The Pioneers of Osceola

I participated in Scott Kelby’s 4th annual Worldwide Photowalk on Saturday October 1st in beautiful downtown Kissimmee, Florida. It was an absolute treat to photograph an area that isn’t too far from me but yet I have never been to. I have joined all 4 photowalks and have always enjoyed doing so. On this particular day the weather was very nice and it was perfect to walk around and explore a new town. I am drawn to architectural elements and had researched this area to see what was there to shoot. I found out about this courthouse and where it was located and knew I needed to see it in person. After exploring every side and angle of this impressive building I came across this scene and was stopped in my tracks. The way the light was coming through the trees and lighting up the area behind the statue was amazing. The sun just in the corner of the scene was perfect!

For more information about the history of the courthouse click here: Osceola County Historical Courthouse.

For more information about the statue please click here.

Enchantment

I recently had the privilege of visiting Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida. This place is absolutely amazing! Boasting a tower that stands 205 feet tall with a 60 bell carillon that plays music daily, it is definitely a sight to behold. During my visit I walked through the gardens to the tower taking pictures along the way. Also on the property is the beautiful Pinewood Estate, a Mediterranean-style home that was built in the early 1930’s. I explored around outside of the house for awhile getting different shots. When I ventured around the back this is what I saw.  The shadows caught my eye and were the inspiration for this shot. In upcoming posts I will have pictures of the tower as well as some of the other eye-catching things I shot on this day, so please do stay tuned.

Cedar Bluff United Methodist Church

On my quest to find this bridge I came across this quaint church. I was driving out some beautiful country roads just outside of Sevierville, Tennessee and had to stop and take pictures. I am a sucker for architecture and I love churches! The setting of the hills and farmland really gets to me. This was shot in March and the trees were still bare as the temperature was still pretty cold.

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1948 Lincoln Continental

Here is a shot from the archives. For some reason I never got around to processing it. I love shooting cars! They really make great subjects for HDR photography. This was taken at the Run For The Son Car Show in Tarpon Springs, Florida October 2, 2010. The sky was extremely cooperative in presenting me with beautiful clouds to accentuate this image. This car is extremely awesome to see in person. I am a huge fan of chrome and this ride is decked out very nicely with it. The way the sun glints off it is just fantastic!

Bald River Falls

To get this shot required a long day of driving. I started out in Gatlinburg, Tennessee early in the morning and drove through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Townsend. From Townsend I picked up the Foothills Parkway to Chilhowee where this shot was taken on a previous day. Not far from here is the beginning of the exciting “Tail of the Dragon”.  Biker enthusiasts from all over travel to drive this spectacular winding road that covers 318 curves in 11 miles.  I ventured through here and it was an awesome drive in a car. Riding a bike through there one day is definitely on my bucket list!  At the end of the “Dragon” I traveled on to Fontana Dam in North Carolina and ended up in Robbinsville to drive across the beautifully scenic Cherohala Skyway, it was absolutely breathtaking.  Before reaching the end of the skyway I saw a sign for a waterfall. I decided to take that road and see what I would find. The road to get to the falls is an old service road that runs along the river with LOTS of photo opportunities along the way. When I finally arrived this is what I saw!

This spectacular waterfall is situated in the Cherokee National Forest. Cascading down over the rocks at about 100 feet the sound of the rushing water is something to behold in person.

I ended the day with an awesome bar-b-que sandwich at a little family restaurant called “Nut-n-Fancy” in Tellico Plains, Tennessee.  Then I came full circle back to Gatlinburg after a very long, not planned out day of exploring.  Started the morning just seeing where I ended up – My favorite kind of day!