Rainy Days

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There’s been very little sun this week and today the overcast skies barely lightened enough to feel like daytime.  I wanted to find some nice moss to transplant into a terrarium at home.  Walking along,  scouring the ground for just the right patch,  I spotted something smooth and glistening.  Kneeling,  I found myself staring into the curious face of our little friend here.  I put my hand down, he climbed right up and we had a face-to-face before I set him gently on the moss again.

It’s the little,  quiet moments like this that remind me that the excitement of photographing bears and such is only one facet of what I love about what I do.

I’m leaving for home in the morning,  stocked with new photos,  stories and friendships.  I can’t wait to share some of it with you.

I’ve been in the Smoky Mountains for a few days now and will be staying through this coming weekend.  It’s my first time visiting in winter,  making it an entirely new experience.

It’s been mild,  dashing my hopes of experiencing snowfall in the Smokies,  but there are holiday decorations up everywhere.  The streets are lit with cheerful snowflakes and garlands,  setting the festive mood despite the lack of snow.

There’s been some neat changes in the town of Townsend as well.  In the past year a new winery has moved in,  as well as an organic and fair trade cafe.  I’ll be writing more about them when I return home.  I love being able to support local businesses!

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Expect more updates upon my return,  if not before.  :)

More Film

These images are inspiring me to break out my film cameras again.  I love how even mistakes end up as something interesting.

Smoky Mountains National Park, 2009

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While cleaning out a cabinet in my studio today, in search of supplies for several projects I’m working on, I found several envelopes of film I’d had developed but never did anything with.  I’ll share some of them over the next few days.  Also in the works, hand made coasters featuring my work.  I’m pretty excited about them and the way they are turning out, so I should have them at the show on the 29th.

I’ll have photos of them soon, but for now—


Eastern Neck Island, Eastern Shore of Maryland

Which Bear?

Since my recent addition of bookmarks to my merchandise was so successful, I decided design a few more.  The fox one was easy enough, as my sister had already told me…repeatedly…which was her favorite.  ;)

I wanted to design a black bear bookmark as well, but I’ve been having trouble narrowing down my choices.  Then I realized that some of the images I was trying to choose from had never been shared (oops).

I decided to share them now and get YOUR input on which you’d like to see on a bookmark.


Black Bears and Walnuts


Cub On a Branch


Cub To Climb


Sitting Cub

Pick one. The image for the opposite side has already been chosen.

One person who participates on the blog or on Facebook will be chosen at random to receive a free bookmark. :)

There’s a story going around with a misleading title. It says a hiker “discovers” an abandoned town in the Smoky Mountains and photographs it. That’s like saying he discovered the visitor’s center or the park itself. The abandoned town (actually a club) is well known. A section of it can be driven through by the Elkmont Campground in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The rest of it can very easily be hiked/walked through.

Its a very cool area to explore and I did so myself (most recently last year). Check it out yourself the next time you’re in the area. Be respectful of the area so that others can explore it as well and keep in mind that the park would rather you didn’t enter the structures- both for your safety and the safety of the buildings.

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