Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Kathryn Tucker Windham

One of my favorite people in all the world is Kathryn Tucker Windham.  She is a marvelous storyteller and is probably the person who singlehandedly got me interested in storytelling.  She resides in Selma, AL, where there is a storytelling festival each October during the second weekend - the Selma Tale Tellin Festival.  It is a wonderful two evenings of some of the finest storytelling anywhere.
The photo above I took when Miss Kathryn visited Helena, my hometown, for a special one-time event in July, 2007, hosted and arranged by Helena's Library Director, Victoria Ashford.


Christmas Sky

Enroute to a wonderful Christmas 2007 dinner with friends, I was stunned to see a rather complex sky with numerous waves.  I've taken to carrying my camera on a regular basis, so I pulled into a cemetery to grab a couple of shots.  The problem was that I could not see all of the sky - oh, is that a good reason to add to may equipment arsenal?  The view above is five "waves" but the series of "waves' extended both to the left and to the right of the photo you see.  My good friend, Tim Coleman, is doing research at UAH on gravity waves in the atmosphere, an absolutely fascinating topic.  In a nutshell, the air acts like a fluid, so just like the waves we see in the ocean, there are waves in the atmosphere - we just can't see them unless the moisture helps out be evaporating or condensing as seen here with the undulation of the air.


Sunday, February 10, 2008

Picture of Mt. Cheaha

You'll hear me talk me talk a lot about Mt. Cheaha.  It is the highest point in Alabama and a tremendously scenic place to enjoy.  My wife and I enjoy going there and staying in our travel trailer, but there are also chalets and hotel accommodations.  When we go, we usually take 50 pounds of cracked corn for the deer.  Needless to say, they love to see up pull into a campsite.  In fact, some of the pictures I'll be posting here will be of the deer.


Blog Starting Post

Hello, this is the first post to my digital photography Blog.  I post on regular basis to the Blog at www.alabamawx.com which focuses on weather.  But as many people know, I am a serious amateur digital photography enthusiast, so I thought I'd start my own Blog here for the express purpose of posting digital images that I have taken.

My interest in photography has always been high.  In fact, I used to have a Besseler black and white enlarger and my own dark room.  But I have been a big digital photography enthusiast since I got the first digital camera - a Sony Mavica with floppy disc storage.  I now use a Nikon D70S which I am still learning about even though I've had it for over two years.

I use Adobe Photoshop CS3 which I dearly love.  And that, too, I'm still learning about because there is sooooooo much to know and do with Photoshop.

So this is my introductory post.  I will say that I hope/plan/intend to post one picture a day with a small explanation of the scene.  This Blog will be primarily for family and friends to take a look at photos I've made.  The photos will come from whatever I've taken and I also hope to post one a day.  That goal may be loftier than I can achieve - we'll see.

But no matter what, enjoy.