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Somewhere in Time

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As North River Road snakes its way around the lower reaches of Round Mountain it collects the innumerable seeps and springs that will eventually gather into the North River, the principal sibling of the Tellico, a stream of such surpassing beauty that it is designated "wild and scenic." The rocks themselves are timeless, risen from the basement of the earth and covered with mosses that hold the moisture briefly before releasing it downward on its never-ending journey. Along the high ridges of the Unicoi Mountains, winter is hard and the thin waters are easily transformed to beads and cycles of icy drift and spray, a fairyland of texture and shape waiting for the temperatures to moderate in the coming of the spring. My old Kiron 90mm macro lens isolated an area about 20"x30", which was the angle of view I wanted. An aperture of f/16 provided depth-of-field and, with a shutter speed of 2.0 seconds at ISO 100, gave me an overall slightly darker-than-medium exposure.  Macro intimate landscapes are a wonderful ways of revaling slices of the tiny world around us.

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  • Comment Link Donald McGowan Saturday, 11 February 2017 00:00 posted by Donald McGowan

    Good evening Everyone. Thank you all for joining me for this conversation. I must admit to being a bit frustrated at the moment. I just spent about an hour answering your comments and after I posted my thoughts I discovered a typographical error. When I went in to correct it I inadvertently deleted my entire set of remarks and they are gone. Oh well, let's see if I can retrace my steps, more or less.
    For some unclear reason, I tend to pass over the kind of image exemplified by this week's offering: intimate landscapes taken with a macro lens. They are everywhere in nature, and often they are strikingly beautiful. When i was going through my image files, I came across this week's Image and I was reminded of macro intimates and how I am guilty of not spending enough time with them.
    Hi Rosemary. Thank you for being with us and for your kind words. I am delighted that this image resonated with you and I appreciate you taking the time to share your feelings with me. Be well.
    Hey Lynn. It's always good to hear from you. I share your sentiments about this beautiful area, even as I fear that it is not nearly as "forgotten" as we might wish. I hope all is well with you.
    Hey Paul. I hope I can reconstruct the comments I had offered you before they were deleted. I appreciate your suggestions and I have thought at length about them. They were offered sincerely and seriously, and deserve the same level of thoughtfulness in return. You are quite right: my job affords me the unique opportunity to see so many of the wonderful and beautiful places in our amazing land; it is something that not many other folks have the chance to enjoy, and something for which I feel very blessed and deeply grateful. Long before I began to express my passion for photography, I was passionate about geology and geography, and I would spend many a spare moment pouring over maps of anywhere/everywhere just to see what I might learn from them. I still do. In every image description I write, I try to offer enough hints so that just about anyone wishing to do so can take a map and locate the places I am describing. It is in the same vein that in my teaching, I refrain from giving my students "recipes" to follow. I want them to understand what they are doing, and to allow that growing understanding to guide them to be as fully aware as possible of their own creative processes. Perhaps that is bad teaching on my part, but it is how I feel. In describing this Image I meant to do the same, so I offered a fairly well-known entity, the Tellico River, and its tributary, North River, as well as their general location as being in the Unicoi Mountains. If you trace the path of the Tellico, along Tellico River Road, to its junction with the North, you locate a road labeled as North River Road. If you follow that road from the junction upstream on the North, you arrive at the Cherohala Skyway at Stratton Gap. About 65-70% of the way up you pass along the lower slopes of Round Mountain, which is identified as such on every decent map of the area with which I am familiar. In some respects I can identify with Lynn Harrison's comment about wanting the area to remain "forgotten, " but I thought that if someone were serious - and not merely curious - about wanting to know the location, they could take my comments and find the place easily enough; and if they were merely curious, they would forego the effort to follow my breadcrumbs and there would be one less visitor who really didn't care that much about this special spot. I have known you for quite a while and have always considered you to be both thoughtful and serious; and so there you are. You know where to find North River Road and Round Mountain. Enjoy.
    Hi Nancy T. You always share the most wonderful stories and your descriptions always lead me to things I would not have imagined. You are exactly right about the subtlety of the colors and the elements of line, shape, and texture. They were truly the elements that drew me into this scene. I had overlooked the entrance to the fairies' domain, but surely they were there somewhere and I must be more careful next time to see if I can discover them. Thank you for reminding me; and
    thank you all for being part of my wonderful photography family. Walk in Beauty.

  • Comment Link Nancy Tripp Sunday, 05 February 2017 21:39 posted by Nancy Tripp

    This looks like a hidden magic kingdom full of treasures and a lot of sparkle. Another image showing moving water with ice cycles everywhere. I like how the colors seem to be moving through the image, There are sprinkles of blue from top to bottom and the green curves through the center. There are red and orange spots then all the jewels scattered around. The tiny fairies must be hiding in one of the tiny caves behind the ice. This one is just about the magic of Mother Nature. Thanks for sharing.

  • Comment Link Paul J Pope Sunday, 05 February 2017 10:08 posted by Paul J Pope

    Can you give a little more info on location. Not all of us know where Round Mountain is. Might be helpful to others beside myself to start with... near this area, park name, or town, and then the state. A lot of us do not have the luxury of traveling as much as your job requires so we do not recognize some of the names of these places. Just a suggestion. Paul
    P.S. Nice photo and you have a great eye for details.

  • Comment Link Lynn Harrison Sunday, 05 February 2017 10:08 posted by Lynn Harrison

    I totally love North River Rd. It is such a forgotten area and in the long run, that is preferable. Thanks for sharing.

  • Comment Link Rosemary Benson Sunday, 05 February 2017 10:04 posted by Rosemary Benson

    Spectacular, Don!

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