Monday, February 16, 2009

Rocks, Docks, and Trees

No doubt that the weekend's photography field trip left a bad taste in my mouth. To put it into a sexual context (because any artistic pursuit has a sensual element to it), after that session, I felt like I was left saying, "I'm sorry. I's never happened to me before." So I grabbed my gear bag and headed to one of my favorite spots for a late afternoon photo session. I had a blast and it reignited my passion.

I'm a very active photographer. I like to be climbing over things, getting dirty, and/or doing something that might get me in trouble. Tonight didn't disappoint as I jumped down off of boulders, ran up and down the rocky banks of Lake Loudon, and jogged uphill trying to get one or two last sunset shots from a higher elevation. I have GOT to get a more rugged tripod so let me know if you have any recommendations.

These rocks are all submerged during the summer. The TVA drains the lakes during the fall/winter to generate electricity & manage the spring rains/floods. The color, geometry and reflections were impossible to ignore.

“On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock.” Thomas Jefferson
“Slander cannot destroy an honest man - when the flood recedes the rock is there” Chinese Proverb
“A pile of rocks ceases to be a rock when somebody contemplates it with the idea of a cathedral in mind.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

There were no clouds to make an interesting sunset, so I found my own contrasts and shadows.

I loved the starburst effect of the sun as it started to dip in the trees (click on the picture to enlarge so you can see it).
“If Columbus had had an advisory committee he would probably still be at the dock.” Arthur Goldberg

“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” Proverb
“Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” Abraham Lincoln

And my favorite shot of the day. Blow it up to see, but the detail of the trees, the darkness of the landscape, and the faint water in the lake were great contrast to the orange sky.
Not only did my muse find me tonight after leaving me for the weekend. She threw me on the bank of the lake, whispered dirty words in my ear and had her way with me.


  1. You know I love me a good tree picture. Oh well maybe you don't know, but I do. : ) Great pics as usual!

  2. Your to funny , you and your muse.
    You seem to have found some really cool subjects to capture...I am inspired to say the least.
    Not alot I can do with all this snow and all looks the same at this time. Those rocks with the water riplles was almost as if i was standing there.
    Of course the last is once again my favorite.
    See what ya have tomorrow.
    I have subject envy or just a block ...

  3. Wow, these are TERRIFIC pics! Your muse did good, having her way with you!

  4. Beautifully haunting sunsets. I'm always entranced by a wicked cool photo of a tree. (Hugs)Indigo

  5. You took some terrific shots, Chris! And it's so weird too...because just yesterday I took almost an identical photo like your tree shot.

    Take care ol' Museless...


  6. Too bad about the field trip, but these photos sure are gorgeous!

  7. Chris, the composition on the fist rock picture is awesome. Love the colors of the blue water and the deep ocher rock.

    I'm always an admirer of sun flare... Great job!

    And yes, I like the last pic BUT the pic of the third tree with the variegation of colors in the sky, makes me want to design an entire room around that photo.

    I would paint the walls in the color of the blue/gray band in the sky. All of the artwork & photos would be framed in the black of the tree. The lamps in the room would have black barrel shades but the bases would be glass, to reflect the silver band across the sky. The fabric in the drapes would have a blue & taupe horizontal stripe which would coordinate with the blue band across the top of the sky and the taupe color of the water. I'd scatter the room with just a few accents (a pillow, a vase a comfy throw) to incorporate the yellow and deep orange.

    Sorry, I'm rambling... And you're probably much too manly to entertain the thought of interior decorating... Hee!

    I just REALLY like that pic.

  8. That's the best kind of muse! I took a lot of pics of trees, especially acacia while I was in Africa. Not as good as yours, but I love tree pics!

  9. LOL at your opening paragraph. So... I never thought I would enjoy looking at *rocks* but you make them beautiful. :) Breathtaking shots, as always. I especially love the ones of the docks.