Postcards from Real Life: Winter

We’re in the thick of winter finally. It was beginning to look like we wouldn’t have to break out the heavy coats here in Georgia this season but it is here now. And just in time for me to head off to Tremont for the Winter Woody Plant ID class. The funny thing is that I’m no longer acclimated to …

Possibilities

Today I head back to Tremont for the next class in my pursuit of the Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification. It’s a little trip, just a weekend, but it is travel nonetheless and a very welcome adventure at that. In spite of the “littleness” of this journey in terms of time and distance, I’m still excited about what lies ahead. So …

Autumn in Elkmont

A few weeks ago I took the boys to the Smokies for a long weekend and it was simple and blissful. It wasn’t a trip highlighted by outrageous adventures with stories we’ll be telling for years to come. It was a trip of relaxation, rejuvenation, exploring, and one subtlely wonderful moment followed by another. We were treated to the crisp …

Postcards from Real Life: Artistry

It’s time! Time to head back to Tremont for the Autumn Brilliance workshop. As I set forth this morning, it’s more about getting a break from the house-selling insanity than the photography but I’m hopeful by the time I get there, I’ll be in the proper mindset to focus on improving my skills and not just getting away from suburbia. …

Time to Get Your Tremont On…

In just a few short weeks I will again set off to the Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont for the Autumn Brilliance Workshop with Will Clay. My thoughts… Just to refresh your memory on my love affair with this place, here’s a roundup of what I’ve written about Tremont so far… Autumn Brilliance in the Smokies Friends of Camp …

Postcards from Real Life: Curiosity

I’m back to Tremont today for the next installment towards my Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification. A short weekend full of study that will not satisfy my curiosity but fuel it further because there is no end to what can be discovered in the Smokies. We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity …

Memories of Trees

So the good folks over at Boots N All have been issuing weekly Indie travel Challenges all year. For all of my good intentions, I’ve yet to get a post submitted…until now. Last week’s challenge was to simply to pick five travel photos to share. As you can see in the challenge post, the author chose images from some obviously …

Going Solo

I know you parents out there feel my pain. As rich as our kids make our lives, sometimes you need a little adult time. And when you spend as much time together as we do in our roadschooling pursuits, that becomes the understatement of the decade. I’ve alluded to my July solo trip to the Smokies in recent posts about …

Tremont Kids Have Their Say…

I’ve sounded in quite a bit on my love of The Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, particularly the photography workshops they offer. So you already know how I feel about this place even without me having yet reported on the SANCP program I’ve been immersed in this year. But as I mentioned in last week’s postcard, I spent some …

Postcards from Real Life: Requiem

Back in July, yours truly headed off to the Smoky Mountains for a couple of weeks of solo exploration. It was a much needed mental reset. I spent part of that self-restoration time shooting this tree as the fog rolled through Cades Cove after a storm. Standing in a field on Sparks Lane at dusk, I was treated to a …