Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Greylag Geese & Great News

At the Lexington Research Park on Saturday, I discovered a rather large gaggle of Greylag Geese. At least I think that is what they are after some research. The research park is a large building that houses research facilities for the University of Kentucky and there is a small lake housed right behind the building. I saw my first Belted Kingfisher fly way way off in the distance to a tree just as walked up to the edge of the lake. There were other birds that flew off as I approached. And then I spotted these geese, who in turned spotted me, and they hightailed it for the lake which was alright with me. If you are not familiar, these are domestic geese and could be hybrids.

Now on to some news...drum roll please. I have a new website being created which will be live in the next few weeks!!!! Envision visiting my website to view my photos in a gallery, buy prints, read about my workshops and more. And best of all I will still have my blog that you can follow through an RSS feed! You didn't think I would leave you guys behind did you. Never. Your encouragement inspires me every day. And wait until you hear about the workshops I am putting together. I have some great ideas that I am working on for a photography workshop in the Bluegrass 'Horse Farm' Region and around the bourbon distilleries. I pray you will follow me to my website when I make this move. I promise you will be the first to hear when it goes live. In the meantime I could use your thoughts pro or con about this adventure I am embarking on. So please leave me a note. ENJOY!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Great Blue Heron #2

As promised earlier on in a post, here's another view of the Great Blue Heron from the Lexington Reservoir.

He is a looker, don't you agree. Hope you had a great weekend. ENJOY!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Great Blue Heron, Lexington Reservoir

It was drastically overcast today, but I still wanted to scout a new location near Maine Chance Farm close to Lexington where apparently a good deal of waterfowl are often visible. However, the roads to the lake were gated which means I need to know someone who knows someone to get into this area. I will investigate and report back. I did photograph a Belted Kingfisher, a 'life list' bird for me at a small lake at Kentucky Research Park just down the road. Sadly, the photo wasn't decent enough to post. I did manage to capture some Geese in the same lake that I will post soon. I need to confirm their identification first.

One more location in mind, I drove over to Lexington Reservoir to check out the waterfowl. With no birds in close proximity for a decent image, I decided to head home. Before I turned around, I happened to catch the form of a Great Blue Heron through some brush. Perched on the edge of a boat on a small dock, he was intently scanning the lake for a catch. I parked the car and walked over to take a few photographs. I managed to get quite a few poses as the Heron kept moving from one position to the next. It's amazing how one move can change how a Heron looks. They are such gorgeous birds that I absolutely love photographing. I promise to post a few more images of him this week. Look at the detail of his feathers, not to mention of his legs. Is he not beautiful. Thank you for posing Mr. Heron. ENJOY!

PHOTOGRAPHER'S NOTE: Check back later this week as I hope to have some fantastic news to share with you.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Through the Woods

As I embarked upon a drive, while in the Great Smoky Mountains recently, I knew I would encounter scenes.
Scenes such as this, where the forest meets the floor, and the winding road through the woods,
gave way to the beauty of Fall. Along such a drive one finds oneself feeling small.
Small in a world filled with only the woods, the wind, the light. ENJOY!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Fall's Forest

A glimpse back as I peered through my lens at Fall's beautiful forest saturated in hues of yellow. 
The best part of capturing an image surely is the 'looking back'. 
For once you have captured an image, it is no longer present. It is past.
Looking back then becomes the necessity of enjoying its beauty. ENJOY!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

'Tis the Season

Holidays are known for many things, the least of which is all of the decor and finery displayed throughout the season. The traditional Christmas decor would not be complete without a beautiful tree to adorn a room. As I made my way out of Gatlinburg in October, passing through Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, I made a stop at The Christmas Place. The Christmas Place is the largest Christmas decor shop in the eastern United States.

At least a dozen trees or more were decorated in various themes displayed throughout the store. Tuscan, Christmas Carol, white and blue, and well, you name it they had a tree for it. But the traditional red and green and gold Christmas tree always pulls me in. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving for those of you in the States. I have a tad bit more decorating for the holiday to do and then I will be done. Have a wonderful weekend all. ENJOY!

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Hurst Falls, Cove Springs Park

Cove Springs Park is a small park situated just north of Frankfort, Kentucky, and one of the few waterfalls found in northern Kentucky to my knowledge. Along with the park's forested areas, there is a signiciant wetland area and a waterfall, Hurst Falls. The waterfall was named after the Hursts who originally owned the land and wanted it preserved. Recently, I went on a scouting expedition to locate the park and the waterfall.

When I pulled into the parking lot, next to the entrance to the park, and looked up I found Hurst Falls flowing ever so gently over the cliff and down onto the rocky hillside. It wasn't gushing as I had seen in photos on the internet, but no doubt after a significant rain event, it would be. I love how the water streams down the rocks in tiny riplets on either side of the main flow. This was a test shot I captured just to get a handle on what the waterfall would look like. I decided to share it with you as it was a fairly decent image. Hopefully when I return to the park, the falls will be flowing much heavier. Don't you love it when you find a new location to photograph and it's practically right outside your back door meaning a quick drive and you're there. It not only makes me happy, but even happier when it involves a waterfall because you know how much I love to photograph water. ENJOY!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Meaningful Thanksgiving

In the year 1621, in the Plymouth Colony in America, the first Thanksgiving harvest feast was celebrated with 53 colonists and 90 Wampanoags. Governor Bradford sent four men to hunt birds and the Wampanoag hunted five deer to create the harvest feast. The colonists served swan, goose, duck, venison, shellfish, lobster and pumpkin. These festivities provided the foundation for our nation's Thanksgiving gatherings that take place to this day.

On April 1, 1864 a Proclamation of Thanksgiving was ordered by President Lincoln giving us this national holiday. As far back as 1861 government departments were ordered to close for a local day of thanksgiving, and in New England and other states, a Thanksgiving holiday was scheduled at different times. The proclamation was born out of a document penned by Secretary of State William Seward, making the last Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving and praise. The proclamation took place in Spring of 1864 while the Civil War came to a close in Spring of 1865. Is it any wonder that our national statesmen felt the need to declare a national day of Thanksgiving and praise in such tumultuous times.

The Pilgrims gave thanks to God and celebrated His bounty,
in the Harvest Home tradition with feasting and sport (recreation). 
To these people of strong Christian faith,
this was not merely a revel; it was also a joyous outpouring of gratitude.

Our holiday today was born out of two national traditions. The first being the New England custom of rejoicing after a successful harvest, based on ancient English harvest festivals. The second being the Puritan Thanksgiving, a solemn religious observance combining prayer and feasting. I am thankful for the Pilgrims in the Plymouth Colony who brought us the first feast. And thankful for the New England people, and the Puritans, whose customs brought about this modern Thanksgiving Day. No matter who you break bread with on this Thanksgiving Day, I hope you can spend some time reflecting on what the holiday means to you. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. ENJOY!