December 7, 2016

Photo of the Week - Elkmont Troll Bridge

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

I have visited the park many times over the years, but I had never explored the abandoned Elkmont area. That omission was remedied during my late October trip. Among the many historical treasures is this charming little bridge. It has been commonly referred to as a troll bridge, but I think it would be quite suitable for a hobbit on an adventure. Now that I know where it is located, I’d love to go back and photograph it during the spring season.

P.S. I’m happy to report that the Noah “Bud” Ogle cabin featured in my photo last week survived the fire. I saw pictures on Facebook that showed charred trees nearby, but the cabin and its little outbuilding looked just fine!

November 30, 2016

Photo of the Week - Noah "Bud" Ogle Cabin in Spring

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

It was bittersweet to visit this cabin and photograph it with Pris, my sister-in-law, this past April. My husband and I visited had a memorable photo shoot here not long after we met. That was way back in the ancient film days, many decades ago. Per a Facebook post, this cabin may be gone as a result of devastating wildfires in the Smokies and the Gatlinburg area. So far, I haven’t been able to confirm its status from a news source.

The impacts on historical structures and park acreage are very sad. But the impacts on human lives are even more so. Heartbreaking stories are now unfolding. Lives, homes, businesses, and jobs have been lost. Please pray for the people of east Tennessee and help if you so feel inclined.

November 16, 2016

Photo of the Week - Moon Reflection

How you view the world is a reflection of you…

(Captured with Fuji X-T2, 100-400mm lens. Playfully edited with a few apps on my iPad.)

November 9, 2016

Photo of the Week - Mountain Water Beauty

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

Can you stand looking at another autumn stream shot from the Smokies? I didn’t take many photos on my recent trip due to a deteriorating and painful right knee. However, I got out in the field a couple of times to test out my new Fuji X-T2. Here is a fine example of the camera's quality. Sweet!  

After working with the X-T1 for the past year and a half, it was a breeze to transition to the new model and start shooting right away. I am completely sold on the Fuji mirrorless cameras and lenses!  The X-T2 will now serve as my primary camera, and the X-T1 will be used as a backup.