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Rough Ridge, South face of Grandfather Mountain looking SW, located between Linville and Blowing Rock off the Blue Ridge Parkway, NC, USA
©2015 Miles A Moody All Rights Reserved
Nikon D610, 1/6 sec, F/22, 35 mm, Gitzo Tripod, Nikon Head, post processing in CS5
God only knows how long that little Fir Tree has clung to this rock escarpment – like a naturally occurring Banzai Tree, I suspect. Only a couple of feet in height, it has probably weathered every kind of storm that mother nature can fling at the side of Grandfather Mountain. I would like to imagine that just now, this stooped and bedraggled little ole lady of a thing is feeling like it has all been worth it. It’s not hard for me to hear the theme song to the ‘Sound of Music’ as the joy of Maria simply springs to life to set the sap flowing anew in this little tree. Like she’s brand new again, she just gazes into the setting sun and smiles inside herself. And maybe she lets out a silent little tree sigh and says to herself, “I reckon I can die now if the Lord sees fit because life can’t possibly hand me anything more grand than this.” ~Miles A Moody
Some number of years ago, while hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains, I had this really neat experience while watching a couple of deer foraging in the forest. I got quite lost in the experience and abruptly I noticed a variety of sounds in the space surrounding me. When I looked to see what it was all about, I noticed that all manner of little creatures had seemingly come out of nowhere. They were going about their business as if I wasn’t there at all. The simplicity and innocence that I felt in that moment was unforgettable. I created this image in trying to capture something of the essense that I experienced that day.
A digital compilation that I created in Photoshop CC using stocks that I photographed in my immediate vicinity at locations such as Wilson Creek Gorge, Cone Manor, Green Mountain Deer Rescue, Whitesides Mountain, and Linville Gorge. Stocks were also obtained from Pixabay.com. The image of the whitetail buck was purchased.
This is a crop of the original work. This image allows for a closer examination of the detail and meticulous care taken in selecting the hawk for addition into the sunset image that I photographed.
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I captured this Mountain sunset a week ago in September (2017) at Rough Ridge on the south side of Grandfather Mountain. GFM State Park, North Carolina, USA. I was surprised to find the Autumn change in color already in motion.
Nikon D610, Nikkor AF-S 20mm D, F/22, ISO 500, Gitzo Tripod, RSS head, PP in PS CC and Photomatix, 3 images exposed at 1/8, 1/2 and 2 seconds
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I had to do quite a bit of work on this lovely hawk to get her in the right frame of mind, so to speak, for the spirit I hoped to instill into the work. So I freed her of her leg bindings and positioned her head for landing. Layering in Photoshop CC
5355 × 4016 ©2017 Miles A Moody All Rights Reserved. Created in Photoshop CC and Photomatix Pro.
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I captured this sunset landscape in the Roan Highlands June 11, 2017. I added the owls in post production. Jane’s Bald, North Carolina, USA
Nikon D610, Nikkor 2.8D AF 20 mm, F/22, ISO 200, Gitzo Tripod, RSS head, HDR processed using 3 images exposed at 1/1.6, 2.5 and 10 seconds.
What might it be like to free oneself of the shackles of the mind? To take wing and rise above the cares of this world? To live each moment unfettered and undeterred by the concerns of the day? To go forth with a fullness of heart, partaking of an abundant and benevolent provider? My guess is that this would be all that the word ‘liberty’ is meant to express. In sharing this work here with you, it is my dream, my hope, that you and I might know all that it is to be truly free.
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