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There are certain watery locations in Great Smoky Mountains National Park that are magical on several levels, and one of them absolutely has to be Middle Prong of Little Pigeon River in Greenbrier. I am convinced that I could never tire of seeing this stream in all of its many moods and postures. From extreme wide-angle to extremely abstract, there is something magical happening on this river every day of the year. During the recent Arrowmont class, we found this wonderful scene just above the first sets of rapids near the entrance to Greenbrier Cove. You may, of course, recognize it from other visits; but this is why we return time and again: it is always different, no matter how many times you go. On this day we were about two days after one of the highest water levels I have ever seen here, and the river was still running with quite a bit of volume and force. Picking out different abstract expressions made the time pass all too quickly. For this Image, I reached out to 300mm to get the angle-of-view I wanted. An aperture of f/10 at ISO 200 allowed for a shutter speed of 1/10th second, fast enough to stop some of the motion of the curling wavelets and create evident texture in the moving water. Going back to Greenbrier is never a chore. Beauty is everywhere you look.

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  • Comment Link Donald McGowan Friday, 17 November 2017 08:42 posted by Donald McGowan

    Good morning Everyone. I hope this mid-autumn morning finds you well and looking forward to a healthy, happy, and safe Thanksgiving. This year has simply flown by. I very much appreciate your taking the time to join in our conversation and offering such astute observations of an Image that is definitely not straightforward.
    Hey Nancy K., it's great to hear from you. I hope you have been enjoying our quixotic fall season. I do remember that you are partial to water abstracts, and I'm glad you liked this one. In conversations elsewhere, I have received some interesting comments about the "horizon" here. Someone suggested that it was a cloudy sky instead of roiling water below the rapid; and I was pleased that it seemed perhaps more abstract even than I had intended.
    Hi Nancy Y. I'm glad you enjoyed the textural statement in this Image; it was certainly a large part of what drew me to this location, and I thought at length about how to express it. Your projected reaction is also interesting; I'll think more about it, for among the tactile thoughts running through my mind, "rough" was not among them. Thank you for sharing yours with us.
    Hi Karen. Thank you for joining us. Oh, for a life filled with such wonderful distractions as you have. I'm glad the contrast spoke to you and that it stands in such stark comparison to the weather where you are - although where you are is beautiful, as well, and an opportunity to photograph a cardinal is icing on the cake. Walk in Beauty.
    Hey Nancy T., your stories and descriptions always bring a smile to my face. Thank you so much for sharing them. If you had been there, I would have just tiptoed away knowing that you would be creative without moving until sunset and the reflections had gone home for the night (blue and gold are impossible to resist). I had not thought of a good metaphor for the wave action here, but a "parade" seems as apt as any. Thanks for offering it to us. I hope we get to see you soon.
    Hey Karen. I had not realized it until just now, but this has been a Karen and Nancy show. Anyway, thanks for your kind words. I hope all is well in Broken Arrow. I wave whenever we pass near on I-40. Take good care.
    Thank you all, again, for sharing your thoughts and feelings. Abstract art doesn't always draw a crowd like a tripod does, but it feeds a part of my soul what is wonderfully beyond most words, in the realm of "to be."

  • Comment Link Karen Schoen Wednesday, 15 November 2017 11:12 posted by Karen Schoen

    Absolutely beautiful

  • Comment Link Nancy Tripp Tuesday, 14 November 2017 18:24 posted by Nancy Tripp

    So very awesome! I guess it's a good thing I wasn't there; you would have had to drag me away or come back for me at dark! I love these blue and gold abstracts. This one certainly is rich. The waves seem to be in a parade and tipping their hats to say hello as they pass by. Thanks for sharing.

  • Comment Link Karen Geiken Sunday, 12 November 2017 11:08 posted by Karen Geiken

    What a marvelous contrast. As I am enthralled with this photo I am looking out the window at "my" lake - Bohners Lake in Burlington, WI. It is foggy, sleeting, and little color contrast; time for nap. Oh, a red cardinal at the bird feeder; one can never give up a photo-op!

  • Comment Link Nancy Yoder Sunday, 12 November 2017 10:09 posted by Nancy Yoder

    Wow. Love the texture in the water. Looks as if I ran my finger over it, it would feel rough.

  • Comment Link Nancy Kelly Sunday, 12 November 2017 09:35 posted by Nancy Kelly

    I always love the water abstracts. I particularly like the way you got the horizon.

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