Blog Archive – General Photography

Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence Day

I was searching for a poem or an inspirational quote for the 4th of July post and came across this poem by Johnny Cash.  The footnote said it was the only poem he every wrote and was never intended to be a song.  He apparently recited it at his 4th of July concerts in...

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Fiesta San Antonio – King Williams Fair

Fiesta San Antonio – King Williams Fair

One of the biggest annual events in San Antonio is the celebration of Fiesta.  The history of the celebration dates back to 1890’s when the first parade was held to honor the heroes of the Alamo and Battle of San Jacinto with a Battle of Flowers. Today it’s the...

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Next Stop is Mainz

Next Stop is Mainz

After leaving Rudesheim we traveled to Mainz.  Some of the passengers were hoping to dock early enough to visit the Johannes Gutenberg museum, and a few did pay the admission when it was only 45 minutes until closing.  But I chose to wander the markets and get a few...

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Waterfalls Along Hwy 221

Waterfalls Along Hwy 221

LAST POST OF NORTH CAROLINA and the BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY After reaching Grandfather Mountain, I returned to Blowing Rock on the lower road the runs parallel to the Blue Ridge Parkway, but well below it on the ridge.  This road is much less traveled but has its own...

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Customizing My New Sony A7

Well I upgraded my Sony mirrorless cameras from the NEX models to the new Alpha 7 (A7).  It arrived yesterday.  So I’ve spent the last couple of evenings deciding on how I want to set some of the custom buttons to accommodate the way I shoot. Having had an NEX5N and...

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White Against the Wind

White Against the Wind

With the right background and the sun shining through the tips, even the silvery-white feather tips of theses plants have a natural...

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Shades of Purple

Shades of Purple

I was practicing with my long lens and well….  I didn’t get the aperture set right for the focal length.  So even though I was on the tripod, I didn’t get the right depth of field on most of the images I took.  Only a few of the dozens I took were...

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Yellow Beauties

Yellow Beauties

The orchid house had so many beautiful flowers.  I only wish more of my images would have been...

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Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain

Along the Blue Ridge Parkway just outside the town of Linville you will find Grandfather Mountain.  The attraction is worth the stop if the weather is clear and not too windy.  As you drive along the small curvy road heading to the top, you can stop at a few places...

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Orchid House

Orchid House

While in Hickory NC, I drove south to the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens.  They have a beautiful orchid house on the...

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