Winslett Gathering

Have you ever been disappointed when your flash drive becomes cantankerous and refuses to play nicely with a laptop computer belonging to someone else. Well, that happened to me yesterday. I had sixteen photographs that I wanted to share with some colleagues. To remedy that problem, I’m sharing a video here on this blog of those sixteen images.

If you click on the bottom right of the slide show, you will see a full screen view.

If you’re not fond of slide shows, then I’m giving you another option – a mosaic tile version. Click on a particular photograph to view a larger version.

If you are contemplating participating in a photography workshop, may I suggest that you consider a workshop led by Larry Winslett. He is very knowledgeable and willing to share same with all participants. He is, also, very patience.

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Dinner at Sea on the Makani Catamaran

Makani Catarmaran tied to the dock. On our second evening on O’ahu, our party had dinner on the Makani and had a lovely cruise on the sea off Honolulu and Waikiki. Although the meal itself was not memorable, and the sea was a bit choppy, we had a very enjoyable time sailing. As one can image, choppy seas are not conducive to shooting photographs. None-the-less, I snapped the shutter a little under three hundred time during our evening. Needless to say, many were soft and needed to be “deep-sixed.”

Besides other vessels (canoes, sailboats, fishing boats, tug boats, and cargo ships, we saw beautiful landscapes and whales. The whales were in the distance and did not take direction well (grin). Here is some of what I saw through my lens that evening.

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Waikiki Beach

The Island of O’ahu is home of Honolulu and Waikiki, both bustling thriving metropolises, the later full of tourists. One afternoon (2/8/2017) we went for a long walk along the two mile Waikiki Beach to simply explore the area and see its charm.

Here is a collage of some of the things we saw on our walk along the Waikiki Beach.

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Base Trail to Amicalola Falls

A view of Amicalola Falls

For the past twenty years, at the end of February and early March, I anticipate with great joy the abundance of wild flowers waking up and beautifying the trail from the base up to the falls … This morning, I excitedly made the trip to the park, but my joy quickly turned to great sadness. As soon as I left my car, and looked toward the falls, I knew everything had changed.

Image showing heavy pruning along the trail at the base of the falls.Chain saws had invaded the space and cut down just about every tree and vine within fifteen or twenty feet from the trail. Brush had been left behind as the workers trod over the terrain. The sides of the trail that should have been coming alive with beautiful flowers were barren of nearly all foliage. I found only a few Toad-shade Trillium that had previously covered the hillsides. I found two little leaves of the trout lily. None of my treasured wildflowers were to be found—no blood root, great chickweed, Dutchman’s breeches, rue anemone, Jack-in-the Pulpit, Virginia bluebells, creeping phlox, violets, or cut-leaved toothwort. I weep as I sort to understand the devastation.

Hopefully, Mother Nature, will help bring the delicate flowers back, but their shade canopy is gone, and it may take several years.  As a tribute to what once was, I’m posting some images from my archives files.

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Historic Grist Mill | Mingus Mill

A view of the Mingus Mill and the millrace.

The Mingus Grist Mill, built in 1886, is located in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park just north of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. The historic mill uses a millrace for the water-powered turbine that powers all of the machinery in the building. Still operational, the mill grinds corn into cornmeal mid-March through mid-November for visitors.

These images were taken in October when I had the pleasure of joining other photographers in a workshop on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

 

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Kayaks in the Tallulah River Gorge

Yesterday I learned that, typically, the water flow in Tallulah Gorge from the dam supply Georgia Power’s Hydro plant is 35-40 cubic feet per second. However during whitewater releases (as was the case yesterday), the water flow is 500 cubic feet per second. During the kayaks racing (November 6th, 2016) our vantage point was about 2000 feet above the river at observation post 1. None-the-less, I got a couple of fair shots of the race with my Nikon camera sporting a 16-300 Tamron Lens

A lot of smoke in the area due to the six forest fires burning in and around Franklin, North Carolina, created an additional challenge. Praying that the fire teams are able to contain and extinguish the fires soon.

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Burt’s Pumpkin Patch

Fall is a fantastic time of year when we can enjoy the magnificent colors of autumn. Gorgeous shades of orange, yellow, blue, green, and cream may be seen in the vast array of pumpkins at Burt’s Pumpkin Patch on Georgia Highway 52 in Dawson County just west of Amicalola Falls State Park. I had an opportunity to photograph there with my wonderful friend, June, a couple of weeks ago.

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