Toward Saint Mary’s Cathedral

After exploring Kilkenny Castle in the morning, we spent the afternoon walking about the town, mainly along High St.  We turned west onto Jame’s St. and found the bright afternoon sun directly ahead of us, casting Joan and Tori into backlit silhouettes as we strolled toward Saint Mary’s Cathedral.  The picture is nice in color as originally shot, but has a more dramatic feel in black and white.

April 3, 2017
Kilkenny, Ireland
Nikon D90

Irish green under gray

Our family trip to Ireland and Scotland was a lot of fun and a wonderful time.  After two days of adventures in Dublin we drove to Kilkenny to enjoy the town and castle for two days.  On our drive back to Dublin, we took back roads and on N81 came upon River Liffey.  The clouds and their reflection on the water were gray, the grass on the hillside was lush, and where sunlight shone through it lit up the green hillside beautifully.

April 4, 2017
River Liffey, just north of Poulaphouca, Ireland
Nikon CoolPix P330

Morning over Hessel Marina boat launch

Morning over Hessel Marina boat launch

Very few boats at the Marina this time of year.  As I walked by the boat launch I noticed how the morning sun was directly aligned above the walkout and both could be centered in the composition between the sides of the launch.

October 25, 2016          Hessel, MI          Nikon D90

On an afternoon walk

On an afternoon walk

Driving back to the house along M134 I came upon the John Arthur Woollam Preserve.  I never realized it was there.  I pulled in and parked, studied the map of the Preserve and its walking trails that lead to Lake Huron, and decided to do some exploring.  I had the entire place to myself.  With the October afternoon sun lower in the sky, it glistened between the trees, through the leaves, and the shadows were longer.  And it was very quiet.  Walking the trail toward the lake, I enjoyed the blue sky and fall clouds that appeared through a clearing of trees that made a nice frame with the trail leading off into the trees further ahead.

October 9, 2015          East of Cedarville, MI          Nikon D90

Saint Vital Bay (2)

Saint Vital Bay (2)

A new favorite spot up north along the Lake Huron shoreline.  Secluded and quiet.  This sapling pine tree growing in the beach sand, eventually to do its part to extend the pine forest closer to the water’s edge.  For now, basking in the fall sun to store strength ahead of the pending winter.

October 9, 2015          Upper Peninsula, MI          Nikon D90

As the fog thins (2)

As the fog thins (2)

When we first got to this opening in Cades Cove, the fog was thick and we could barely see even an trace of the trees at the other end.  But seemingly in the next few minutes the fog began to thin out.  Gradually, the subtle colors, pastels, of the morning began to appear.  This picture captured the essence of what I saw and felt as the scene unfolded, the fog receding.  Not a necessarily “popular” image on the mainstream photo sites, but it’s one of my favorites.  Which, really, is what is more important to me.

April 26, 2015.  Cades Cove, Smokie Mountains National Park, TN     Nikon D90

As the fog thins (1)

As the fog thins (1)

When we first got to this opening in Cades Cove, the fog was thick and we could barely see even a trace of the trees at the other end.  But seemingly in the next few minutes the fog began to thin.  Gradually, the subtle colors, pastels, of the morning began to appear.  This picture captured the essence of what I saw and felt as the scene unfolded, the fog receding.  Not a necessarily “popular” image on the mainstream photo sites, but it’s one of my favorites.  Which, really, is what is more important to me.

April 26, 2015.  Cades Cove, Smokie Mountains National Park, TN     Nikon D90

Meigs Falls through the trees

Meigs Falls through the trees

A small and tranquil waterfall that’s a popular attraction seen from the Little River Road.  Coming from deeper back in the woods, the Meigs Creek cascades down the Meigs Falls and meanders toward us to join the Little River.  I used the trees and brush to frame the Falls and Creek.

April 26, 2015.     The Sinks, Smokie Mountains National Park, TN     Nikon D90

Red wagon

Red wagon

There are two rustic buildings on the south stretch of the Cades Cove Loop: a house nearer to the road and a barn to the north or the house, both across the road from the Tipton Place.  The barn is a treasure of photo opps (for me anyway) and one of my favorites was this red wagon parked decades ago under the protection of the barn. Capturing the shaded tones within the barn from my vantage out in the afternoon sun was a challenge but I think I caught them in this shot.  Memorabilia from a simpler, albeit more challenging, lifestyle.

April 25, 2015.  Cades Cove, Smokie Mountains National Park, TN     Nikon D90

 

John Cable Mill

John Cable Mill

At the far west end of the Cades Cove Loop is the John Cable Mill, on the same grounds as the Becky Cable House, the Cades Cove Visitor Center, and the barn I liked so much for two barn shots below.  The Mill seems the epitomy of rustic; very old wood grayed from decades of weather, an old walkway to the water wheel, rock foundation visible next to the wheel.  Not that I’m an expert on rustic architecture… it just looks darn old and I could have spent several more hours there finding interesting areas on and around the Mill to shoot.

April 25, 2015.  Cades Cove, Smokie Mountains National Park, TN     Nikon D90