Rannoch Moor Blur

Rannoch Moor :: Glencoe, Scotland

While in Scotland in September I visited Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands. I had been there once before but it was during my earlier photography days and all I had was my old Canon Snappy point-and-shoot film camera. I had my new, beloved Nikon with me this time, and a tripod, and a polarizing filter…and a bit more skill and experience =) It was nice to get out for a day and just think about photography.

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Storm Clouds to the West

Stormy June

June 29, 2013 Nature, Sky, Weather 0 Comments

We’ve had a stormy June here in the Atlanta area. There have been a lot of great clouds and stormy skies. This shot is from a couple of evenings ago when storms passed to the east and to the west but never quite made it to where I am. I love the summer time pattern of late afternoon and early evening thunderstorms. I love the way the sky darkens and everything seems to calm down before the rain moves in. To me it is so peaceful. It’s not so peaceful when the storms come with hail and high winds and knock down a bunch of trees on your street (like we had a couple of weeks ago…power was out for just over a day). But still…it’s my favorite part of summer.

Baby Opossum

Cute as a Button!

May 8, 2013 Animals, Nature 0 Comments

I found this little guy wandering around in my parents’ garden the other day. He was about the size of a guinea pig. I’m not sure what he was doing out during the day without his mom. You mostly see opossums at dusk or later. He was bit surprised by my presence and then quickly didn’t seem too happy about the camera that was pointed at him. Hopefully he managed to arrive at his destination unharmed.

Purple Hyacinth at Window

Spring Is On Its Way

February 4, 2013 Botanical, Gardening, Nature 0 Comments

It’s early February and I can see spring coming around the corner. Some of my crocuses have already already flowered (the yellow ones – they’re always first), the daffodils are out, some tulips are already starting to pop through the ground and my hiacynth is almost done flowering. This is the first year that I’ve had an early-season hiacynth growing in the house and I really like it. It smells good =) I can’t wait to take my other bulbs back outside when it starts to warm up. Maybe with a little luck I’ll get my calla lilies to flower this year!

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Snowy Night

Merry Christmas!

We don’t get much snow in Atlanta, so this is a picture from almost two years ago.  We got quite a bit (several inches and some ice, which brought Atlanta to a screeching halt) of snow in January 2011. I was actually off work for an entire week. It was lovely.

No sign of snow so far this year and the long-term forecast calls for a milder than normal winter, so I might not be seeing snow any time too soon. This snowy scene will just have to tide me over until the next snowfall.

 

Happy Fall!

November 5, 2012 Botanical, Nature 0 Comments

The leaves are close to peak color here in the Atlanta area, but the colors haven’t been quite as vibrant as they have been some other years. The house that I’m living in is on about an acre of land and there are a lot of trees here.  Great for providing shade when it’s hot and taking pictures in the fall, not so great for the large volume of acorns that I have to remove from my drive way every year!  Thankfully the acorns took a break this year.  But wow, the last two years…I’ve never seen so many acorns! Anyway, here are a few fall photos from around my yard in 2010 and 2011.

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Gorgeous Sunset

October 16, 2012 Nature, Sky, Weather 0 Comments

Just a few photos from a gorgeous sunset last week.  I noticed a warm orange glow in my parents’ backyard one evening (the house faces west).  I went out front and was greeted with this scene…

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I Guess I’m Done Growing Peppers for the Year

I’ve been growing green peppers since early in the summer but I think nature has decided for me that I’m done for the year. Over the past several months my pepper plant (while living in a large container on my driveway) has been visited by my friendly back yard deer a few times and had quite a few of its leaves nipped off. A few days ago I was getting into the car when I noticed that my pepper plant was…a bit sparse-looking. I immediately assumed that my deer had visited, but when I looked more closely I noticed that the leaves didn’t appear to have been nipped off. And then I saw the green guy above (pretty tight crop).

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Lake Lanier & Bridge

Lake Lanier

July 30, 2012 Landscape, Nature, Sky 0 Comments

I stopped by Lake Lanier this past Saturday, just for fun, and took a few shots with my polarizing filter on my camera. I don’t know why I always forget to use it. After seeing what a difference it made with the blue sky and the puffy clouds, though, I don’t think I’ll forget it again. It didn’t hurt that the water was such a pleasant shade of green contrasted against the muddy orange-ish/brown-ish shoreline.

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Gibbs Gardens Japanese Garden

Gibbs Gardens :: Ball Ground, GA

I visited Gibbs Gardens up in Ball Ground, GA last week. The gardens have been under planning and development for about 30 years and just opened to the public this past March. Hands down my favorite part was the Japanese garden.  I loved all of the little Buddha statues and pagodas. The purple irises really stood out against the various shades of green. When I got home and looked at the pictures that I had taken I realized just how carefully planned all of the textures, colors and sizes were. The attention to detail throughout the gardens is impressive, to say the least.

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Pink Asiatic Lily Flower

First Asiatic Lily Flower!

It got cold enough a few nights ago for a Frost Warning to be issued so I brought a lot of my plants into the kitchen for the night. The next day, as if on cue – like it had been waiting for the cold weather to pass, my very first Asiatic Lilly flower opened. I’m excited about this because my Calla Lillies didn’t flower last year (I’ve read that it can take a couple of years for calla bulbs to produce flowers, so it might not have been my fault), but it’s nice to see evidence that I’m not a useless gardener!

Moon in the Early Evening Sky

Moon in the Early Evening Sky

April 8, 2012 Nature, Sky 0 Comments

I don’t have a lens that is good for shooting pictures of the moon so I do the best that I can. There were some storm clouds rumbling past to the east one evening last week and the sky just looked so cool. This was the best that I could do with the equipment that I have – at least the moon is exposed correctly!