I decided to take a break from photography basics today. I’m hoping I’ll be back next Friday with a post to wrap up my exposure series, but it just wasn’t happening this week. To make a long story short, I was involved in a car accident earlier this week. I don’t know when I’ll have a vehicle again, so right now I don’t have a good way to get out and take photos. Luckily I have plenty of archived photos that I can share with you in the meantime.
My husband’s grandparents fell in love with Orcas Island back in the 90s (how weird is that to say–back in the 90s. It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago to me; I guess my age is showing.) and his grandmother still lives there today. We go to visit her as often as we can and it’s just an amazing place–there’s great food, friendly people, and the scenery and wildlife are perfect for photographers.
I found all these photos of deer when I was going through my archives trying to find something for today, and I thought it would be fun just to feature them since there are so many.
I hope you enjoy the photos! I’ll be back next week with more. Have a great weekend.
Rather than take the time to write an actual post today, I thought I’d go back over some of the highlights of the last month and just share lots of photos with you. July was a great month for pictures!
July was also a great month for blogging. My traffic is increasing and I’ve been getting more attention on social media as well. Yay!
July 2nd–I spotted this little guy along the river trail at Ijams.
Fourth of July fireworks in downtown Knoxville.
Brownie fudge ripple from Cruze Farm Dairy.
This sunflower was shot at an aperture of F 1.8, the widest I can produce at the moment. The image in the foreground is fairly sharp and the soft background makes it stand out even more.
This one was taken in manual, just a few seconds after the auto picture. It is a bit darker, but I feel like the colors are much richer.
A goldfinch? I’m not sure.
Another test shot
This is the full version of the flower from today’s header. I thought a little editing might be fun for a change.
Gay Street after dark. I love the lights and theater signs (and the ice cream shop down the road).
A deliberate camera shake can add some interesting effects to a long exposure shot.
I was trying really hard to get a shot of the bees in the air, but it just wasn’t happening that day.
Surely it’s too early for pumpkins?! I do love that bright color against all the green, though.
Taken from the same spot as above, but with the 50mm lens
Knoxville taken from Sharp’s Ridge. It’s a shame about the power lines because this is a magnificent view.
French macarons from Honey Bee Bakery in Knoxville
I noticed this fungus when I stopped to take a little break on the walk back. I had to do some editing to get the exposure just right, but I think it looks good.
Decommissioned railroad tracks that run through Ijams. This photo is slightly underexposed, but I left it as-is because I love the dark, mysterious look.
This formation was well lit already, but shooting with a low ISO was still too dark. Flash helped to brighten things up a bit more and it doesn’t look too washed out.
So tell me, which one is your favorite? Leave a comment below or talk to me on Facebook. I’d love to hear from you!
Visiting Cades Cove is like stepping back in time. The structures in the valley date back to the 19th century, and the mountain scenery makes it feel like today’s fast-paced world is hundreds of years away.
My husband and I decided to make the trek from Knoxville after some friends suggested it might be a good place to see bears. We weren’t lucky enough to see any of the bears that make their home in the area, but we did enjoy exploring the old cabins and churches, and the loop road itself is an easy drive one-way around the valley. Admission is free, although there are several donation boxes and a gift shop. There is only one stop that has a public restroom.
We didn’t stop at every marker along the loop, but I did take photos of a few of the remaining buildings and some of the scenery. There were a lot of tourists, though, so it was hard to get pictures that don’t have people in them. I plan to go back sometime in the fall when the leaves are changing and kids are in school, probably on a weekday, and try again.
We were also lucky to see some wildlife, even if none of the bears in the area put in an appearance. According to a park ranger, there are two mother bears with two cubs each that have been spotted frequently around Cades Cove this season. We did see several deer, a wild turkey, many other birds, fish, and snakes. Most of our sightings were from the car and I was driving, so photos were out.
The exception was when I almost wandered into a nest of snakes along the banks of a creek. Trust me, this photo was taken from a distance. There are only two species of venomous snakes in this part of the country–copperheads and rattlesnakes–and though these (probably rat snakes) don’t fall into that category, it’s still not wise to approach wild animals.
Also, there were at least four of them in that place. I took one picture and got out of their territory; I didn’t realize until later that I didn’t get all of the snakes in the shot, but that’s okay by me!
Looking back, I wish I had focused more on the scenery and less on the structures. I also wish I had brought my tripod and focused more on getting clear shots and less on what the people around me are doing. I’ll be sure to keep all of that that in mind for my next visit. And fingers crossed, we’ll see some bears!
As always, I hope you enjoyed the pictures. Please be sure to like and share this with your friends!