Every December on the first Saturday (unless postponed by weather) Antietam National Battlefield holds its annual Memorial Illumination. 23,110 luminaries are placed on the battlefield, one for each of the casualties. I managed to get a photography permit for this year’s illumination and I’m looking forward to photographing it again.
One of my other hobbies is growing orchids. Paphiopedilum or “slipper” orchids are a favorite of mine, particularly the sequentially blooming species of which this Paph. liemianum is a great example. It has been continuously blooming for almost 2 years!
Last year I had the opportunity to attend a Rosie the Riveter themed photo shoot. I’m typically not interested in this sort of thing, but decided to attend on a whim and I’m glad I did because it was a lot fun. Tomorrow I get to participate in another with the same group and I can’t wait to see the scenes they have planned this time.
The Grave Diggers from the Haunted Mansion sequence of the Boo To You parade is one of my favorite parts of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Capturing them making sparks on the pavement with their shovels requires a little flash blur.
Sometimes you’re in the right place at the right time. Last fall, I was on my way from Cass, WV to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and happened to drive by this Mail Pouch Barn on a beautiful foggy morning. The owner graciously allowed me to photograph the barn. These roadside treasures of America’s past are disappearing quickly. When you see one, make sure to stop and photograph it because it may not be there the next time.
Since the Main Street Electrical Parade ended it’s run at Walt Disney World last weekend, I thought it would be appropriate to share one of my favorite photos of the parade. A couple of years ago, I rented a fisheye lens to capture the parade as it moved through Town Square and all the way up to the Hub in the Magic Kingdom. After talking about photography for a few minutes, a kind family offered to trade spots with me so I could have the center spot on the upper level of the train station. Sometimes it helps to be lucky.
Its that time of year again. Tomorrow I’ll be attending the Cass Photography Workshop for the third year in a row. Even though I’m arriving a little late due to a prior commitment, I’m looking forward to seeing what Walter and Clayton have in store for us this year.