I was recently there for the first time. What a wonderful place! I had a very clear idea of how I wanted to photograph it. Whether it was a good idea or not is debatable.
A few recent ones.
1 Yucca flowers.
3 Vigas and walls. It's a southwestern thing.
In the late 1890's and early 1900's, the Southern Appalachians were considered to be the most dangerous part of our country.....more so than the wild west at its peak. Murders, barn burnings, kidnappings, were fairly common. Traditional law enforcement was absent as agents were literally afraid to venture into those mountains. The mountain folks had their own sense of justice and they fiercely resisted any intrusions from the " outside world ". Illicit booze was a staple of the region and the folks there fought tooth and nail with each other and anyone else who dared to intrude into their lives.
Not long ago, I was in Bakersville, N.C., on a mission to visit some of the more notorious sites where confrontations between various elements overflowed into virtually open warfare. While there, I was directed to a nearby burg that is the site of the only remaining water-driven grist mill in North Carolina. The Dellinger Grist Mill. This mill has been in operation for well over 150 years. The current owner and operator is Jack Dellinger. He's 86 years old now and represents the third generation of his family who founded the place. Man, I hit the gold mine with Jack. His knowledge of the history of the region is second to none.
To my great surprise, though, was the thrill of discovering Jack's other life endeavor.....he was a personal pick by Dr. Wernher von Braun to be on the very first team assembled to lead America into space. Jack spent over 40 years as one of Nasa's most influential computer wizards. One of the things that Jack is most proud of is his development of the software and mechanisms necessary to steer the mighty Saturn 5 rockets that carried our guys to the moon. I'm still stunned to have run across such an accomplished figure in our space exploration program that is as happy as a bug in a rug to operate this mill in the middle of the backwoods. I could talk to this guy for weeks.
But here's his mill....
This iron water wheel was made in 1859, shipped to a railhead about 40 miles from the mill, broken up into eight pieces of 500 lbs. each, then drug to the mill site by mules pulling sleds up and down mountain trails. It was assembled again on site and been in use since then.
Here's Jack. My wife on the left, a good friend on the right, and the amazing man himself in the middle.
Shots inside tulips and daffodils.
5Dmk2/MPE-65/430Ex flash. Focus stacks using zerene.
I decided that just shooting Graffiti all over the world was getting a bit boring. I travel globally for work and find nice spots.
However, it got to be more fun and interesting with people, just normal people, posing for me. So I decided to ask people to help me out. Here are three that I really liked. (lost more on my smug site or IG)
Sorry I'm a couple days late! So many excellent images! Here are the results.
@grandmaR I like your monkey with the pink vagina shot, but the turtle also came out very well too.
@slpollett Kudos on getting so many deer lined up for your deer image!
@lkbart , your wild turkey tapping on your dirty window is priceless! Did you invite him in to dinner? Lol!
@bfluegie , I like your 2nd crane picture the best of all your images.
@DavidRGillespie , your loons are beautiful. I like the low angle the camera seems to have had. Kudos!
Honorable mentions (in random order):
@sarasphotos ,you caught great lighting on your swan, but there are some technical issues that keep me from placing the image as an HM. However, your frog is spot on!
@sapphire73 I liked your little Pika picture, but this black and white elephant screams quality at me.Kudos!
@pegelli , outstanding shot of the Puffins!
@Jørgen_Bjerring I absolutely love all your images, but the Osprey with the fish is over the top! Kudos on a great capture!
@CHANDLERJA great gator shots! The 3rd one is my favorite!
@Cavalier great set of images, but your racoons steal the best of your set! Kudos!
@jwear this is an absolutely beautiful image! Stunning!
@puzzledpaul all your images are stunning! It was hard to choose which one stood out to me more than the others. So, I chose this one because of the story it tells. The confident male goose is strutting his stuff for the ladies. Lol! The lighting on this image and your first image is awesome. Congratulations on your win! Your turn to set up the next challenge.