I have been watching this cornfield grow with interest, waiting for it to mature and the right day to shoot its image. And, hoping it would not be cut before I got the shot. Yesterday was the day and I took several photos of it. Today I printed 5-8x10 prints that will be available for sale as a matted print ready for framing for $25 each. In the near future I will be printing larger photos of this same field. Please, contact me if you are interested in purchasing any of my photos. These are printed on Epson Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster.
Jean and I took a walk along the Tallulah River again this morning. Along the way I came up with the idea of doing some photography workshops next year, 2014. This would be a great place to do so. Anyone interested in kicking the idea around and getting a preview, shooting photos out there, please, let me know. We can take a walk along the river and take a few photos for the fun of it. No charge. I am just testing the waters and like to take pictures for now.
During the off trillium season, the time that rarely do you find anything that looks like a trillium, Jean and I go hiking. Last night we went to the Great Smoky Mountains in Western North Carolina. We drove to the Smokemont Campground and walked out the Smokemont Loop Trail to the Chasteen Creek Trail. The waterfall shown here was our destination. We just made it before dark and walked most of the way back in twilight and finally by flashlight.
Here is a sunflower I found along the road to Clingmans Dome last week. I don't know which variety it is so I will just call it Clingmans Sunflower for fun. Friday night we went up again and climbed the trail to the tower on Clingmans Dome. All along the trail were Clingmans Sunflowers with just the center part. A very few had yellow leaves. As the days pass this week I expect the yellow petals will sprout and make a photographers field of dreams come true. All the month of August these should be in full bloom if the history of years past holds true.
Here is a pretty flower you can find along the Clingman's Dome Road and on the trail up to Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is also blooming on in other parts of the park and along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. Now is the time to look for it. You may have to slow down on the highway because it blends into the forest edge pretty well. Even so, there are clusters of this amazing wildflower that make for a colorful scene, especially when it is mixed with yellow sunflowers in places like the Clingmans Dome Trail.