Photo Journeys

Walking Through Daisy Town

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Spending a month in Europe a few years ago has really elevated my appreciation and love of old architecture and the many stories of peoples lives that had interacted with those structures. So, when fellow camera peep Bob Clark asked if I wanted to join in on his Photowalk @ Elkmont, I was down for the journey. The Little River Lumber Company established the town of Elkmont in 1908 as a base for its logging operations in the upper Little River and Jakes Creek areas. As the Elkmont valley was slowly stripped of its valuable timber, Townsend began to advertise the area as a mountain getaway. In 1909, Little River Railroad began offering the Sunday “Elkmont Special”— non-stop train service from Knoxville to Elkmont. In 1910, an affluent group of Knoxville hunting and fishing enthusiasts formed the Appalachian Club and purchased what is now “Daisy Town”. They built the Appalachian Clubhouse for use as a lodge and within a few years, several club members built cottages, and the club evolved into a mountain getaway for Knoxville’s elite. Most of the lifetime leases on the rustic cottages at Elkmont expired in 1992, and ownership reverted to the National Park Service. However, in 1994, the Wonderland Hotel and several of the rustic cottages were placed...

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Being Backwards Compatible

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We seem to always want our products to always be compatible with older models and so forth. Such as in software, we like for the new versions to be “Backwards Compatible” with the old versions so that a person with either the old version or the new can open the same file. Yet we do not seem to be very backwards compatible when it comes to our own habits and uses of products. For example, just how many times have you wondered how we ever got along in life without cellphones or how did we ever interact socially without networks like FaceBook? Sometimes these progresses and new things in life render us almost useless if we have to go without them again. As technology has continued to progress and cause either the elimination or upgrade of our useful products, we seem to forget all about how it was using the older version. I find this fact now really causing an issue for me since I have been without my DSLR for over a week now and have a serious case of “shutter withdrawl”. Although for most of my photographic life it wouldn’t be an issue to be without a camera body since I have had at least 1 back...

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Summer Works from The Mediterranean

Posted in Gallery 5, Photo Journeys

When I first joined the gallery at The Shops at Carousel Gardens, it was mainly due to the showing of my Art of Autos. I was granted the main wall by the cash register on the main floor of the gallery and preceded to fill half of it with my new pieces of automotive art and the other half with the more mainstream stuff like smoky mountain scenes and some assorted other popular works. I did have my doubts about the auto art since I had sold very little of it from my previous gallery out in the Arts & Crafts District, but was wiling to give it a shot. To my surprise I ended up selling about 10 to 2 of auto art to my other stuff. In one weekend I sold about 12 pieces and ten of those were autos. From the middle of May until the middle of June, I was in the Mediterranean touring France, Italy, Montenegro, Croatia and Greece and captured quite a collection of images that was quite unlike my current offerings. Since I had never really traveled that much in life, I didn’t really have a large selection, if any, of travel type images. And now I find myself with hundreds of...

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The Adventure To Pisa

Posted in Memoirs, Photo Journeys

Out of all the adventures from 30 days in Europe, one that took a lot of blind faith and confidence in my adventure skills was the trip to the Tower of Pisa. Leaving the ship onto the shores of Livorno, Italy after my usual morning breakfast in the Veranda restaurant, I walked about 10 minutes into town to the bus stop and got aboard bus #4. I knew from the ship staff that bus 4 would take me to the train station. And so I find myself on bus 4 and for about one euro I rode for about fifteen minutes or so to the train station in Livorno. Not knowing a single word of the Italian language, I did have some concerns about me actually arriving at the tower without any difficulties. It was pretty easy to figure out which bus stop was the train station since the bus pretty much emptied out when we stopped there. Like the rest of the passengers I proceeded into the terminal and was wowed by its age and historic appearance and the visions of train traffic from the many years it has seen began to run through my head. Overhead hung a large board with information on departures and arrivals much...

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Today is the First Day of the Rest of Your Life

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Breakfast overlooking St. Barthelemy started off yet another banner day. And using my favorite quote “today is the first day of the rest of your life” as the catalyst for todays agenda. A ride on the tender over to the pier, and I was in what seemed like a small town in France. Of course I was in the French West Indies, so I guess it would be rather “frenchy”. Very narrow one way streets lined with designer name shops and sidewalk bistros gave me plenty to walk through. I toured many many blocks of shops and then came across the angelican church where I went in to have a chat with God about letting go and accepting certain recent misfortunes of life. I then ventured up to the top of a hill that has some sort of light house looking structure and two vintage canons of Fort Gustavia. What an awesome view from up there, and a strong breeze felt very nice in the heat of the day. I even took off my shirt for the walk back down into tow. You may be thinking whats the big deal about taking off a shirt… well remember this is French country, and the only overweight people are American tourist...

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Gwad Loop or Gwad Loop Aye

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I have always thought that Guadeloupe was pronounced with a “loop ay” sound at the end, but down here they actually just say the last part “loop”. Actually if you were to ask me before this cruise where on the globe that Guadeloupe even was at, I would have been at a loss for an answer. You will notice in todays photo snippits that I did not post a breakfast pic since right at breakfast time for me this morning (about 8AM) a sudden rain blew threw and I ate inside the Veranda Restaurant instead of outside. But it did blow by quickly and I was on the deck of the boat enjoying the slow cruise into the harbor for a noon arrival. This island was the most indigenous as far as shopping goes, than all the ones before. The shops were filled with a lot of tie-died stuff and crafts made by the residents. And most of them didn’t even take U.S. dollars, but of course credit cards were ok. Since we got there right at noon, the place was pretty well closed up till 2:30 or 3, as for they take lunch break from noon to 3… yes the whole island does except for a few eateries....

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