Smokestacks

smokestaks along the Cumberland River

Smokestacks

In the summer of 2006, almost all of my family met in Nashville to embark on a several day trip on a river barge with RiverBarge Excursion Line.  It was fun, relaxing, and scenic.  Along the banks of the Cumberland River, these smokestacks at the Cumberland Power Plant shot above the treeline and begged to be photographed.  Built in 1970, and standing 1,001 feet tall, these are some of the tallest chimneys in the world.

Llama

llama at wildlife drivethru

Llama

Another entertaining character from our trip though the Virginia Safari Park, this llama was happy to put his head into the car and try to steal our buckets of food.  He was just one of the amazing animals we were lucky enough to see and feed on our windows-down drive through this 180-acre park.  The setting is really beautiful, and I suppose these exotic animals have it pretty nice living in this guaranteed food, open range environment in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia.

Daffoldil

orange and white daffodil spring flower

Daffodil

I am loving this Spring and all of the lively colors it has brought.  Having spent much of my life in places that either don’t really have Spring, or where Spring lasts only a day or two, I find Springtime in Virginia to be so nice and long.  It seems that every day another beautiful color shows itself.  I’m loving it!

 

Easter

pine tree in the snow with the sun behind

Easter

Hallelujah!  He is risen!

“And everything that’s new has bravely surfaced
Teaching us to breathe
What was frozen through is newly purposed
Turning all things green
So it is with You
And how You make me new
With every season’s change
And so it will be
As You are re-creating me
Summer, autumn, winter, spring” 

– Song lyrics from Nicole Nordeman’s song, Every Season

Sunlit Storm

Sunlit Storm

As if on cue, on the first day of Spring, we had our big Spring storm… complete with dark skies, thunder and lightening, wind, intermittent downpours, and even a rainbow.  The duel between the sun and the clouds made for some beautiful scenery, and I managed to capture this beautiful flowering tree in full bloom against the threatening sky and a very carefully placed rainbow.

Mississippi Magnolia

Mississippi Magnolia

The state flower of Mississippi since 1952, the magnolia is one of the most beautiful flowers you will ever see.  The blooms are large and fragrant, and may be white, pink, purple, green or yellow.  The magnolia tree is evergreen with large, simple waxy leaves that are a deep green on top, and brownish red underneath.  The beautiful magnolia will forever remind me of the beautiful and friendly people of Mississippi.

Milk

Milk

Over the weekend, I attended an amazing “photo shooting playground” where various stations were set up for experimentation.  The milk drip station was a favorite.  This was shot at an ISO of 100, aperture of 22, and a 1/2 second shutter speed.  By hitting the shutter just as the drip was released from about a foot above, this was the result.  So much fun! (and lots to learn!)