Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Writing / Photography Retreat


Living in Florida, I never have a shortage of photographic subjects. Palm trees, birds, sunrises, and sunsets make each day interesting. The Florida sky alone can occupy my interest full time.


Occasionally, however, I long for new scenery. In August, I rented a house for a month of photographic bliss in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Full of anticipation, I packed my cat and all my camera equipment and headed for the hills (literally).


The house was on the side of Black Mountain. I loved my perch up high in the sky once I got used to the driveway - it was a straight shot to heaven. I had little trouble with it after I learned to hold the steering wheel steady and floor the gas until I reached the house. I also learned that if you brake quickly enough, rarely will you hit the back porch.


Out in the woods and on my own, my schedule was simple... I'd choose a destination the night before. Then, I'd head out before dawn to catch the variations of the changing light. I'd shoot for a couple of hours then return to the house to spend most of the afternoon working my way through the 200 to 300 photos I shot in the morning.


For a photographer, there isn't a better vaccation than that.... See more pictures of Black Mountain in the gallery

10 comments:

Pearl said...

Lou; Just wanted to say that I love the photo of the railroad track. Somehow I don't really focus on the tracks but the illuminating lighting that captures nature at it's breath taking moment of dawn, when dew still lingers and the fog looks like the breath of God and angels. Nice work. Pearl Ollie

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