Mountain Crafts

Closed until March….open only on Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM…..if I had to stand out in the weather all day to sell my photographs, I would also be closed until March. Do not allow the exterior to fool you, Sandra is a very good painter who specializes in scenes from around the Smoky Mountains area. We have one of her Cades Cove oil paintings hanging in our living room. We discovered her work in a local restaurant where we were seated under a painting she had given to the owner.  We were so impressed that we just had to find her and see what else she had to offer.  The hunt took several years since she does not have a web site, is not listed in the Tennessee  artist listings, is not in the telephone book, and of course we were doing the search from Ohio which makes it more difficult. We finally found her mother who told us where to find Sandra and we have been steady patrons for many years now.
As I am writing this, it occurs to me that the search we went on is one reason why I have a web presence. I do not want to be hard to find.  I do not want you to have to spend a lot of time trying to locate me. If you cannot find me, you cannot see my work, and you cannot purchase anything.  Ah, we learn our lessons in the most unique ways.. at least I seem to do it that way.


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Bridge Over Winter Water

This is a favorite spot near Townsend, TN.  Most people just drive right over the bridge, never stopping to see what it really looks like from the other side. This day I caught it in the snow. The road was closed up ahead and this area was swarming with frustrated tourists. It took a long time for all of them to move out of the frame.  Enjoy!


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Sunday Snow

A great many years ago, when churches like this were the norm, snowy Sunday mornings entailed a lot of work.  Get up, add wood to the stove, put on the coffee pot, clean up, get dressed, go to the barn to take care of the animals, hitch up the horse, get the family into the buggy, and of course, the 4 or 5 mile ride to get to church.
Today, we view these old churches with a bit of nostalgia for the “good old days”.  A time when things were simpler and less complicated. A time without our IPhones, computers, automobiles, and let us not forget, central heating & indoor plumbing.  Ahh, the good old days……..       Let’s just enjoy the view and a little nostalgia before we get in our cars and go home to our comforts.


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Winter Tremont

A snowy winter scene of:    Middle Prong Little River.
I made this while testing my new lens, a 70-300 mm Tamron. The new one with vibration control. All the reviews I had read said that this was a good lens and now, after using it for several weeks in some very bad weather, I would have to agree. It is sharp, fairly light for what it is, and the vibration control works well enough that I can get an extra 3 stops of handheld images. OK, I know, it is not “L” glass but it cost $1000 less and it works fine for the way I will be using it.   Enjoy!


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Snowy Lane

With all the snow we received yesterday (6″+), I decided to take a walk. It turned out to be about two miles and several photos. Really very pretty, but at 6* cold enough to hurt after a while. This is one of the side roads that I crossed at dusk.  Enjoy and stay warm.


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Winter Falls Tremont

One of the benefits of winter is that the leaves are gone.  We can explore things that would go unnoticed behind a cover of foliage.  This view, taken while standing in the cold flowing water, simply would not look the same with the trees in full leaf.  Enjoy!


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Mountain Snow

Winter is here. We have 5+ inches on the ground this morning. This photo is from last year when I was lucky enough to be in the mountains just after a snow fall.
In other news,  prints of my images are now available for purchase at the Heart Of Ohio Mall just off  Interstate 70 in Springfield, Ohio.  So, if any of you are still shopping for Christmas, I recommend  giving the gift of nature by way of my Fine Art Photos. They will be treasured for years to come.


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