The Beauty and Mystery of The Smoky MountainsRead More
Hi folks, hope everyone is doing well. This is the first image of a series I'm working on. Everyone of us enjoys the benefits of the beautiful American Farmland, and guess what, even countries around the world enjoy the blessings that come from the hard work of millions of people around this nation. The American Farmland is beautiful and very often can be nostalgic and melancholic.
It evokes feelings, it evokes history, it evokes integrity and character. I am naming this first part of the series THE SOUTHERN FARMLAND because it focuses on this part of the nation's geography.
My intention is convey the feeling that our fields communicate. The soft light pre sunrise sings to everyone. It brings a new beginning every day, it carries hope, it makes us realize that we are still alive. Millions of people around the nation head off to work the land. The sounds of animals mixed with sound of tractors and machinery remind everyone that the land does not wait, "all hands needed on deck"...
The day goes by, whether the skin is tanned by the hot sun or burnt by the freezing snow the effort to fulfill the mission of the day must go on and no one stops. Clothes stained by the dry sweat show the price of commitment. But it doesn't stop there, deep down in the heart of everyone, as the sun makes its way to the horizon to hide behind it for a few hours, a feeling of "well done, mission accomplish" invades every one. Mission accomplished in spite of personal issues. Yes, people out there also have hearts and families. Just like many, and even in the midst of life's personal crisis, which often times can be very cruel, life does not stop.
Sunset also seems to bring thoughts into our hearts. Life went on.. life will continue to go on.. keep pushing.. keep doing what is right.. hope and light will come tomorrow again..
I have found while visiting the Southern Farmland that there are so many good people out there. People who live according to principles. People who are very grateful to God for their families, the land and His many blessings.
I am very impressed by what I have discovered "out there" and also feel very grateful with God for those people who every day work the Farmland with much effort
I made this photograph in Tennessee during my last trip there in 2015. This was a beautiful sunset which seems to say "photograph me!" as I drove by it, so I did.
So here's the poetry of light as it kisses the Southern Farmland
The beautiful and moody Smoky Mountains. I made this image back toward the end of the summer last year. A very moody morning. Gray skies and soft wind blowing. I'd say no more than 5 to 6 miles per hour. In many ways the Smoky Mountains bring back many childhood memories.
Whenever I get a chance to be in the mountains, It is a treat for me to just sit somewhere and enjoy the view and the wind. I remember when I was a young boy my father would take the entire family to a place near where we lived in the city of Tegucigalpa called "El Hatillo". Oh it was such a beautiful experience. It was a grand mountain facing the capital city, almost untouched by men in many respects. It was always cold there no matter the time of year. Often when we were there, I would get up early and go outside. My favorite thing was to wrap myself in a thick blanket and sit in the driveway while i observed the fog go by and hear the soft whispers of the wind caressing the peaks of the mountains and the trees in the forest right in front of our house. I could sit there for hours. It was absolutely quiet, no engine sounds or noisy environment, it was just the mountain, the wind and the fog.. You could close your eyes and let the cool morning and the wind greet you while your eyes indulged in absorbing the soft movements of the forest caused by the wind. What a gift from God!
The Smokies is that place for me now that I live in the US, it displays such beauty in all of its breathtaking scenes.
This image is from a place near Morton's Overlook. The morning I made this image it had just rained lightly and the fog went by fast. I did get a window of opportunity before stronger winds came and it became impossible to capture anything sharply. Moody morning with soft light and soft colors.
Hope everyone is doing great and enjoying the weekend. As always, thank you for stopping by and viewing my images.
Here's #3 Slideshow put together with my son David.
Here's a second slideshow David my son and I just finished. The name of the song is "First Flight"
Hope you really enjoy both the photos and my son's music