Archive for October, 2010

My World: Deer at Noon

October 12, 2010

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We often see deer on the golf course behind our house in the late afternoon, but on Sunday we saw a mother and three fawns out at noon, which is very unusual.
Both Betsy and I went out to the deck to take some pictures.  Mama Deer kept an eye on us, as you can see from the picture above.

The two largest fawns were enjoying the grass not too far away.


The smallest fawn stayed close to Mama.  All we could see of it here was its legs and ears.


All three fawns decided they needed some liquid refreshment after their grass lunch.  Mama doesn’t look too thrilled at the prospect.


I got a final family portrait before all of the deer disappeared between two houses further up the course.

Scenic Sunday #117: Paradise Point

October 10, 2010

The harbor at Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, from Paradise Point. September 10, 2001.

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When we took our Caribbean cruise, we had a port of call at Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands.  While there we took a tram up to Paradise Point above the town.

Paradise Point has an observation deck and walking paths that give wonderful views of the harbor and out to sea.  This picture was taken looking down on the cruise ship dock.  Our ship is the one on the extreme right.

Skywatch Friday: Autumn Skies

October 8, 2010

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Tuesday, while getting the pictures I used in yesterday’s post, I also experimented with using manual settings on the camera to get pictures of the white clouds in our beautiful blue sky.

We need rain, so I would have been delighted to see some dark rain clouds up there in the sky.  But since we had a bright beautiful day, I was happy with the way these pictures turned out.

Signs of Autumn

October 7, 2010

 

Dogwood berries, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. October 5, 2010.

 

I’ve been trying to learn more about my camera, and how to use the manual settings rather than using the automatic functions most of the time.  I would like to learn more about photographic techniques, although I’m not sure that it will help me get better pictures.

I did some reading on the relationship between shutter speed and aperture and, since Tuesday was a gorgeous day, went outside to do some experimenting.  I was trying to see if I could find manually settings that would produce a pleasing photo.

I first experimented with trying to capture the berries on the dogwood tree in our front yard.  The results of that experiment is the picture above.

 

Sumac leaves, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. October 5, 2010.

 

I then walked down the street to some sumac trees in the vacant lot below our house.  The leaves of the tree were a beautiful red, and the sun was shining directly on them.  Those conditions resulted in this picture.

Watery Wednesday #108: Lake Canterbury

October 6, 2010

Lake Canterbury, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. October 18, 2009.

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Fairfield Glade has even more lakes (all man-made) than golf courses.  We’re just starting to get touches of autumn color this year.  This picture of Lake Canterbury was taken last year.

My World: High School Football

October 5, 2010

Waiting for the team to take the field, Bearden High School, Knoxville, Tennessee. September 30, 2010.

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This past Thursday Betsy and I drove to Knoxville to see a high school football game.  Actually we went to see the band which was performing at the game, since Betsy’s grandson, Landon, is a member of the band.

This game was somewhat unique for me since I got to sit and watch the entire game.  Now don’t get me wrong — I’ve been to many high school football games.  But both of my children were in the marching band at their school, so much of my time at games was spent in Band Parents’ concession stands.

Half-time show, Bearden High School, Knoxville, Tennessee. September 30, 2010.

Since Landon is in the band, we have many more pictures of the band than we do of the football team.  The above picture shows much of the band during their half-time show.

Landon, September 30, 2010.

The handsome young man on the left is Landon.  He’s a percussionist and, as a freshman, is not marching this year, although he expects to next year.

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As many of you know, I have been using a geotagger with my camera to record our location when we take pictures.  Using the information on the above pictures I found this picture of the stadium on Google Earth.  We were in the nose-bleed section of the stands near the press box.

Scenic Sunday # 116: Golden Sunrise

October 3, 2010

Sunrise at Ormond Beach, Florida. August 5, 2009.

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We celebrated Betsy’s birthday last year by going to Ormond Beach, Florida.  We had a room that overlooked the ocean and got up early on the day of Betsy’s birthday to see the sunrise.  The sea was calm, and just before the sun popped out of the clouds offshore, the water took on a golden sheen.

All in all it was a great start to a special day for my special girl.

Skywatch Friday: Cumberland Gap Skies

October 1, 2010

The sky and mountains from the Visitor Center, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. September 23, 2010.

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Last week Betsy and I spent a very beautiful  day at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.  It was a perfect autumn day — bright sunshine, blue skies and cool temperatures.

The picture above was taken from the parking lot of the Visitor Center shortly after we arrived.

Brush Mountain Sky, Hensley Settlement. September 23, 2010.

The first thing we did at the park was take a tour of the Hensley Settlement on top of Brush Mountain.  If anything the sky appeared to be even bluer.  There was a hint of color in the trees at the edge of the fields.

The evening sky from Pinnacle Overlook, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. September 23, 2010.

After dinner we drove up to the Pinnacle Overlook hoping to catch the sunset, but the sun was behind the mountains by the time we got to the overlook.  But the color of the sky was gorgeous.  I captured this picture of the sky and the reflection in Fern Lake far below.