Tag Archives: photography

Urban sketching in Gatlinburg

My first trips to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, were when I was young. My parents would take our family to the mountains for camping and hiking.  Eventually we would end up visiting Gatlinburg and stroll down the main drag of Gatlinburg, inhaling the fudge fumes and eventually succumbing to a purchase or a free sample. Sometimes we […]

Purple Gallinule at Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Quest for the purple gallinule

  Seeing the purple gallinule has been a quest of mine for some time. If you’ve not seen a gallinule, they are quite a visual treat.  With their bright purple-blue, green-turquoise feathers they don’t seem real. They have bright red and yellow beaks with a turquoise head marking. Only once had I seen and photographed […]

Smoky the cat at Phillmore's

Woodworking stores & projects

Woodworking stores provided a creative break for me during a recent road trip to visit relatives. Walking through woodworking stores always gives me ideas for projects and usually includes purchasing a special piece of wood or a tool I need. Rockler – The surprise was finding a Rockler store in Sharonville, OH — one of the […]

La Boqueria in Barcelona

La Boqueria is an interesting market in Barcelona.  With a range of fruits, vegetables, meats, sweets, spices, olives and people, I could spend a day wandering through it and just looking and taking photographs. On this particular visit, we were on a mission to purchase cheese, bread, grapes and other interesting items for celebrating New […]

Poinsettia Festival

Every year around Christmas time,  the University of Florida Environmental Horticultural Club hosts a “Poinsettia Festival.”  It’s always interesting to see the new leaf shapes, colors and designs of poinsettias that have been grafted.  I believe I overheard someone say orange is the newest color. Here’s a short video from today’s visit.

The Changed Nashville

In May 2017 I was in Nashville, Tennessee, city of country music, to attend the Four Voices Concert. I  stayed downtown to be able to walk to the Ryman Auditorium for the concert at night.  During the day I looked forward to sauntering into some nearby musical instrument stores. But I was in for a […]

The Mediterranean Sea from Barcelona’s Shoreline

The Mediterranean Sea was the first sea I knew about as a child. A picture of the soothing blue Mediterranean Sea was in the front pages of the Bible my grandparents gave me for my 5th birthday.  There were no pictures of the Atlantic Ocean, the Great Lakes or the St. Lawrence Seaway  — bodies of […]

La Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona

Of Inspiration there is no shortage in Barcelona.  As you may have read in previous posts. We spent 2 1/2 hours in the Sagrada Familia cathedral one Monday while in Barcelona.  We listened to the audio tape as we toured inside the cathedral.  It explained a lot — the giant pillars in the cathedral designed […]

Beautiful Barcelona

I enjoy traveling and exploring.   I long admired my father and mother for figuring out the logistics of getting the family of five to explore and travel (relatively peacefully) across Canada and the United States for many summers as we children were growing up. We packed economically into a station wagon and a tent trailer […]

Osprey Fishing: Bentfeather

If you have ever witnessed the beauty of an osprey fishing, then you will know it is an amazing moment when the osprey emerges from the water with a fish. The osprey circle above water looking into the depths for a fish. Once they see a fish, they dive into the water to grasp it with […]

Snowy Egret

Beautiful birds at low tide

Low tide provided a real gathering of birds. First a Reddish Egret captured a shrimp for supper. Second an Ibis flew by. They have curved orange beaks for routing in the bottom of the lake for their supper. Third, a Spoonbill (my favorite) awoke and started thinking about supper. Spoonbills have beautiful pink feathers. Their […]

Sunset on Cliff Tops

Smokies hiking provides connection with Nature

Hiking in the Smokies is a great way to connect with Nature. And it’s important to connect with Nature every so often. Nature calms and heals the stressed soul.  A good 4 mile hike will remind you it’s important to stay in shape. A stunning view can take your breath away and remind you how important […]