Florals

More macro/closeup photography from my tiny photo project. Don’t forget to follow me on instagram to see more of this project, as well as pictures of my cat wearing a bandanna, if you are so inclined. He’s really cute. @constantholidayfilms

 

Brasstown Bald

This weekend I was able to get up to North Georgia and hike the approach trail to Brasstown Bald, the highest mountain in Georgia. The summit is only 4600 feet above sea level, so it’s no Everest, but the heat and the steepness of the half-mile trail made me appreciate all the wildflowers – and the opportunity to stop and catch my breath while I photographed them.

 

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As you can see the woods are full of pollinators, always a happy sight these days. The whole area is part of the Chattahoochee National Forest, and there’s both an excellent visitor’s center and a shuttle from the parking area to the summit if you have someone who’s differently abeled or it’s just too darn hot for the hike. I highly reccomend it though – you struggle up the switchbacks (I struggled, at least; you may be less lazy than I am) and as you reach the last turn the fire tower at the summit leaps into to view, and the valley views spread out all around you.

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The Appalachian Trail runs nearby, as well as some other good hiking trails. I’m looking forward to getting back to the area and exploring more.

 

 

The Thing with Feathers

Some new images from my recent trip to Hondouras. I’ll have some upcoming posts about the trip, but in the meantime these are from the folks at Macaw Mountain, a bird rehabilitation and rescue facilty in Copan, Hondouras. They take in injured and abandoned birds, and have a robust program that has allowed free-flying Macaws – the sacred bird of the Maya – to once again soar over the spectacular ruins of Copan, one of the most beautiful of the Mayan cities. The colors and beauty of these birds cannot be overstated, but to see them in flight over the centuries-old ruins – time suddenly stands still, and the past seems very close.

You can check out their website here if you are interested, and if you travel to that area be sure to pay them a visit.

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Photo of the Day: Beach

I had some family-related time in Florida and shot these on the beach near where I grew up. During the day it was all hustle-a-bustle, but at sunset everyone but the Ospreys go home and suddenly it’s the empty beach of my teen years, suffused with memories.

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Trigger Warning: Spiders

Don’t say I didn’t warn you….

 

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This not-so-little guy showed up on Saturday, taking a stroll across the carpet. He probably wandered in the open back door to the patio. I wanted to see how close my phone camera would focus, and I think we can all agreed it’s pretty damn close. He’s about the size of an American 50-cent coin, if you know what those are.

After some google-fu I think I’ve established that this little guy or gal is a fishing spider, which makes sense since we have a pond next to the patio. After he posed for photos I got him into a mason jar and escorted him to safety out in the flower patch. Everyone involved seemed relieved at the solution, not least of all the spider, who will live to catch more tadpoles another day.