Colorado Wildflowers with David and Jennifer Kingham

Summer in the high country of Colorado means gorgeous alpine views, snowmelt and with that, carpets of wildflowers. Wildflower season usually peaks near the end of July in the Colorado high country. Join us on a photographic adventure into the heart of alpine country! We will be based in the San Juan Mountains. Set among the peaks of the San Juans and old mining camps, the flower displays combined with blue alpine lakes are a photographer’s dream. We will spend four days adventuring in Jeeps to the wildflowers that are only accessible by 4×4. Waterfalls, fields of paintbrush flowers and crystal clear alpine lakes left behind by the glaciers are just a few examples of what we will be photographing. Both of these areas are near and dear to our photographic hearts, and we have spent extensive time exploring, scouting, and photographing these places ourselves. If you’re looking for a summer photography adventure, join us in the high country of colorful Colorado!

Colorado Wildflowers with David and Jennifer Kingham

Summer in the high country of Colorado means gorgeous alpine views, snowmelt and with that, carpets of wildflowers. Wildflower season usually peaks near the end of July in the Colorado high country. Join us on a photographic adventure into the heart of alpine country! We will be based in the San Juan Mountains. Set among the peaks of the San Juans and old mining camps, the flower displays combined with blue alpine lakes are a photographer’s dream. We will spend four days adventuring in Jeeps to the wildflowers that are only accessible by 4×4. Waterfalls, fields of paintbrush flowers, and crystal clear alpine lakes left behind by the glaciers are just a few examples of what we will be photographing. Both of these areas are near and dear to our photographic hearts, and we have spent extensive time exploring, scouting, and photographing these places ourselves. If you’re looking for a summer photography adventure, join us in the high country of colorful Colorado!

Texas Wildflowers with Jeff Parker

This Texas Wildflowers Photography Workshop with Jeff Parker will help you get your best images of the Lone Star’s beautiful spring bloomers (yes…including bluebonnets!).

Enjoy learning & playing in a central-Texas country setting where indoor class time is balanced with hands-on practice outdoors.

TWO (2) SEPARATE “Texas Wildflowers Photography Workshops” offered. ~ Each with space for only EIGHT (8):

Saturday, March 30, 2019
~ OR ~
Sunday, March 31, 2019

During this one-day Texas Wildflowers Photography Workshop I’ll show you how to photograph bluebonnets and other wildflowers like a pro. Play with lighting, make unique compositions, envision your petaled subjects differently, and get creative with color. All while learning to get the most from your equipment. Our day ends with a special sunset photo shoot at one of my favorite springtime locations.

Delicious lunch (on-site) & extensive hand-out packet included.

Wildflower Photography with Jeff Parker

Central Texas is the wildflower capital of the world in early spring. This workshop features a mix of classroom instruction, activities and shooting. The finale is a sunset shoot where you can put to use the techniques learned during the course of the day.

Of course, the petaled models that “pose” for us will depend upon the grace of the weather but, by late-March, Red Belly Ranch often sports both Texas and sandyland bluebonnets, wine cups, Indian paintbrush, Indian blanket, antelope horn and other milkweed, false garlic, slim-pod milk vetch, fringed puccoon, spiderwort, wild-plains indigo, phlox, vervain, verbena, fleabane, evening primrose -— and then some.
Includes a delicious Mary O Meal.

Wildflower Photography with Jeff Parker

Central Texas is the wildflower capital of the world in early spring. This workshop features a mix of classroom instruction, activities and shooting. The finale is a sunset shoot where you can put to use the techniques learned during the course of the day.

Of course, the petaled models that “pose” for us will depend upon the grace of the weather but, by late-March, Red Belly Ranch often sports both Texas and sandyland bluebonnets, wine cups, Indian paintbrush, Indian blanket, antelope horn and other milkweed, false garlic, slim-pod milk vetch, fringed puccoon, spiderwort, wild-plains indigo, phlox, vervain, verbena, fleabane, evening primrose -— and then some.
Includes a delicious Mary O Meal.

Six weeks in the Smokies as artist-in-residence

Story and photography by Tom Haxby

It was my dream come true to have been the Artist in Residence as a photographer in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for six weeks from September through November of 2016. I have been to the park many times and I would never have imagined having this opportunity. My background as a natural resource manager for 26 years along with my passion for photography helped to secure the chance to take photographs for an entire season in one of the most picturesque national parks. For me, it was about more than just taking photos. I wanted to take the time to gain a greater understanding of the park.

Oncoaluftee Watershed in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. All landscape photos seen in this article were taken with a Nikon D800 and this assortment of lenses: 14-24mm, 24-70mm and 70-200mm. All were on a tripod. © Tom Haxby

Oncoaluftee Watershed in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. All landscape photos seen in this article were taken with a Nikon D800 and this assortment of lenses: 14-24mm, 24-70mm and 70-200mm. All photos were taken on a tripod.
© Tom Haxby

The National Park Service, the Friends of the Smokies and the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts sponsor the artist program in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Continue reading

WEEDS- Give ‘Em A Break

Story and Photography by Bonnie Marquette

Wireweed in Iris Bed © Bonnie Marquette

Wireweed in Iris Bed © Bonnie Marquette

 (before you give them a rake) Weeds- the bane of existence for every gardener. They’re invasive and take over our flowerbeds and carefully manicured yards. The definition of “weed” in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary reads as such: “a plant that is not valued where it is growing and is usually of vigorous growth; especially: one that tends to overgrow or choke out more desirable plants.Continue reading