Archive for February, 2010

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Mossy Oaks

February 28, 2010

deep in the moss
After a gloomy Saturday morning in St. Simon’s Island, off the Georgia cost, a walk through a mossy oak park located in the center of the Island, turned out to be a nice sunset afternoon. This is definitely one of my favorite places to visit. The Island certainly has lots to offer guest and visitors. A must if you’ve never been.

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A Year Ago: One Foggy Night

February 24, 2010

quiet foggy night
Though I shot this just a year ago, the lights that are so bright are no longer on and haven’t been for some time now. I guess even the city had to cut back on extra cost such as highway lights. After all, they do burn a lot of energy to keep them on every night.
On that late foggy evening I was driving home from my brother’s around ten or so when I noticed the whole town cover with this thick fog. I though to my self, how great of a shot if I was to come back out later after traffic had died down and get some night architectural shots of the bridges and this particular stretch of road with the lights glowing thru the fog. Well around 1 a.m. I grabbed my camera and tripod and had my girl drive me and drop me off. It turned out that I got more than good shots, I had two different Gwinnett officers stop to see what I was doing, naturally I had my I.D. ready. I knew that it was a matter of time before I would bring attention to myself and that this is not typically normal activity specially around bridges at 2 a.m. I showed them my I.D. and the pics and told them my intentions… they were a bit wary still and waited by the side of the highway until I was done and got in my car. What an exciting night! Two days later I had a visit from the GBI at my house, following up the two officers that stopped me for more detail info about my intentions that evening. WOW talk about persistent. Though I was doing nothing wrong and just being artistic, I am glad to know that our good police and GBI officers are on alert for suspicious activities, even little ‘ol me and my camera!

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Day Before Departure

February 21, 2010

What a crazy moment that the day before Shiloh and I were to depart to Las Vegas we got 3-6 inches of snow!! Not only were we worried that the flights would be canceled but also disappointed that the day it snows is the same weekend we were leaving and not really enjoy the snowy weekend. But we got lucky and thanked that we live in Georgia and not D.C. (boy did they get some snow). Sure enough the snow had stopped and it warmed up the next day for the roads to clear and the planes to fly! We got lucky twice! For me I grabbed the camera put on my boots and coat and had a friend dropped me off around the area. I walked back home and got some shots in the process.
in the mist of it
Knowing that the snow wouldn’t last very long once the sun came up, I got up early for a sunrise walk and drive. The roads were a bit slippery but not bad enough to stop me from exploring the area for some morning snow shots.
sun rise next day
I really wanted this shot to be a “during” and after shot. I just can’t sleep-in knowing that there’s shots to be taken before its to late and melt away. The next day was very peaceful and quiet. Yes there was people out trying to drive out in the icy roads but It was still nice to be out early without cars roaring by. I can only imagine to be out in the wild with only the sounds of nature waking up.
down & out
After a walk, I got in the car and drove around for a few more shots. I went to a park not far from the house and on the way I saw that the street sign of Old Norcross Rd and Simpson Circle was knocked over. Wow I bet that did some damage.

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Valley of Fire, Nevada

February 21, 2010

The first trip of the year was spent in Las Vegas to enjoy a bit of our favorite Sin City. After enjoying some gaming on the “Strip” it was time for Shiloh and I to take a little road trip to The Valley of Fire. What an amazing place to visit. The landscape is immensely colorful with wonder and awe. So far with visits to Zion National Park in Utah, The Grand Canyon in Arizona, and the latest trip to Valley of Fire in Nevada, I have found that the great western states have so much to offer for landscape fanatics. I feel that a day is simply not enough time to soak in all the beauty. That is why I want to one day make a western road trip for a least a month.

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no one for miles
For more images from the Valley of Fire please visit my Flickr site or click on the pics above.