Photographing Around Town

Photographing Around Town

Many times I am itching to travel to take pictures.  However, sometimes I just need to stay close to home.  Whether I am traveling or near home, I feel the strong need to photograph every weekend.

A couple of weekends ago, my friend, Lorraine, and I decided to see where our cameras would take us in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Our first stop was

Fascinated by Feathers

Fascinated by Feathers

“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.”
― Emily Dickinson

 

Since I first started photographing, I have had a fascination with feathers.  Some of my all-time favorite images are those of birds or of close up images of their feathers.

Rooster’s Rainbow, an image I

Unexpected Beauty

Unexpected Beauty

“I rather think the world is like sand. The fundamental nature of sand is very difficult to grasp when you think of it in its stationary state. Sand not only flows, but this very flow is the sand.”
― Kōbō Abe, The Woman in the Dunes

I have made four trips to Charleston, South Carolina, in the past month and a half to photograph.  Due to the unusually early spring-like weather in February, followed by the freezing temperatures, I have found that what I went to photograph was often not what I was able to photograph.  Frequently, my best images are created when 

Aiken Trials 2017

Aiken Trials 2017

“There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose.”
― Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain

This weekend my camera and I went on a new adventure.  Thanks to great friends and fellow photographers, I had my first experience at the Aiken Trials, located in Aiken, South Carolina.  You can read all about the Aiken Trials and get information about the history of this great event here.

I arrived in Aiken, SC, when the gates of the event opened.  I watched as an empty field around the track

A Magical Snow

A Magical Snow

“When snow melts, what does it become?’
It becomes water, of course’
Wrong! It becomes spring!”
― Natsuki Takaya

This is the last week of winter.  I was really disappointed that I did not get the opportunity to photograph a pretty snow event this winter.  Before Sunday, we only had one winter weather event, earlier this season.  It was not pretty precipitation.  It kept me indoors for awhile, but did not amount to any great photography.

Sunday my area received a magical snow.  I call it magical

Gibbs Garden in Spring

Gibbs Garden in Spring

“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
“Winter is dead.”
― A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young

Spring is an amazing time for photographers.  There are beautiful changes everywhere just waiting to be captured.  There are places that are high on my list to photograph each spring.  One of these places is Gibbs Garden.  In the spring, there are more than twenty million daffodils blooming in the garden.  Two years ago, I took in this magnificent sight for the first time.  Last spring, although I visited the garden in the spring, I missed the peak of the daffodils and just caught the tail end of the bloom.

The garden was scheduled to open

Welcome Spring

Welcome Spring

“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”

― Mark Twain

Earlier this month, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter weather.  Apparently, the Carolinas