Palm Tree, South Carolina

This Sabal Palmetto, or cabbage palm, is native to southeastern United States. The contrasting textures of the trunk of the tree, the wooden fence, and the green grasses and trees in the background caught my eye. I set up my tripod right in front of the palmetto to make this symmetrical shot. In post-processing, I used topaz-adjust to emphasize the texture of the tree while … [Read more...]

Plantation Homes

Boone Hall Plantation, Charleston, South Carolina

One of the products the slaves produced at Boone Hall Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina, was bricks. The Colonial-Revival plantation house, which was built in the early 20th century to replace the original wooden home, was built using bricks from the plantation. The plantation house is quite a contrast to the nine original slave cabins built in 1790. There … [Read more...]

Under the Canopy

Live Oak Trees, South Carolina

One of the things I was really looking forward to doing in southern USA was visiting a plantation. Maybe it's because of my favourite novel "The Book of Negros" by Lawrence Hill. If you're looking for a good novel I highly recommend it. It's about a girl who is kidnapped in Africa, made to walk across the continent in a coffle (a chain of slaves), barely survives the belly of … [Read more...]

A Welcome Return to the Coast

Folly Beach Pier, Charleston, South Carolina

There’s nothing like the ocean. When I’m away I miss it. Up in the mountains the air seems thin. I yearn for the moist salty air, the taste of the salt on my lips on a windy day, and the texture of my handful of sand. Have you ever noticed that the texture of the sand is different on every beach? I like the sound of the waves; sometimes crashing big slow waves, … [Read more...]

Falling Water Cascade, Virginia

Fallingwater Cascades, Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia

It was so windy in Shenandoah National Park during our visit that I didn't get many fall colour photos there. But we continued on down the Blue Ridge Parkway which runs around 450 miles through the mountains along the Appalachian Trail. This is a waterfall that is not in the National Park, but it was one of the prettiest spots I found along the Parkway. While not readily … [Read more...]

New Hampshire Dawn

White Mountains, New Hampshire

This photo is all about the will to get up early - a will I admit to having rarely! I am always happy once I am out there and see the opportunity that is before me, but it doesn't make it any easier to get out of bed early the next time. I made this photo before sunrise right in our campsite in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Please click the image to view a larger … [Read more...]

Jordan Creek, Acadia National Park

Jordan Creek, Acadia National Park, Maine

I was hoping to capture some of the changing colours of fall leaves while in Acadia National Park in Maine. However I was a bit too early for the colours and the wind kept me from photographing much foliage at all. So I leave you today with two more images from Jordan Creek. Please click the images to view larger versions. Next week I will have some fall colours from New … [Read more...]

Comparing Two Black and White Conversion Methods

Otter Cliffs, Acadia National Park, Maine

I made this image at Otter Cliffs in Acadia National Park in Maine. Otter Cliffs #1 (Please click the image to view a larger version.) The result is ok, but it didn't knock my socks off or anything. I decided to try converting it to black and white to see what the result would be. Otter Cliffs #2 This version was converted in lightroom - a simple conversion using … [Read more...]