From all the possibilities, honored to have "Whiteout" selected as the gift given to the 300 plus volunteers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park for National Volunteers Week 2021. It was printed on lens cloth to use on glasses and camera lenses. Sized 6.5 x 6.5 inches. Along with the cloth they received my interpretative statement:
Sometimes the weather forecasts get it right. It said that starting at Noon on Friday a front would roll into the Great Smoky Mountains area. They predicted a 100 percent chance of rain for the next 36+ hours.
Like clockwork, the rain came. It started pouring just as I arrived at the top of Grotto Falls!
The rain continued for several days.
With this being the last weekend of my Artist Residency at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, I decided to brave the constant rain and return that Sunday to a place I had visited often for sunrise and sunset. The camera, the tripod, and I all wore rain gear.
For an hour I watched and waited, as "smoke" slowly drifted lower and lower across the valley at Morton's Overlook, to capture this decisive moment of clouds, mist and fog over the Smokies.
Phoenix, GRSM Artist-In-Resident
First weekend in May started with wonderful coverage in The Mountain Press. Thanks Juli Neil and TMP for running article on story behind the "Disappearing Hemlock" photograph taken during my Artist in Residence at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Biggest TY goes to GSMNP forester Jesse Webster for working so hard to save these trees and the eco-systems they support.
So honored that one of my images inspired a reporter to research this conservation story.
Sunsets to stir your soul...
"Blazing Sunset" and "Pa hay okee Sunset" have been selected for the Business for the Arts of Broward 2021 Art & Soul Annual Exhibit. Show runs online from May 1 - 31.
Blazing Sunset: The sky lit-up as if on fire this late fall night of freezing temperatures and bone-chilling winds at the highest elevation in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and in Tennessee, Clingmans Dome at 6,643 feet.
Pa-hay-okee Sunset: Photographed in Everglades National Park on a cool and windy early spring evening. Pa-hay-okee is Seminole for grassy river. It bought me such peace to experience this sunset. It was a surprisingly cool March evening. The expanse of the Everglades went on and on with occasional grunts from alligators and a distinctive "rattling" sound which to my relief I found out later was from the box rattle moth. A sunset to remember.
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Honored to be among the 22 artists whose works were juried into this important exhibition at ArtServe spotlights our changing environment caused by human destruction.
My piece "Disappearing Hemlock" was photographed during my Artist in Residency at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I was so taken with the golden sun rays passing through the forest mixing with the warm scents of fall, allspice, cinnamon, and lemon. Later I learned that this beauty belies the massive destruction all around. Forests throughout the Smokies are undergoing a major ecological shift due to the die-off of millions of hemlocks caused by the hemlock woolly adelgid. This nonnative forest insect pest is believed to have come to the United States in the early 1900s from Japan, transported over by humans.
First discovered in the park in 2002, humans continue to spread the insects through firewood. Forestry experts say their loss will affect everything from stream temperatures to forest composition. Although hemlocks can live up to 600 years, a woolly adelgid can kill a tree in just three to 10 years.
24" x 36" on metal
Honored to be asked to write a guest blog for the Friends of the Smokies. This organization is the primary sponsor for the Artist-In-Residence program at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Writing this article was a wonderful way to relive so many special adventures to capture the beauty and wonder of this land, its nature, its spirit and the essence of the pioneers who settled here and gave up their homesteads so we could enjoy this park today. Click to Read the Blog Post.
Recently back from incredible Artist-in-Residence experience at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There were so many new experiences for me here... from autumn's splendor to winter's interruptions, to close encounters with elk, deer and bear to the drama of the Milky Way, to bone chilling winds at the top of the park's 6,600' highest peak to hiking to magnificent waterfalls oftentimes scrambling over rocks and boulders.
Please check out my photography gallery of the "best of the best" of my favorite moments in the park here.
And, gratefully, I was pleasantly surprised that four of the images have sold already along with numerous greeting card sets. If interested in any, just drop me a note and I'll custom create size and material of your choice....aluminized metals, matted prints, canvas, sets of greeting cards.
I must admit, after being away for over five weeks, there was a little bit of an adjustment returning to the "real world". And, it's show time again. The biggest art shows in South Florida began with Art Basel and Art Miami. I'm grateful to have been juried into the ENDANGERED Exhibit for the seventh year. Also, I was asked to speak on "How I Got That Shot".
Wishing you continued, abundant blessings and a most joyous New Year. Thanks for viewing and being in my life.
Follow the Light!
Pictured Above, L to R: White Out, Buck at Cades Cove, Sunrise at Maloney Point; Middle: Yosemite Daybreak
Each Day is Filled with New Gifts...First Photograph During Artist is Residence at Great Smoky Mountains National Park
First photograph during Artist in Residence taken at Clingmans Dome, highest elevation in the park at 6,644′ - "Milky Way Over the Smokies". Although, I had gone to take the shot the night before, I just couldn't handle the weather conditions. Can you say freezing - cold temps and high winds! For this native South Floridian and resident, once I dressed right for the occasion (three tops, four jackets, four pairs of pants and two pairs of socks plus a hat and gloves) the rest was pure de-light.
Honored that Great Smoky Mountains National Park featured me on their Facebook page today:
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More to come!!!!!
Follow the Light! ~Phoenix
You may ask why I'm leading off this post about heading off to the Smokies with the "Moon Over the Marsh" image photographed at Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Boynton Beach, Florida. Thanks to this image and the five others below (along with the rest of the application package) for making all the difference in my being selected by the Artist in Residence selection panel.
"The Artist in Residence selection panel really loved your work and appreciated the strong images shared. You were the super scorer on our panel," said Sheridan Roberts, Great Smoky Mountains National Parkwide Volunteer Coordinator when she notified me of my being awarded this prestigious opportunity.
In two weeks I'm driving up to America's most visited national park, the Great Smoky Mountains. I'll have the opportunity be there for five weeks enjoying the total mystery and wonder of mid- to late-fall, perhaps even an early winter, in this land that stirs my heart and spirit. Hopefully, I'll arrive in time to photograph the Milky Way. Rising to a peak of over 6000 feet, the Smokies encompass over 500,000 acres and 800 miles of hiking trails. Majestic sunrises and sunsets, gurgling mountain streams and waterfalls, stillness of the open forest, morning mist and autumn colors ...I can't wait to see what I capture through my lens.
Also, I will be presenting three public service programs. One will be for park visitors. Another, I'll be working with students on a day hike and, the last, I'll be presenting to art students and faculty.
I hope you will follow my travels during this special time via Facebook and Instagram.
Below are the other images that helped make this dream come true. P.S. If you haven't yet, you may want to read the blog from June 7 for more on this lifetime dream.
Thanks for reading!
Follow the Light!
Pictured: Top - Moon Over the Marsh; Above, L to R, Top to Bottomw - Light in the Forest, Tree & Stream, Milky Way Over the Rockies; Row 2, L to R -Yosemite Daybreak, Early Morning Fog
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