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Friday, 19 June 2020 20:22

My Country

It is just a shade under thirty-six miles from the highest point on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Richland Balsam Mountain to the end of the Parkway at Oconaluftee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is a route that passes through some of the most wonderful vistas that the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the Balsam Range in particular, have to offer. One of my favorites is the view from Lone Bald Overlook looking southwestward into a fastness of mountains clothed in late-spring green and afternoon light breaking through a mixed layer of clouds riding low in the sky.

A focal length of 35mm, at the far end of wide-angleland, gave me the angle-of-view I wanted. An aperture of f/18 provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 0.3 second at ISO 100 gave me an overall medium exposure. The clouds were so intriguing to me that I felt they merited nearly half of the Image, so I created a 55-45% division, allowing the sunlit foreground treetops to comprise about a third of the Image and almost half of the sub-horizon area.

These old mountains are soothing to the eye and calming to the heart. They are the gift of peace to a planet in turmoil.

Saturday, 13 June 2020 11:10

Slip Sliding Away

The Paria (Pahreah) River is not long; ninety-three miles from the base of the Paunsaugunt Plateau northeast of Tropic, Utah to the Colorado River just a bit south of Lee's Ferry, Arizona. For nearly that entire distance it is cutting through and draining a portion of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, creating some of the most beautiful and amazing canyon country and desert geology in the Southwest. Just above the Arizona State Line, near the location of this Image, the old settlement of Paria sat along the river for forty years. regularly sustaining destructive spring flooding before being abandoned in 1910. Today its ghostly remains are a reminder of the on-going struggle of carving an existence from the desert; a struggle that exists side-by-side with the amazing beauty offered up by the land itself.

The original metadata for this image were 51mm, f/20, 1/13th second at ISO 100; but since I could not physically put myself in the position to achieve the angle of view I wanted, I chose to change the format to 16:9 and to crop out the excess visual information, leaving the diagonally canting rock layers and the slip-sliding lines of the small wash that has over the millennia given rise to their visibility.

If you have not visited the GS-ENM and the other public lands of Southern Utah I urge you to go there, see for yourself, learn the history - cultural and natural of this awesome landscape. Decide if you believe it should be left to the forces of unmitigated development or whether it should be preserved for everyone and for generations yet unborn.


Saturday, 06 June 2020 14:00

Reflecting on Cromwell Brook


Cromwell Brook is a wonderful watershed on Mount Desert Island. It flows south from the edge of downtown Bar Harbor, under the Park Loop Road, along the eastern edge of Great Meadow and Sieur de Monts Spring before slipping into the Tarn. For much of its short run it is a quiet stream, reflecting easily on the birches, aspens, and scrub maples that line its path and collecting their trunks and branches as they return to the earth. The Great Meadow of Acadia is an amazing wetland at the northern base of Cadillac Mountain where intimate landscapes abound.

A focal length of 157mm, toward the far end of short-telephotoland, gave me the narrowed angle-of-view I wanted along with some compressed magnification. An aperture of f/16 provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 0.5 second at ISO 100 gave me an overall slightly darker-than-medium exposure.

If the current pandemic will grant us some relief, I am really looking forward to returning to Acadia in October. The Beauty of the Downeast Autumn and the joy of being in its public lands are never far from my consciousness.

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