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I love photography. I love the challenges of finding people and places that make interesting pictures. I love telling a story with photos. I love the thrill of overcoming adversity and obstacles, even danger (ie: standing in icy water up to my thighs, tangling with barbed wire, running from angry animals, risking being hit by moving vehicles or machines, nearly drowning, almost being electrocuted, dodging bottles thrown by drunks) to get that perfect shot which captures something amazing.....a moment, a look, a feeling, an idea, a small detail or commonplace event which most people are marginally aware of but never REALLY take a good look at and appreciate for what it is. I go places off the beaten track that no one else thinks of visiting, and take photos that no one else has taken of those places....hidden gems. Most of all, I love sharing the world and what I see in it WITH the rest of the world. Have a look and tell me what you think, or how it makes you feel. If you are looking for a specific image for use in publishing or print and want to use any of my images, please contact me and leave a message, so we can make arrangements. Cheers-

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thanks, if I remember correctly I used an 85mm with a soft-spot filter on Agfa HDC 100.

Hi there! Man you must have been out in the middle of the forest to find these places. I used to live in Lake City nearby, so I can tell you that these little "lakes" and ponds are not always natural. Many of them are what was nick-named "borrow-pits" that had been used as sources of lime and sand for roadbuilding back during the Depression era, and later. The government did not have the foresight back then to consider the effect it might have on the environment in future years. So...the diggers came into areas with buried sand deposits and limepits and dug them out to be used as a base beneath the interstate and local roads which were being built from the 1920s to the 1950s. (So I have been told by locals, and forest rangers.) The "borrow-pits" were a popular hangout on weekends for teenagers to go drinking and making out(in my day anyway) Thanks for sharing! it brought back some memories

Nice Shot! Reminds me of a place called Starrs Mill in Fayette County,back in my home state of Georgia.

Gorgeous. I proposed to my wife at the foot of a waterfall in my home state of Georgia...the place was called Amicalola Falls and is a state park now.

What a beautiful place. Great shot.

Coppicing is an ancient traditional way of managing woodlands and maintaining a sustainable source of wood for building and making fires, etc. The way trees are coppiced now is a variation of the old "woodbank" way of doing it. The older or dead branches are cut from the trees to promote new growth, and the dead branches are laid in a circle around the tree, to build up a barrier against cattle and deer who eat the new green shoots.Some of the deanfences are several feet high and very tricky to circumvent. To learn more copy and paste this link: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-hatfieldforest/w-hatfieldforest-management/w-hatfieldforest-management-coppicing.htm

This is Gog,an English Oak that is roughly 1,000 years old. It is a massive tree and my photos do not do it justice;a person standing next to the trunk is easily dwarfed by its size. The clearing around this tree contains blackberry thicket loaded with berries in late summer,and another giant ancient oak called Magog. Gog and Magog were the ancient guardians of the city of London, and were revered by the britonnic tribes. Magog(the oak tree)is unfortunately now a deceased but still stands.Some of its branches have since been removed for safety reasons, and left beneath Gog. I counted over 150 annual rings on one end of a branch that had been cut off of Magog. This is a very quiet, off the beaten path,special place. Gog and Magog stand guard over the southern part of the forest here,and it is even more sacred because of their presence.

.....LIKE+FAVORIT...... Fantastic shot and wonderful colors. Best regards, Moni

Thanks (danke) for the kind remark. The water was not so bad, as it was summer, but getting to it was a challenge and very slippery!

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