Saturday, April 30, 2016

Vintage Barn

As I searched fervently on a winding country road for the rumored yellow Canola fields blooming just north of Nashville, I happened to pass this vintage and pretty dilapidated barn sitting near the edge of the road. As I stopped and turned around, knowing I had taken a wrong turn to find the Canola fields, I stopped a good distance from the old barn to capture several images.

It couldn't have been a more perfect day to stop and snap a few images of a vintage barn out in the middle of the countryside. I love the tan grasses in the field and the gorgeous blue sky with the white fluffy clouds. It's the perfect contrast. I like the way the old vintage conveyor was still perched up against the loft almost as though it had just been used. I don't think I have ever seen an old conveyor still in place. I wonder why the farmer didn't take it down. This area of northern Tennessee is filled with flat farm land and so beautiful. There's nothing like vintage America to make you appreciate times gone by.

It's a rainy, rainy weekend here which meant a postponed photography workshop. Aside from the last two weekends, every weekend for months past have been rainy here in middle Tennessee. This Spring has been exceptionally wet which has kept me from scheduling any other workshops and no meetup group outings. I hope May proves to be a dryer month so I can get outdoors a tad more. Enjoy your weekend all! Back soon. ENJOY!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Yellow Canola Fields

After learning about a farm in northern Tennessee, not far outside of Nashville, with blooming Canolas, I had to take a drive this weekend in hopes of finding it. After a good deal of turning down this road, turning around and backtracking and then turning down that road, eventually I found the farm. Sure enough, there were several fields on both sides of a country road in full bloom with yellow Canola flowers for as far as the eye could see. It was a beautiful sight, not to mention a definite pick me up, what with the bright yellow blooms.

I read online that canola is not only an edible oil for consumption by both humans and animals, but it is considered to be one of the healthiest plant derived oils. As I was snapping photos one of the farmers stopped and mentioned that the Canola fields aren't planted every year. I hope your week has been a good one. The weekend is upon us and I will be conducting my second photography workshop. I will teaching Bird Photography and fortunately, for this workshop I don't have to travel. There's a ton of bird photography hot spots right out my back door all up and down Old Hickory Lake. Wish me luck! ENJOY!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Southern Roots Exhibit

One of the many 'goings on' offered at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens throughout the year are exhibitions featuring various artists using different mediums such as wood, glass, bronze and steel. Throughout the Summer months this year you can view several works of art on exhibit throughout the botanical gardens by the world renowned sculptor, Steve Tobin. His Southern Roots exhibition features several large sculptures from his 'Steelroots' series. The large white sculpture in the background of this first image towers 15 feet tall and weighs some 7000 pounds. It is my favorite outdoor sculpture in this series. The fact that it is situated right in the center of my favorite garden at Cheekwood, the Robert Ellis Color Garden, doesn't hurt either.

During my visit, as I wondered throughout the grounds capturing images of the beautiful Tulip displays, I would turn occasionally and notice this sculpture looming in the distance. Before I left the gardens I stopped to capture this second image as I stood on the outskirts of the color garden. The flower gardens in full bloom is exhibit enough for me, especially the Tulip Display, but having these gorgeous sculptures on display makes for a much more interesting visit. I hope your week is off to a good start. I will be back soon. By the by, I had another post up today, but deleted it. It just wasn't cutting it for me. And I am a woman after all which means I can change my mind. ENJOY!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Photographing a Landscape

Photographing a landscape image, and especially one in portrait can be difficult. At Cheekwood Botanical Gardens, in south Nashville, as I walked among the gardens filled with lush, beautiful Tulips in reds and oranges and yellows, I came upon this scene. My eye ran from one array of Tulips to the next moving slowing up the hill and finally my eye went up to the gorgeous Fir trees in the distance. Do you suppose the landscape designers and the gardeners who labored as they planted each bulb, knew this is exactly what they had hoped one would do? What a visionary if that was the case. My work was already done in capturing this perspective. All I need do was choose just where to position my lens to capture the essence of this scene. Just as I snapped the image, I realized too that the sun had gone behind a cloud. I was glad, because if I had taken the image with the sun shining, there may have been hot spots obscuring the beautiful Tulips. I hope I did the landscape designers justice with this capture.

I posted this image on a smaller scale. If you can't see it in its entirely on your viewing frame, click on the image and it will go to fill frame. I hope you are enjoying the weekend and your weather is as wonderful as mine is right now. As I am writing this post a Purple Finch landed on my patio, sat for a mere few seconds, and then, just as quickly as he came, he flew away. I so love Spring. Back soon. ENJOY!

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Pink and Yellow Tulips

I close the week with this image from in front of the Botanical Hall at Cheekwood taken some weeks ago on my early Spring visit. Everyone have a wonderful weekend! Nashville will have more blue skies, lots of sunshine and moderate temperatures with no humidity. We couldn't ask for better weather. ENJOY!

Note: My sister, Linda, is back home in Louisville finally after a two week stay in the hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. It will be a long, long recovery for her. My prayers continue to go out to her.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Bird Behavior

This was the perfect weekend to visit Murfree Spring Wetlands. Blue skies, bright sunshine, no humidity. I usually walk along the boardwalk shifting from one side of the walkway to the other while scouring the swamp for any sign of movement.

What I wasn't expecting was to find a Yellow Crowned Night Heron fishing in the middle of the swamp in the back of the wetland. He was very intent on the task at hand and didn't mind one bit that I stood on the boardwalk and took photos. He would stand straight up, then lean over. Then he would lift up one foot and take a step. Then he would lift up another and drop it. Then ..... pounce!

He was in and out of the water so fast, I couldn't even get a decent image. Yet, there he was hanging on to a crayfish.

Gotta get this crayfish in just the right position so he can swallow it, no doubt whole.

After several catches, the Heron decides its high time for a preening session which included some 'under the hood' work. Amazing. If I didn't know better I would swear he was trying to play hike and seek with me. Hope you had a great weekend. ENJOY!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Come Summer

Come Summer there will be days upon days filled with bright blue skies and sunshine aplenty.
Come Summer there will be fields strewn with daisies and bushes laden with red and pink roses.
Come Summer there will be bees a buzzing and butterflies a flitting and birds a chirping in the breeze.
Come Summer there will be bicycle rides and dips in the lake and dusty baseball games day into night.
Come Summer there will be long Sunday afternoons whilst family and friends gather to picnic.
Come Summer there will be glasses of sweet tea, backyard barbecues and thick slices of apple pie.
Come Summer there will be red, white and blue and stars spangled nights and firecrackers popping.
Come Summer there will be. Come Summer.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Spring Mating

Standing a good distance away from the Heron Rookery yesterday, I couldn't quite make out a bird sitting on a nest high up in the tree. My binoculars were on the fritz which didn't help either. I did see several Great Blue Herons in various nests. And to my surprise, I saw one pair of Great White Egrets. I had only seen one or two Egrets so far this year and very intermittently. Now I know why. They have been busy breeding and now obviously were in the middle of a remodeling project.

When I finally dropped these images into my software, I discovered the illusive bird or birds, in this case, were a pair of Black Crowned Night Herons sitting on the nest. I wasn't sure where this species normally built their nests. I also wasn't sure if they nested near Great Blue Herons or Great White Egrets. Mystery solved. I believe this pair of smaller Herons set up shop in the past week as there was no evidence of them on my last visit. There also weren't any Egrets present. Busy rookery to say the least. Mating, breeding, nest building. Amazing.

It was simply a gorgeous day today, albeit the temps were in the high 70's, Thankfully, the humidity hasn't found its way to Tennessee as yet. A nice breeze was blowing. The sky was blue with the occasional white fluffy cloud. Great weather and beautiful birds busy with the task at hand. I can only hope when a few of these fledglings are ready to leave the nest, I can capture a few images. In the meantime, I hope you have a wonderful weekend. We have two full days of sunshine and warm temperatures ahead. Finally, a weekend with absolutely no rain. Miracles never cease. ENJOY!