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I'm going to try firing up the blog again for 2016, especially the nature/landscape side of things. It is in desperate need of a redesign so I will be working on that while shooting for KSTV. Unfortunately the slideshows on older posts have been disabled by flickr. You can find all of my work in my gallery.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Glorious Greeting



I have captured some of my best sunrises and sunsets here in central Kentucky during the winter months. November seems to be particularly beautiful. If the gorgeous colors we have had the past couple of days are any indication, this November will not be an exception. I saw the sky after the kids left for school and had to grab my camera. My neighbors must think I am crazy out there shooting away in my jammies. =)
 

Next time a sunrise steals your breath or a meadow of flowers leave you speechless, remain that way. Say nothing, and listen as heaven whispers, "Do you like it? I did it just for you."
- Max Lucado

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Kentucky Splendor

I mentioned I went back to the Valley View Ferry to try and recapture what I missed with the forgotten memory card. Here is a shot I was able to get this time around:


This fiery red caught my eye driving past Central Baptist Hospital. It is on the edge of their parking lot. I believe it is UK housing. Just goes to show you can find beauty anywhere.


I used to work as a counselor at a summer camp when I was in college. Camp Woodmen is just before the river so I stopped by on my way to the ferry. This is the view from the driveway looking back toward the river.


Kentucky farms have some of the most beautiful entrances with their stately gates and tree-lined drives. This one is particularly gorgeous in the Fall.
 

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Autumn Glory



 



Looks like I did a terrible job of resizing and sharpening these for the web. I'll get the hang of this new format eventually. =)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Peaceful, Easy Feeling

With temperatures in the 60's, clear blue skies and Fall color everywhere you turned, I had to get out and do a little shooting. We stopped in at The Lexington Cemetery first. Apparently every photographer in the county had the same idea. =) It was packed with people shooting and just enjoying the gorgeous weather. My favorite tree at the foot of Henry Clay was just beginning to turn, but this one was hard to miss with that fiery color:


I'll share more from there this week, but next we headed  back to the Valley View Ferry. I managed to get the shots I had wanted when I forgot my memory card and got the added bonus of seeing the hillside all dressed up for Fall.


After spending some time with a few friendly ducks and one wayward rooster, we reluctantly headed for home. On the way back, we couldn't resist a few stops. We met this beautiful Kentucky native:


And this driveway took our breath away. It was stunning. I wish I could have waited around for the sun to get lower in the sky. I bet it just glowed.



I couldn't have asked for a better day spent appreciating the natural beauty around me and hanging out with the little ones.

"The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature."  ~Anne Frank

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

My Old Kentucky Home

I feel so blessed to live in Kentucky where I can take a short drive and see beautiful scenes like this one.




"The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears. ~Arabian Proverb"

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

In Search of Color

It was so beautiful here in central Kentucky today. A little sunshine brought temperatures in the 60's. I decided to go in search of a little Fall color. The leaves weren't quite there yet, but I managed to find a few patches of color.

 

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Kings' Gardens

We finally had a break in the weather so I took my youngest out to King's Gardens to see the giant pumpkin. They had such a variety of gourds, squash and pumpkins. I loved all of the colors and textures. We also ended up buying a bunch of plants thanks to their clearance section. I can't wait to see my new rhododendron and hydrangea bushes in the spring.



 

 



 

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Curious Sightings Along Interstate 75

On our trip to Knoxville to celebrate a friend's birthday, we noticed some curious road signs along Interstate 75.



Apparently Christmas is so big in the South that you can get that Christmas spirit all year long at places like the Christmas Inn and numerous Outlet Malls along the way.

 
I have no idea what this dragon is helping to sell, but he caught the attention of the kids. Nothing says patriotism like a giant dragon.



One stop shopping here. What's not to love about a place where you can pick up some pottery and get a little propane while you're at it!



Fireworks and fudge. A natural combination.  And don't forget to check out the World's Longest Truck while you're there. =)

And my personal favorite:


 Adult World! Don't know what exactly goes on at adult world, but it sure looks like a really classy place. =)

And immediately following Adult World to keep things balanced out:


Monday, October 12, 2009

Kentucky Backroads

I have been in such a photography slump lately. I just can't get motivated to go out and shoot. I'm hoping the fall colors will help me get my mojo back. I am so picky about my photos. I take hundreds and only share a handful. Here are a couple that didn't make the cut from last Fall for various reasons. I thought I would play with them and add a touch of Ren's "Glow" for a slight Orton feel. These were taken out near Military Pike I believe.




Friday, October 9, 2009

Photoshop Friday


I haven't done a Photoshop Friday post in forever and what better time than with all of the fun Halloween costumes around? Here is a composite photo of my nephew. Isn't he the cutest little lion ever? =)


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

New Look

I am working on installing a new blog template. Please be patient if links and items are not working properly. Hopefully I will have it all up and running smoothly soon. I am really excited about the new layout. Not only will links be featured across the top, but the extra space will allow for larger photos! =)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Valley View Ferry

After a week of sickness and being cooped up inside, yesterday seemed like the perfect day to go for a country drive to check on the Fall color. I thought I would take the kids down by the Kentucky River and make a stop at the Valley View Ferry.


After the long and winding drive and a short stop at the summer camp I used to work at in college, we arrived at the river's edge. I started snapping some shots and it was gorgeous. The sun was shining and the sky was a perfect blue with low, puffy white clouds. Some of the trees showed a hint of red. I noticed a red flashing icon in the corner of my camera. I had never seen it before and ignored it and kept right on shooting away. I was feeling it, too. I knew the shots were going to come out great. Until... I decided to check my histogram to make sure I wasn't blowing out the sky and was upset to find that I had left my memory card at home in my card reader. I just recently started using a card reader and that is a mistake I won't be making again!

Luckily my 8 year old daughter brought her $40 point and shoot with her and was able to capture a couple of images of the ferry. I converted them for her and added a touch of "Glow". I am bummed about not getting my shots, but we had a beautiful drive and nice time watching the ferry taking its passengers back and forth across the river.


Here is some information about the historic Valley View Ferry.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Nearly Full Moon =)



“May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night and a smooth road all the way to your door.”
~Irish blessing

Saw this tonight and had to run out and grab a quick shot. Hand-held with my 50-200mm lens and 2x teleconverter. I believe my settings were probably ISO 400, f 5.6, 1/250.

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