Thursday, January 13, 2022

Looking Forward to 2022 – Meandering

“Looking Forward to 2022” – “Meandering”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography


Backstory to photo:

My family was on St. Simons Island for Thanksgiving. We spent a long weekend there. I looked forward to photographing the shorebirds.


St. Simons has a plethora of shorebirds. Since I was raised there and have shot a lot on the island, I know which part of the beach will typically yield the most birds.


 I got out early one morning, and the following morning, I was out at dawn. I am not a morning girl. Never have, never will, so it is hard for me to get out by sunrise to shoot.


This particular morning, I saw a great egret and a snowy egret looking for breakfast in the distance. I took my shoes off, crossed the water, and sat on a rock, watching them as they meandered. 


I like the landscape view with the egret walking around.


“Looking Forward to 2022”

As well as reflecting on a year, I also like to look forward to the new year. Although, I know it says in the scriptures, “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring” (Proverbs 27:1, NIV).


My husband and I are on the clasp of building a new house. It will be our forever home which will sit on the top of a hill overlooking a lake. We will get to see the sunset from our front porch. Talk about something to look forward to!


I’ve also been writing a book for almost two decades. Sometimes, I will diligently work on it, and other times I will lay it down for long periods. 


It is a book the Lord laid on my heart to write about my Mom’s death from ALS. The book continues to cover other deaths I have gone through. I took a massive leap of faith and hired an editor.


I look forward to what the Lord has for my book. 


I continue to see the Lord using me where He has me planted. It is exciting to see Him work and use this weak vessel to grow His kingdom.  



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Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia



Monday, January 10, 2022

“Looking Back to 2021” - “Year After Year”

 

“Looking Back to 2021” - “Year After Year”

Judy Royal Glenn Photography

Several Northern Harriers return to Cades Cove for the winter, year after year. The females and immatures are brown from above, whereas the males are a beautiful grey. He is nicknamed Gray Ghost. One thing is for sure; they know a good thing when they see it! 


They like to soar over the fields of the Cove as they look for a snack. I love how I captured this harrier as it soared in front of Dan Lawson’s barn. 


If you are interested in reading my backstory to my year, please click on my post on my Facebook Photography page.


Each year, I take time to look back at the year behind me. There are certain events I don’t like to remember, but there are happy memories too.


Some events shook me to my core and left me wondering how I would make it through. I leaned on Jesus during the hard times and was comforted by my dog Boo. Jesus and Boo showed me unconditional love. Boo knew when I was upset and would constantly lick me or snuggle against me. In essence, she was Jesus with fur on to me. 


May 22, at 5:32 a.m., Boo passed away. Her death was unexpected. Her kidneys failed after being on medicine for so long, but it controlled her seizures. She was a wonderful dog and my shadow. We miss Boo but are glad we had her in our lives.


On a positive note, we got two male puppies on July 22. They are littermates. They bring us so much happiness! 


One is a chocolate Yorkie, and the other is the traditional color. They were born one week after Boo passed away.


Each puppy is named after Boo. I called Boo all kinds of names. One silly name was Punkin Head. Don’t ask. I have no idea where that name came from.


The chocolate-colored one is Punkin, and the black and brown one is Little J. Little J stands for Little Jesus. That is not being silly or sacrilegious in any way. He is named after Boo, who gave me unconditional love during my hard times.


I got Covid the week of Thanksgiving. My case was extremely mild. I believe it is because I was fully vaccinated. Why was I spared when 5 million people were not? I believe it’s because I need to get my book about death published that the Lord laid on my heart. I am glad I'm alive so I can look back at my year.


 One Christmas day, everyone celebrated Jesus’ birthday—eating turkey, fellowshipping with family, and opening presents. I was horizontal at a different house and lay on my dog’s beds. They were snuggling with me.


I tested negative for Covid and the flu, but whatever I had kicked my butt. My doctor said something viral was going around.     


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

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Winter Wonderland!

“Winter Wonderland!”

Judy Royal Glenn Photography


What does one do when there were so many downed trees in Cades Cove yesterday, and it was closed? Make lemonade out of lemons.


My friend and I knew the Cove would be closed after we swung by the parkway and saw a gazillion trees crossing the road. Of course, we checked to see if the Cove was open to no avail.


So, we traveled back roads in Townsend and saw beautiful scenery everywhere. We would gasp as we gazed in awe. There was much anticipation around every curve in the road wondering what beauty awaited us. I was also in awe of God and His creativity and letting us enjoy the winter wonderland He created.


Not only did we see beautiful country scenery, we saw a black cow, a white horse, birds including an American kestrel, a donkey, a dog, and a squirrel family all in the snow. My favorite was the black cow in contrast with the snow. I can’t wait to post my photos!


We made one last attempt to see if the Cove was open and saw a line of taillights with cars turning around. We pulled in the Little River Campground and wanted to photograph the rushing water of the Little River adorned with snowy-covered branches.


When I walked across the bridge, I noticed a faceless snowman. The snowman looked bleak until I grabbed a few rocks to decorate his face. Something was still missing—a hat. I took my glove off and ever so carefully put it on his head. I did not want my glove falling into the river.


The snowman was finally complete—he was so cute. I appreciated the person who made it. 


Others came up to photograph him as well. My friend said, “Five dollars for each shot.”


It was a magical day. Will the Cove be open today? I don’t know. I am thankful for the workers that are trying to unleash the Cove from the trees blocking the road. Have a blessed day! 



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Location: Little River Campground, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Friday, December 31, 2021

My Favorite Five – “Thanksgiving Day Surprises”


My Favorite Five – “Thanksgiving Day Surprises”

Judy Royal Glenn Photography


Before I post my “top nine for 2021” photo on Instagram, I wanted to post my favorite five posts from 2021 and see the difference. 


Here they are……  


Backstory:

I’ve saved the life of many animals. It brings me great joy! 


Two baby cardinals fell from a nest and I rescued them. I saved the life of an Eastern red bat, a baby bunny from the jaws of a cat, and now, the life of a duck. Better yet, it was Thanksgiving Day.


I went to a local pond on St. Simons Island, Georgia to see if the hooded mergansers migrated yet. They were not there, but I enjoyed watching the ducks on the shore. 


One duck it particular had several other ducks around it under the brush. I wondered if she was laying an egg. 


As I was driving away, I noticed two goats following a gentleman on a motorized scooter. I stopped to speak to him. How often do you get to see a goat on the island?


His name is Doc. He mentioned the ducks would lay their eggs on the bank of the pond, but raccoons and other animals eat the eggs. He and another lady would gather the eggs. She bought two incubators to hatch them. 


I might know where an egg is. A smile lit my face as I looked down under the brush and found an egg. I was delighted. Doc said, “It’s still warm.” 


Doc took the lady the egg. I was quite ecstatic!


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Tuesday, December 28, 2021

My Favorite Five – “Ma, This Christmas Tree!”

My Favorite Five – “Ma, This Christmas Tree!”

Judy Royal Glenn Photography


Before I post my “top nine for 2021” photo on Instagram, I wanted to post my favorite five posts from 2021 and see the difference.


Christmas is not about picking the perfect tree—it is about Jesus born in a manger over 2000 years ago. He came to this earth to die on a cross for our sins. If we trust in Him and accept Him as Lord and Savior, we can be with Him in Heaven when we die.


It’s as simple as ABC. A — Admit that you are a sinner. (Romans 3:23)

B — Believe that Jesus, God’s only son, was born and died on the cross for your sins. (Acts 16:31)

C — Confess and repent of your sins and ask Him to be Lord of your life. (1 John 1:9)


Here they are……


Backstory:


Cubs are so cute to observe as they explore their new environment. This cub was no exception.


He first used his sense of smell and inhaled the aroma of the fir needles. He began to play with the branch, then became unstable and slipped off the log onto the forest floor.


Christmas was far away, but he wanted to pick out the Christmas tree early.


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

Friday, December 17, 2021

My Favorite Five – “Thankful”

My Favorite Five – "Thankful”

Judy Royal Glenn Photography


Before I post my “top nine for 2021” photo on Instagram, I wanted to post my favorite five posts from 2021 and see the difference. 


Here they are……  


Backstory:

I am thankful the Lord created so many beautiful animals for us to see. His nature is amazing.


I also love the way He works. Last year, a total stranger mentioned seeing a fox which led me to her!


Isn’t she gorgeous? 


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Wednesday, December 15, 2021

My Favorite Five – “Giddyup, Mama!”

My Favorite Five – “Giddyup, Mama!”

Judy Royal Glenn Photography


Before I post my “top nine for 2021” photo on Instagram, I wanted to post my favorite five posts from 2021 and see the difference. I thought I would post them here too. 


Here they are……  


Backstory:


Once in a while, you get a special opportunity when out photographing. A black bear and her cubs graced my presence. They meandered about on Sparks Lane for a while. I parked my car at the top of the hill and Hazel and her cubs decided to walk near it. 


While I was photographing her, I noticed another set of ears popping up on her back. One of her cubs climbed on her back and told her, “Giddyup, Mama!”


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

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

“Kung Fu Fighting”

“Kung Fu Fighting”

Judy Royal Glenn Photography


This spring, these black bear cubs had a blast in Cades Cove on their field trip as they were kung fu fighting on top of a log. They also got to climb trees, play peek-a-boo, pick out a Christmas tree, sneak attack their siblings, sleep in a tree, nurse on Mom’s rich milk, play follow the leader on a log, cross the road safely, and observe those funny humans while peering through weeds as tall as they were. 


These little ones were playing right before the Missionary Baptist Church. They were putting on a show. Boy did they create quite a bear jam that day! 


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

Friday, November 5, 2021

A Whale of a Bear!

“A Whale of a Bear!”

Judy Royal Glenn Photography


Last year, it was nearing Thanksgiving, and I went to Cades Cove. I hadn’t photographed too many critters that I thought worthy of sharing until I came upon one of the largest bears I have ever seen in the Cove.


The bear was sitting under a walnut tree fattening up winter by eating walnuts. There was quite a crowd, but nothing deterred the bear from eating.


Once, the bear stood up next to the tree, and it showed its scale. I’m not good with identifying the bears. 


Does anyone know for certain which one this is, and did you see it?


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


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

Friday, October 29, 2021

“A Blustery Day in Cades Cove” - Cades Cove Closed Yesterday Due to Downed Trees

A Blustery Day in Cades Cove”

Cades Cove Closed Yesterday Due to Downed Trees

Judy Royal Glenn Photography


Yesterday was blustery in Cades Cove, Tennessee, so much so that the Cove shut down to keep everyone safe.


The wind was so strong that it knocked me to and fro. I have never been in such strong wind. I can’t imagine what the wind gusts were.


I spent hiking, and I found two does eating seed pods. This photo is not spectacular, but I wanted to tell the story of the strong wind by choosing a photo that showed leaves flying everywhere. 


 As I was traveling down Hyatt Lane, I noticed a long line of cars near Dan Lawson. I thought it was a bear jam and decided to turn around. I was so excited because there weren’t many cars!


Once I got to the Visitor Center, I noticed cars were going up Loop Road the wrong way and parking in the parking lot.


I talked to two of my favorite volunteers, Nancy and Dave, and found out Cades Cove Loop Road and Laurel Creek Road were closed due to downed trees that had fallen on the road. There was also an injury and property damage which I assumed were cars.


Well, when given lemons, make lemonade. I saw two photography friends I hadn’t seen in a year. We had a picnic in their car and chatted. My friend stayed in the car with their older dog while her husband and I walked down the open road to hike and see if we saw any critters. 


The only interesting we saw were three Wooly Bear caterpillars crossing the road. They would have probably gotten squished if the cars were

 traveling on the road.


By the time we got back, the road was clear, and everyone had to exit the Cove.


I have several videos of the day on my Instagram account if you would like to see the fall color and a video of the wind. I also took pano shots of the mountains:) Visit my Instagram.


Were you there yesterday?


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

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

A Good Ole’ Fashion Whoopin’

“Black Bear Cub Gets a Good Ole’ Fashion Whoopin’”
The Rest of the Story – Part II
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

Last week someone requested I post another photo of the sleeping bear in Cades Cove, so here it is. The incident caused the biggest “bear jam.” My story told of the bears getting bored because the mamma bear did not want to share the walnuts she cracked open.


One cub learned the lesson of not bothering mamma’s food the hard way and got a good ‘ole fashion whoopin.’ The swift discipline happened in the blink of an eye with no warning. Leaves were flying!


I did not think but just held down the camera’s shutter and took a series of photos. Meanwhile, the sleeping cub raised his head to check out the commotion.


Terror could be seen in the disciplined bear’s eyes as mamma’s claws dug into his fur. It was a moment he will never forget.


I wish I could see her head to see what she was doing. Maybe she was giving him a firm bite. At least I got the expression on the cub’s face.


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

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

It’s Their Home

“It’s Their Home”

Judy Royal Glenn Photography


Late yesterday afternoon in Cades Cove turned into a long line of cars because a bear family stayed in the road. One cub even tried to sleep on the road.


The line of cars backed up to the entrance to Cades Cove Loop Road. I didn’t want to get in the traffic but decided to in hopes of photographing bears. To make the situation merrier, I turned on Christmas music and had a jolly ride.


The staff tried to manage the problem the best they could to keep the bears and visitors safe. 


One by one, visitors managed their cars as instructed by the staff. Some had to stop or move their car around the bears.

Others honked their horns as directed to encourage the bears to move.


The mamma bear was not excited to share the walnuts she cracked open. One cub was scolded with a sudden snare and body pounce as he got too close to her meal. So, the cubs were bored and wandered around or rested.


Two cubs started trotting down the road. People were scattered around so they cleared the way. Soon mamma bear and another cub pursued. They walked down the road to another walnut tree. The mamma ate as two cubs climbed the tree. The excitement ended as they walked into the woods and disappeared.


We as visitors can’t complain about the long line of cars. I sat in it for at least an hour. Cades Cove is their home—we are just visitors. 


Now you know the rest of the story. 


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

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