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Crystal Clear at Hodges Beach

Crystal clear waters at Hodges Beach... this beach was a short hike down a path from our cottage on a hill overlooking the ocean. We had the entire 2 miles or so of this beach to ourselves.
 

Right Place, Right Time

This was shot in the backyard of our cottage. Much like in Kauai, Hawaii it would rain just a little bit everyday, which would be followed by brilliantly cloudy skies w/ blues busting through & full, bright rainbows.
 

The Great Illuminator

This was one of the last shots I took of the most magnificent sunrise I have ever witnessed. I watched the clouds on the horizon break apart in ways I'd never seen before... in big square chunks rather than whipping apart like normal. The sky went from purple to orange to gold to a brilliantly even cast over everything. Then, it began to rain, but by the time I got to my camera bag to cover my gear, it had already stopped. When I looked up, there was a beautiful Care Bears looking rainbow going from one cloud to the next over our cottage. As I walked around the yard, all the flowers & plants were now kissed with tiny droplets of water from the brief rain & looked like something from a card you'd get for your grandma's birthday. It was really something else.

 

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Here's an example of the dwellings carved into the stone where people have lived in the underground cities of the region since the Crusades.

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Uchisar Castle in Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey

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The entrance to our hotel in Cappadocia in the evening

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The courtyard of our Cappadocia hotel in the evening

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Some really old stuff... my in-laws live in Oceanside, CA so my wife & I head out there every other year to visit. These are from a trip out there in 2013
 

Oceanside Pier no.3

 

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Great shots k-train!  I'll be heading to the Smoky Mountains next week for a long weekend of spring shooting.  Hoping that the rivers and waterfalls are going well.  :D

 

Here's the Berry Male eagle coming in hot a few weekends ago.  I clipped just the tip of the wing while pulling back on the zoom, but love the shot anyway.  He landed in the tree next to the viewing area, so maybe 40 feet above my head and just to the left.

26067800012_e78ce0c832_c.jpgBerry Bald Eagle Male 2 by Jason, on Flickr

A few minutes later when a Red Tailed Hawk cruised by.  I've never seen him turn his head this way before, so it was neat to capture it.

25557617483_04a0732bfa_c.jpgBerry Bald Eagle Male 3 by Jason, on Flickr

From the same afternoon.  Male is on the branch looking back and chortling at the female as she brings in a fish.

25887379480_bfdbf14802_c.jpgBerry Bald Eagle Male 4 by Jason, on Flickr

Female with most of a catfish.

26309647656_725390db5a_c.jpgBerry Bald Eagle Female 1 by Jason, on Flickr

And the local Eastern Bluebird pair.  Male with his head tucked down and the female playing hard to get.  She has about doubled in girth since I took this one, so I guess she wasn't THAT hard to get.  ;)

25555499044_d457c48bd6_c.jpgEBB 1 by Jason, on Flickr

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8 hours ago, mookie3127 said:

Great shots k-train!  I'll be heading to the Smoky Mountains next week for a long weekend of spring shooting.  Hoping that the rivers and waterfalls are going well.  :D

 

Here's the Berry Male eagle coming in hot a few weekends ago.  I clipped just the tip of the wing while pulling back on the zoom, but love the shot anyway.  He landed in the tree next to the viewing area, so maybe 40 feet above my head and just to the left.

26067800012_e78ce0c832_c.jpgBerry Bald Eagle Male 2 by Jason, on Flickr

A few minutes later when a Red Tailed Hawk cruised by.  I've never seen him turn his head this way before, so it was neat to capture it.

25557617483_04a0732bfa_c.jpgBerry Bald Eagle Male 3 by Jason, on Flickr

From the same afternoon.  Male is on the branch looking back and chortling at the female as she brings in a fish.

25887379480_bfdbf14802_c.jpgBerry Bald Eagle Male 4 by Jason, on Flickr

Female with most of a catfish.

26309647656_725390db5a_c.jpgBerry Bald Eagle Female 1 by Jason, on Flickr

And the local Eastern Bluebird pair.  Male with his head tucked down and the female playing hard to get.  She has about doubled in girth since I took this one, so I guess she wasn't THAT hard to get.  ;)

25555499044_d457c48bd6_c.jpgEBB 1 by Jason, on Flickr

Sounds like you're gonna have to do a raindance a few days before you go to the Smokeys, so they'll be plenty of flow in the waterfalls & rivers... just make sure it's not so close to the time you're gonna be there that you end up drenched. :D

Do you have an itinerary yet, or just gonna go with the flow? 

My wife & I are headed to Asheville for a few days in May. Probably spending the majority of our time there downtown, but hoping to get some cool street photography in & we'll try to hit up a spot in the general area for hiking/photos during the trip as well. So many options near there, it's hard to pick one place to see.

I've never actually been to the Biltmore Estate, but I don't have a real big desire to see it either... especially at $40 a person or whatever it costs these days & limits on what you can shoot there. I'm currently leaning toward heading to DuPont Forest, because there are a bunch of beautiful falls in that park & it's only about an hour from downtown Asheville. Might head to Craggy Gardens or Max Patch though... or could hit Linville Falls on the way back from Asheville. That place is really cool & I haven't been there since I started shooting. Like I said, so many options.

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3 hours ago, k-train said:

Sounds like you're gonna have to do a raindance a few days before you go to the Smokeys, so they'll be plenty of flow in the waterfalls & rivers... just make sure it's not so close to the time you're gonna be there that you end up drenched. :D

Do you have an itinerary yet, or just gonna go with the flow? 

My wife & I are headed to Asheville for a few days in May. Probably spending the majority of our time there downtown, but hoping to get some cool street photography in & we'll try to hit up a spot in the general area for hiking/photos during the trip as well. So many options near there, it's hard to pick one place to see.

I've never actually been to the Biltmore Estate, but I don't have a real big desire to see it either... especially at $40 a person or whatever it costs these days & limits on what you can shoot there. I'm currently leaning toward heading to DuPont Forest, because there are a bunch of beautiful falls in that park & it's only about an hour from downtown Asheville. Might head to Craggy Gardens or Max Patch though... or could hit Linville Falls on the way back from Asheville. That place is really cool & I haven't been there since I started shooting. Like I said, so many options.

A couple of buddies are actually running a workshop so I don't know of an itinerary yet.  Only thing I know for certain is that I'll be there bright and early to stop at the Tremont Institute to hike back to Spruce Flat Falls.  Regardless, I love the Smokies and am stoked to get up there for a few days.

My wife has mentioned Biltmore to me, but I'm in the same boat with the photo restrictions.  Not worth my time or money.

Never been to Asheville so I'm not much help there.

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Well here's my first processed shot from the Smokies workshop.  It's from the parking lot at Clingmans Dome at sunset on Thursday, 4-21-16.  We were hopeing for a good sunset, but rain was moving into the area so the weather wasn't cooperating.  We did, however, get some nice light rays poking through the clouds that really lit up the mountains.

26535853632_eb358d1d28_b.jpgLight Rays 1 by Jason, on Flickr

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12 hours ago, mookie3127 said:

Well here's my first processed shot from the Smokies workshop.  It's from the parking lot at Clingmans Dome at sunset on Thursday, 4-21-16.  We were hopeing for a good sunset, but rain was moving into the area so the weather wasn't cooperating.  We did, however, get some nice light rays poking through the clouds that really lit up the mountains.

26535853632_eb358d1d28_b.jpgLight Rays 1 by Jason, on Flickr

dude.......:o

That is fantastic!

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11 hours ago, k-train said:

dude.......:o

That is fantastic!

Thank you, sir!  I was pleased with how it turned out.  Had to spend a good bit of time on this one to get the colors the way I wanted them, but it worked out in the end.

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4 more....

Tom Ogle's cabin near the Roaring Fork Motor Trail.

26062209913_2559cfaaec_c.jpgOgle Cabin 1 by Jason, on Flickr

More of an abstract shot of part of the barn behind the cabin in the previous shot.

26393042490_cf32fd62b2_c.jpgOgle Cabin 2 by Jason, on Flickr

Sunrise from a pull off near Gatlinburg.

26062207853_205ff3ff83_c.jpgSunrise 1 by Jason, on Flickr

I was really hoping someone would try to defy the sign, but they didn't.  Sadly, no Darwin award was given out that day.  Taken in Cades Cove.

26062211383_8c18bf2a89_c.jpgCades Cove 1 by Jason, on Flickr

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Male Eastern Bluebird that was hoping around on the fence post at the viewing area for the Bald Eagles at Berry College.  The eaglets have both fledged and are hanging around the nest area, so I'll have plenty of shots of them in the near future.  For now, it's Bluebirds.

 

27120227415_d95715f250_c.jpgEBB 1 by Jason, on Flickr

27120227435_7959b5b3b9_c.jpgEBB 2 by Jason, on Flickr

27051815041_94f5338fe6_c.jpgEBB 3 by Jason, on Flickr

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