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Friday, September 11, 2009

Lake Effect Fog at Sunset

These were taken with a Canon 5d Mk II and Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS. I think. It is approaching evening near Wilbur Dam in Elizabethton, TN:

1. Looking across the lake, the fog is about 4' - 10' deep on the water.

2. Orange sunlight filters through the trees, revealed by the fog.

3. A fisherman is silhouetted against the orange-lit fog. I would have given this guy a buck to close his mouth.

4. Another fisherman prepares to cast.

5. Fog was washing over the dam in huge waves, driven by the breezes that were blowing down the lake.

6. A lone fly fisherman stands below the dam in a foggy valley

7. A sepia version of the scene

8. The TVA fencing took on a ghostly appearance in the limited visibility

9. Some geese swim away from me, seeking the safety of the lake.



12. An older gent gets a bite on his line and works to reel it in

13. Silhouette at sunset

14. Just more scenery

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My photos, in a Google Gadget

Did you know: You can get my photos in a Google Gadget, for enjoyment on your iGoogle page, blog, or anywhere else you can put a widget. I cooked this up quite a while ago, but never got around to promoting it.

In any case, follow one of the links below to go to the page for that Gadget. Click "Add it Now", and it will appear on your iGoogle page.

The photo updates every ten minutes, so it's always fresh!

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Monday, August 17, 2009

the timber rattler I saw yesterday

1. I submit for your consideration one timber rattler, approximate age 14 years old, who was cooperative enough to let me take these photos of it.

2. A good set of rattles... it acquires a new one each time it sheds. They shed every 1-2 years... 1.4 years on average (thus my age estimate).


4. I'm glad it was mellow.


6. The reason I was up there... to see the Pinnacle Mountain Fire Tower



9. There was a combination of two reasons that stopped me from going to the top. First, the stairs were missing. You can see where the stairs should be there is still a handrail, and brackets for the steps. I was game to climb this, and began doing so. That's when the second factor kicked in... a nest full of very energetic hornets was being shaken with each step I took, and they began to swarm. I didn't want to get up there and get attacked while unable to make a quick (and safe) descent, so I decided discretion was the better part of valor.

10. The building at the base of the tower.




14. In addition to venomous snakes, there was an abundant variety of mushrooms in the area.





Thursday, August 13, 2009

Two fishermen in the fog

Some shots from a hike on Buffalo Mountain, Johnson City, TN

1. Leaves along the trail on Buffalo Mountain

2. Sunshine breaks through the canopy

3. Trail to the overlook on Buffalo Mountain

4. Remains from the fire last year.

5. Tangled remains

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Thursday, July 30, 2009


1. A steeple stands in for broken wrought iron.

2. children and adults.

3. A well dressed pole.

4. Tagged.

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Raven hunting at Grandfather Mountain... everything but ravens.

1. Calling down the rain

2. I like roots

3. Turnbuckle Rex

4. Portrait mode, same scene as before

5. Depth of field

6. As close as I got, a silhouette

7. Very zen, placing that rock there

8. Technicolor or greyscale, no in-between

9. My other cooperative bird friend

10. "Dude, quit following me"

11. Futuristic sex robots, always on the scene

12. Different bird. I noticed this guy was watching me.

13. Pretending he wasn't. But he still is.

14. He flew down and posed for me.

15. I liked these weeds, I don't know why.

16. Straight down 100 feet

17. woohoo

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