Friday, June 19, 2020

Quitting Time

“Quitting Time”

Judy Royal Glenn Photography

 

The horses in Cades Cove, Tennessee work hard during the day taking guests on trail rides. I love photographing them when they get off from work then sprint to see the other horses in the pasture. The markings from the saddle can still be seen on his back.

 

I envisioned this shot when I saw the beautiful yellow flowers. By the time I got to photograph the horses, it was raining. It did not stop me from taking the shot.  


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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Pandemonium

“Pandemonium”

Judy Royal Glenn Photography

 

A tranquil spring afternoon unfolded in front of me at Cades Cove, Tennessee. A mama sow and her three yearlings were doing what bears do—foraging for food in the luscious green fields.

 

The bears were causing quite a stir. People were doing crazy things to get the treasured shot. One young lady climbed a tree that we told her had poison ivy on it and she replied, “That doesn’t matter” as she scampered up the tree. Another lady wouldn’t let the bear cross the road and got too up close and personal and the sow bluff charged her.

 

The story behind this shot was even better. A man climbed in a bunch of shrub trees because the grass was quite tall, and it was difficult to get a good shot of the bears. Then it happened. The mama bear and one yearling stood to their feet and another was on alert. The man fell out of the shrubs and it freaked the bears out.

 

The yearling in the bottom of the photo charged half-way to the man. No one knew what was going to happen next. Luckily for the man, the yearling came back.

 

Two of the yearlings shot up a tall tree and one tried to sleep to recover from the scare. Mama bear settled down after standing up once again to assess the scene.

 

Wow! What an encounter!  


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

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Fallen Vietnam Vet Given Special Honor the Day After Memorial Day With a Butterfly Release

"Fallen Vietnam Vet Given Special Honor the Day After Memorial Day With a Butterfly Release"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

Today this butterfly is being released in memory and honor of Pfc. Schroeder who was killed in action in Vietnam in 1968.

The release is special because the butterfly eclosed (came out of his chrysalis) on Memorial Day 2020. My dear friend's husband served in Vietnam. I asked if he had anyone he would like a butterfly to be released for. He did. 


This video talks about the tribute and butterfly release.


The butterfly takes its first real flight.

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Location: Knoxville, Tennessee



Friday, May 22, 2020

You’re Not Alone

“You’re Not Alone”

Judy Royal Glenn Photography

 

I first noticed this black bear yearling in Cades Cove last year as he was running across the road. My first glance was a bear butt as he entered the woods. Before long, he was in a field sitting all alone.

 

Mama bears give birth in January and stay with their cubs for about 16-17 months. Watching their bond is amazing to witness. She devotes her life protecting them from danger and teaches them what to eat.

 

  The sad part occurs when she must chase them away. June rolls around and it’s mating season. She allows the yearlings to stay in her territory but avoids those areas. When she does encounter them, she chases them away. 

 

Yearlings must figure out things on their own. Eventually, they become confident, independent bears and start a family of their own.

 

The good news is we are never alone. It may feel like it with the quarantine because of the Coronavirus. But God is with us every step of the way. No matter what we have done, he still loves us.

 

God said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)

 

I hope you have a “beary” good Memorial Day Weekend!


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


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Monday, May 18, 2020

Posed Poppy

“Posed Poppy”

Judy Royal Glenn Photography

 

I love the field of poppies at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia—they explode with color. It will stop you in your tracks.

 

This image was taken in May 2018. I wonder if they are shining their pretty little heads off right now.


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Location: Athens, Georgia - State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Friday, May 15, 2020

Wylie Coyote

“Wylie Coyote”

Judy Royal Glenn Photography

 

Word was out—a coyote was hanging out at the restrooms in Cades Cove late in the evening. I was shooting with some other photographers, and I told them I wanted to see the coyote.

 

First, let me say that more than likely the reason he was there is people are probably feeding him. Don’t feed the coyote! His long tail was tucked beneath his legs signifying he did not want to be there.

 

People were calling him Wylie. A lady believed he was part dog because of his white legs. He did sit like a dog in the parking lot staring at the cars as they passed by.

 

I wish he was like the other coyote in the field next to him looking for rodents. That’s what coyotes are supposed to do.


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

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Home In

"Home In”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

I went to the Fort Loudoun Dam to photograph the ospreys as they fished for their next meal.

I saw a bunch of tree swallows darting across the water. They would home in on their target like a missile. I thought maybe they were snatching up minnows.

 As I was editing my photos, what they were doing became clear. Tiny insects lurked above the water and became prime targets for the swallows.

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Location: Lenoir City, Tennessee

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Drenched

“Drenched”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

This image is of a white-tailed deer named Brownie in Cades Cove, Tennessee. He is well noted by photographers.

Several of us enjoyed photographing him in January. It was a rainy day. I was bold shooting in the rain because I was protected and so was my gear.

He stopped walking and began to shake the rain that collected on his fur. My shutter speed wasn’t where it needed to be, but I will take what I can get. It is likely that I may not get to capture a photo like this again.

I look forward to getting back to Cades Cove and enjoy seeing the beauty found within.

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

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Daydreamer

“Daydreamer”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

Back in 2017 in Cades Cove, Tennessee, a momma bear named Hazel was hanging near the road with her cubs. The cubs enjoyed playing amongst the trees and shrubs. This little one stopped to daydream.

The cubs are out exploring and haven’t had the chance to experience seeing humans. I’m daydreaming when I will get the chance to meet them. What a better way to celebrate Earth Day by thinking about what I love to photograph most—black bears!! I miss you!!

Happy Earth Day 2020!!

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

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Matilda

“Matilda”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

A female mallard duck takes advantage of the quiet playgrounds amid the coronavirus and lays eggs.

Meet Matilda, a female mallard—my new friend. Since the playgrounds are closed because of the coronavirus, they have become a quiet place of peace and solitude. This serenity attracted Matilda to lay a clutch of about 18 eggs underneath the green stairs next to a red slide.

I asked a worker if he had seen any wildlife. He answered, “There are mainly squirrels and ducks.” He then told me about a duck laying on eggs and directed me to her new home.

I gave her duck food to comfort her and waited till the light was void of the harsh shadows to photograph her.

The last time I visited, she was off the nest preening near her mate. This opportunity let me see her eggs from a distance. I can’t wait to meet all her ducklings!!

She is definitely practicing social distancing and has her house decorated early for Christmas!

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Lenoir City, Tennessee

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Clean Your Paws

“Clean Your Paws”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

This is the second time Peter Cottontail has blessed me with his presence. Yes, I named him and can identify him by several ticks on his body. He is not timid or scared around humans.

Jesus gave me an hour photoshoot with him. For eight minutes he stood on his hind legs, and for one-and-a-half minutes he cleaned himself!

I am taking a photography class from Tin Man Lee. I tried to incorporate his techniques of shooting and editing in this shot.

Remember during this time, to keep your paws clean, stay safe, and I hope you have a blessed Easter!!

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Location: Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Through the Briars

“Through the Briars”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

Sometimes we walk through circumstances when we are jabbed from all directions. It’s like walking through a briar patch. We can’t see clearly where we are headed or how things will work out. Somehow, we found our way into the middle of the patch.

But, do you know who can see clearly? The Lord. He has mapped out the path. We just have to take one step at a time.

The Lord is omnipotent and is looking from above. He can clearly see the way out.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105

Are you in a briar patch? I am. But I know the Lord is right by my side.

**Photo taken in 2019

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

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

His Love for Me

“His Love for Me”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

During this difficult time of uncertainty because of the Coronavirus, you can rest assured God is in control.

Social distancing is something I’d never heard before this virus. You may be miles apart from your loved ones or feel miles apart from them in your own home. But God is with you every step of the way. 

I don’t know what you are going through, but God is greater. ”You, little children, are from God and have overcome them, because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4  

Brian Littrell wrote a song titled Over my Head. Many years ago, I played it over and over a million times during one of the most difficult times in my life. Through his song, the Lord reached down and literally touched my heart and soul. He showed me the depths of His love for me. 1 John 4:4

Jeremiah 33:3 states, “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” 

Numbers 6:24-26 states, “May the LORD bless you and keep you;
May the LORD cause His face to shine upon you
And be gracious to you;
May the LORD lift up His countenance toward you
And give you peace.” 

It is neat that this monarch butterfly looks like he is giving the flower a hug. 

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Location: Athens, Georgia


Thursday, March 19, 2020

His Eye

“His Eye”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

Today, I started singing the hymn His Eye is on the Sparrow. I asked the Lord to lay songs on my heart, to give me a word from Him, or to give me dreams.

Life has been difficult for me the last few weeks. Life can toss you too and fro but keeping my eye on the Lord has kept me centered. The Lord did not promise we would not see trials and tribulations, in fact, the Bible has many verses about it.

The Coronavirus has people up in arms. But, let me share with you a word from the Lord I received almost ten years ago. “When there is not enough…..there is……I AM!”

I wasn’t going through hard times when I received His word. It has ministered to me greatly in hard times.

Jesus said, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” Matthew 6:26

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Location: Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Monday, March 16, 2020

The Jesus Effect

“The Jesus Effect”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

Have you ever heard of the butterfly effect—because one thing happens, something else happens?

In my photography, I would rather call it the Jesus effect. I ask the Lord to show me or bring to me what He wants me to photograph. So, the Lord may bring me something to photograph, which may lead to me photographing something even better.

This particular day at Radnor State Park, I enjoyed finding critters to photograph with another photographer. We found an owl earlier, and then I saw the cutest chipmunk taking nesting materials to his hole.

While I was photographing the chipmunk, a lady walked by, and I showed it to her. She said, “There is an owl around the corner.” After getting a better description of where he was, we ran like crazy in hopes we would find it.

He was right where she said. We were delighted to say the least. We photographed the owl a while, then he flew across the road and posed in a tree.

My friend was hoping he would fly down and grab a vole. After he left, the owl did try twice to catch something but failed both times. This was the parting shot he let me take.

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Location: Nashville, Tennessee
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