Radnor Lake

The last couple of months I’ve visited Radnor Lake in Nashville a few times watching fall arrive. No need to write much, I’ll just show the photos 🙂

Here are a few shots I’ve collected during those visits:








































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The Appalachian Trail

A month ago, my brother and I planned a hiking trip on the Appalachian Trail. It’s been so long since I did any overnight hiking, I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into!

I really wanted to do a section near Roan Mountain. I used to live in Johnson City and have been up to Roan Mountain many times, but never on the AT up there. After some internet research, we settled on starting at Carvers Gap. [mappress mapid=”2″]

Carvers Gap is right on the Tennessee/North Carolina state line.

On the way up, I stopped for a few photos



As I was heading up the mountain to meet my brother, it began hailing! When I got to Carvers Gap, it was raining off and on and it was very windy. We tried to wait a little to see if the weather would pass, but finally decided to just head on. It was already late in the day and we wanted to get to Roan High Knob shelter before it got too dark. Roan High Knob is about 1.5 miles from Carvers Gap, but the climb was pretty steep.

We hiked through the rain and made it to the shelter to find that people were already set up in it. So we pitched the tent in the rain/mist.



Some other photos of Roan High Knob:





This one is probably my favorite photo from the entire trip…


The next morning, we packed up the wet tent and headed back down the mountain. The target destination for the day was the Overmountain Shelter, about 5-6 miles. It’s an old red barn that’s used as a shelter on the Appalachian Trail. The views from there are supposed to be great!

That morning, it was still wet and misty. Here are some shots from the first mile or so that morning:









Once we made it back to Carver’s Gap, we continued to the balds. It was very windy and low laying clouds were moving so fast!



Because of how windy and wet it was, I was reluctant to get the camera out much.

We hiked on. A little after lunch, we made it to Overmountain Shelter (after a short detour on a wrong path 🙂



Before even leaving home for the trip, I had a shot in mind that I wanted to attempt. I wanted to photograph this barn at night with some very long exposures so to get the star trails streaking off to the left. Once we got there, I started getting my camera gear out and I realized that I had lost my remote trigger. In order to long exposures, I had to have that trigger 🙁

So, instead, I got a shot of the view


There were already several people at the shelter so we decided to head back to a campsite that we passed a couple miles ago on the trail. Most of the day was downhill, so we knew we had hard uphill day waiting for us so we wanted to get some of it out of the way.

We made it to the campsite and finally got a fire going!


It took us so long to get this fire going. The ground and wood was still pretty wet and the wind was constantly blowing pretty hard. But we got it going so we got to eat a hot dinner.

Without my remote trigger, I couldn’t take any star trail photos. I have, however, seen a technique used to photograph the stars with only a 30 second or less exposure using a very high ISO. So I decided to try it:





I noticed the nearly full moon rising between the trees:



The weather had improved greatly the next day. It was a hard hike as it was nearly all uphill. But once we made it back to the balds, it was amazing:

To the left is North Carolina, to the right is Tennessee. Straight ahead is Jane Bald and Round Bald. The ridge in the background that still has some green on it is Roan High Knob, where we camped the first night.

And finally, here is the Appalachian Trail heading toward Jane Bald



What a fun trip! I’m definitely planning on doing it again sometime soon!

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Paige and JD – Nashville Wedding Photography

Way behind on my blogging these days! So to catch up, I’m going to hit you with a series of short, photo-filled posts!

Back in September (man time flies!) I had the pleasure of photographing Paige and JD’s wedding. It was a beautiful ceremony and a fun afternoon/evening.

Here are just a few of my favorites:






































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