Photography 101: Moment

This moment will never pass again, these small water droplets will be in this place and time only for this instant. The photo on the left shot with a medium f-stop & shutter speed, the right a larger f-stop & faster shutter speed.

Dunn’s Falls Water Park, Mississippi

Sunday Stills, the next challenge: Abandoned

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Abandoned buildings at Natchez State Park, Mississippi


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Travel Theme: Rivers

Mississippi River, Vicksburg, Mississippi



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A Word A Week Challenge: Square

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Photo taken at Natchez State Park, Mississippi

The Earth’s Hair

Willow Trees: The Earth’s Flowing Hair


Fall Creek Falls Park, Pendleton Indiana

Spanish Moss: The Earth’s Hair on a bad day, and much like my own hair.

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Natchez National Historic Park, Natchez Mississippi

For the Love of Geography: Fresh water ecosystems

Fresh water ecosystems are not forests but contain various forms of plants, shrubs and trees that thrive in a watery home.  Included in these ecosystems are marshlands, swamps, wetlands.

Tidal Salt Marsh: Grays Beach, Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts


Forested Swamp: Cypress Swamp, Natchez Trace Parkway, Mississippi


Fen: Mounds State Park, Indiana


Freshwater Marsh: Everglades National Park, Florida


Travel Theme: Roads

The “You want me to go where road!”

As my family and I were driving through The Valley of the Gods in southern Utah we approached a mesa, a vertical wall of rock several thousand feet in height. I stated “Ashley, I think this road is going to end but the map shows it going through.” We got closer and then in a panicked tone I exclaimed “I think were supposed to drive up the side of that mesa!” Now my fear of heights is only second to my fear of spiders. Luckily my daughter was driving because I would have turned back. This photograph was taken at 1100 ft. I got out of the car shaking; my daughter too was unnerved by the windy drive with its hairpin turns on a single land gravel road. We still laugh as we talk about this scary journey up the side of a mesa.


The Scenic Road

This scenic road in Brown County State Park (Indiana) is a favorite getaway spot as 1000s of visitor come to view the beautiful fall foliage.


The road goes on forever

It may seem like forever as you drive through Death Valley. What seems close is just an illusion and as you think you are getting close to your destination you are actually still very far away.


The long and winding road

This winding gravel road was taken as I drove the back country of Parke County, Indiana in search of an elusive waterfall…and yes I found it, Groundhog falls.


An Ancient Road

The Sunken Trace is a remnant of the ancient Natchez Trace Parkway where in the early 1800s people walked 500 miles enduring hardships and even deadly conditions in order to find for themselves a better life.


Mountain Roads

This photograph was taken from a rest area along Utah’s scenic route I-70. Many highways were carved from mountain rock to make westward travel more efficient.



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