Have you ever seen the Pink Swallowtail butterfly?—No?
Well, I suppose that’s because there is no such thing.
[Pink Swallowtail. Photoshop.]
This photo of a yellow Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail is my one and only experiment with Photoshop ever. You’ll notice by comparing it with the original below that I also de-colorized the ground and sharpened the image a bit. I like how this emphasized the natural circle of light around the butterfly which was filtering down through the leaves above me.
You never know what your creative side will think of next. I wonder what creative possibilities went through the infinite mind of God when He said,
Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.—Genesis 1:24, ESV
[Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail. Nikon D40. Smoky Mountains, NC. June, 2009.]
It’s the first Friday in September. In the north autumn is underway. Here in Atlanta, I can feel it on the horizon. Now our thoughts turn to football, sweaters, and hot chocolate, and my personal favorites: camping, colors, and mountain air.
Here’s a few reasons I’ve enjoyed autumns past, and why I look forward to September-November every year.
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Graveyard Fields on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Grandkids at Burt’s Pumpkin Farm, Dawsonville, GA
The View from our house
Grey Fence and Black Eyed Susan
Hickory (I think) on Clingman’s Dome in the Smoky Mountains
Japanese maple leaves in my front yard
Sunrising Over the Len Foote Hike Inn, GA
A View From Clingman’s Dome
The view along the Linn Cove Viaduct, Blue Ridge Parkway
Hiking Tallulah Gorge (one of my favorite photos of Dawn)
Waterfall in Smoky Mountain National Park
Solitude for Heidi, Round Bald, Roan Mountain State Park, TN
[Smoky Mountain elk herd crossing the Oconaluftee River. October, 2013. full-size]
We found this herd of rogue elk deliberately ignoring the partial government shutdown! We caught them grazing in the Mountain Farm exhibit at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center, and resting in the Oconaluftee River. These elk shenanigans and the shutdown of Great Smoky Mountain National Park during our annual camping trip was enough to make me feel like a Grumpy Cat.