print, Ghost Trees is from this Januarys trip
to the mountains.


Friday, February 6, 2009

Frozen Fog

Back to teaching,
the classes at the museum started on Tuesday.
A beginning class this time.
All digital as usual.
They seem like a nice group of folks.
It is a pleasure to watch as they learn and grow.
They always start with amazement that it takes
so much knowledge to make a photograph.
Shutter speeds, F/ stops, Depth of Field, ......
all the essentials that they must learn.
"WOW, I did not know it took that much".

The camera companies want you to think that
anyone can take a great photo.
That sells cameras.
But you need to have a little knowledge.
No matter how good the programming in the camera
it still does not think for you.
There is no way that it can know what
 you are trying to do, show, or express.
OK, enough rant....

The photo: Frozen Fog
sometimes called Hoar Frost.
Along with a mild dusting of snow.
Lends a new look to the barn at the Ogle cabin.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Monday, February 2, 2009

Waiting For The Message

A seldom seen church.
Back off the  road,
up on a hill, surrounded by trees,
not seen by the casual tourist who
roars past at 10 mph over the limit.

Is it still used? I do not know.
It has been restored, but used??

I wonder what happened to the people
who once sat here waiting for the message.
Waiting to have the God of their understandings
reinforced and explained by the pastor.