Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Airborne on Tallulah Gorge

“Airborne on Tallulah Gorge”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

A few members of the Athens Photography Guild (APG) headed to Tallulah Gorge State Park for a photo shoot recently. The day we went was one of several water release dates set by the park.

  I had the privilege of going in 2013 for the first time for this neat event. Why is it neat? Normally, there are 35-40 CFS (cubic feet per second) flowing through the gorge. The day we went there were 500 CFS! 

This is a huge date for kayakers to enjoy the water and test their skills.

What an awesome experience to be able to photograph world-class kayakers going over fast moving rapids including a class five rapid. 

The last release dates for this year are November 18 & 19! Get outside!

Location: Tallulah Falls, Georgia

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Cades Cove’s First Snowfall

“Cades Cove’s First Snowfall”
Jud Royal Glenn Photography

I’m normally not a last minute planner, I and don’t like to fly by the seat of my pants, but late Saturday afternoon a week ago, I started looking into my next trip to Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I had everything pretty much planned out then I saw a 40% chance of snow for the next day. Around suppertime on Saturday, I sat down with my husband to make a final decision.

As we talked, I was reluctant to leave Sunday morning because the chance of snow was for only four hours. I was thinking maybe I shouldn’t go, but he encouraged me to. From the time I finished my plans until the time I got in my car to go, 12 hours had expired.

I left at 3:45 a.m. and headed north. As I got closer to Cades Cove, it started to snow. It snowed on and off until I arrived.

As I drove farther and farther down Laurel Creek Road, I started to see snow in the treetops. It was a winter wonderland, and I was as giddy as a schoolgirl.

I guess there may have been 1½ inches of snow. At times, it snowed hard and visitors were using umbrellas to shelter themselves.

My heart was divided because I wanted to photograph a bear in the snow, but I also saw the beauty of the snow against the fall colors. I photographed way more landscapes than I normally do.

I was disappointed that I did not see a bear that day. I can only imagine what the cubs were thinking of the snow. They were probably all hunkered down staying warm!

Location: Cades Cove, Tennessee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Fading Beauty

“Fading Beauty”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

When I am out shooting, sometimes the subject jumps out at me, and I know I need to photograph it. Other times, I have to search and search for the perfect shot.

This flower was one of those subjects that shouted for me to take its photograph. There wasn’t anything striking about it. It’s fading beauty still shone through. I just needed to put it against the perfect background.

I typically do not center my photographs, but this is one of those moments that worked, so I broke the rules. What emotions does it evoke in you? 

Location: Helen, Georgia

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Masterfully Orchestrated

“Masterfully Orchestrated”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

The Lord’s handiwork can be seen throughout creation—nature’s complexity is absolutely amazing!

The monarch butterflies are on their journey to Mexico, which is an astounding feat in itself. Only the fourth generation makes the 2,500-mile trip. If you’ve never read about their life cycle, I think you will enjoy reading it.

What is mind-blowing is that each butterfly knows how to get to Mexico yet they have never been! To top that, they mate and make the long trip back! Our Heavenly Father orchestrates it all.

Location: A farm in Helen, Georgia

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Tussling with Mom

“Tussling with Mom"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

A momma bear interacting with her cubs is one of the most fascinating things I think I have ever witnessed. Watching them is just mesmerizing.

This sow had two yearlings and enjoyed playing with them in the open field. Several times it appeared as though she had one pinned to the ground as they were playing. I wish I could watch those moments every day!

Location: Cades Cove, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park