Friday, 29 December 2017 16:23

A Light to Set the Table

It is in the far northwestern corner of South Carolina that the first uplifts of the Blue Ridge Mountains come into view from the southeast: the Blue Wall, as it is often called. To the Tsalagi it was, indeed, the Blue Wall, a magical land of mountains and waterfalls, almost beyond number, and now dotted with a ring of magnificent state parks along both sides of North Carolina-South Carolina line. As development pressures mount along this line, the Blue Wall will need help from all of us who love the natural beauty of this amazing land. I have been invited by the South Carolina Department of Parks and Recreation to lead a pair of weekend photography workshops in Table Rock State Park and in Devil's Fork State Park in March 2018. It would be a wonderful opportunity to familiarize yourself with this delightful area, and enjoy some fun, friendship, and creativity as well.


Several days ago Bonnie and I made an early morning jaunt to Table Rock. In the waters of Lake Oolenoy we found much on which to reflect as the sun slowly peeped over the Piedmont. A focal length of 32mm, just inside of wide-angleland, gave me the angle-of-view I wanted. An aperture of f/16 provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 1/30th second at ISO 200, chosen to give a little more surface tension control to the already still water, provided a medium overall exposure.


The Blue Wall is so much more than just a place; it is a state of mind that calls for us to share with love and care. 

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  • Comment Link Donald McGowan Friday, 05 January 2018 12:37 posted by Donald McGowan

    Good morning Everyone. Happy New Year! I hope 2018 is a wonderful year for every aspect of your lives, especially the creative ones. May we be blessed with good health and good fortune as we move forward into this exciting time. I wanted to start the New Year off in a place I have never shared as an Image for the Asking, and since Bonnie and I will be there in a couple of months (and since I know the Blue Wall to be an incredibly beautiful place) Table Rock seemed like a great place to begin.
    Hey, Ray. I hope your New Year is off to an excellent start. I appreciate your use of the term "pleasing" to describe this Image. Not "spectacular"; but, then, every image isn't required to evoke drama; "pleasing" can be quite sufficient. For I do believe that pleasing can be every bit as memorable as as spectacular. I highly recommend whatever time you can spare for the Blue Wall: Oconee and Pickens Counties, especially; and by the way, Sumter National Forest covers part of this area. Table Rock State Park is just one of the jewels. I look forward to your joining us as often as you can; I always appreciate your thoughtful perspective.
    Hey, Warren. It's always good to hear from you. I want to catch up with you very soon and learn what you've been up to for these past several months. I've visited your eCommerce site and enjoyed what I saw. As always, I appreciate your kind and thoughtful comments. They seem to echo what Ray has said; and a kayak here would definitely be a good thing. Walk in Beauty, my friend.
    Hi, Joani. I hope you were able to avoid all of the fiasco in South Buncombe and East Henderson on New Year's Eve. It was quite a mess. Thank you for joining us and for all of your kind words. I hope you will be with us as often as possible; and I hope, likewise, that my work will continue to inspire the wonderful reactions you express. Love to you, too.
    Thanks, again, Everyone. Your thoughts and observations have set me off to a good start in this New Year. I hope we all enjoy a year of wonderful creativity in all of our artistic pursuits.

  • Comment Link Joani Sunday, 31 December 2017 11:20 posted by Joani

    Another great day captured. May you and Bonnie be blessed in the coming year with many more of these! Love to you both.

  • Comment Link jwarrenberry Sunday, 31 December 2017 09:32 posted by jwarrenberry

    My first thought and feeling was of being there in a kayak at the present moment! Your peaceful, powerful image takes me there. The beauty leaves me, uncharacteristically, speechless.

  • Comment Link Ray Foote Sunday, 31 December 2017 09:07 posted by Ray Foote

    Don, thank you for this pleasing image, and especially thank you for your enduring commitment to public lands and beautiful outdoor places the nourish our souls. While I know the northern end of the Blue Ridge Mountains better than the area you're exploring, I cherish the entire thing. The undulation from L to R in this image is delightful. Have a great 2018. I look forward to many more images for the asking! Ray

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