Razing the old

“You raze the old to raise the new.” - Justina Chen, North of Beautiful

I was Googling for quotes about new beginnings, and that one came up.  I have never read the book and am not familiar with the author, but that quote kicks ass.  It’s so true, and so on target for me.

I haven’t said much about this here on the blog yet, but things are changing in terms of my photography and my blogging.  I have written some articles I want to share here, but they aren’t ready yet.  It’s nothing major in the scheme of things, just a collection of gradual changes that I am working through and I am excited about.  

You may actually never notice.  Like I said, it’s nothing major.  

But the first step for me was overhauling the blog, and if you have been here before and remember the site, you can (hopefully) tell this one is new and different.  I use Squarespace and have been on that platform for 4+ years.  It’s been great, but they did a complete overhaul to a new version of their platform a long time ago and I have just gotten around to upgrading.  It took a lot of work, but was worth it.  I feel like I stepped into a new age.  I’m excited.

So I razed the old, and have raised the new.  It's exciting when you have your own little corner of the internet, and get to make all the decisions about how it looks. 

And while I still have a bunch of loose ends to fix here and there, I went ahead and went live with it.  I just thought it was time.

BTW, this is a sunrise pic from outside of Nashville at Radnor Lake.  Sunrise seemed like an appropriate image for this.  Call me sappy if you want.  :-)

Radnor awesomeness

I totally think the word awesomeness is made-up, but who cares?  It's so appropriate sometimes.  It just works as a word, doesn't it?  Someone should submit it to Merriam-Webster.  This is one of many incredibly colorful sunrise shots I got at Lake Radnor, outside of Nashville, TN a while back.  It was just the perfect morning to be out shooting.  The weather was nice, the clouds were perfect, and the sunrise just brought such wonderful color to the scene - awesomeness, right?   

By the way, thanks so much to everyone who left a kind word for my shot yesterday - I really appreciate that!  My online time is VERY limited this week, so I will catch up with my photo-friends as soon as I can!

Sunrise glow

Just a post and run, sorta.  I am in Las Vegas this week, and work is crazy busy and tiring.  I am shooting some though, so that's nice!  More on that later...

I caught this shot during an incredible sunrise at Radnor Lake outside of Nashville, TN a while back.  It was one of the most stunning sunrises I have ever seen.  Just a fabulous way to start a day!

The best way to begin a day

So what do you prefer - sunrise or sunset?  Why? 

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I tend to prefer sunrise to sunset, though sunsets usually have a little more drama happening in the skies.  In this case, sunrise was the champ that day, and thank goodness I was in the right place with my camera! 

I like sunrise better for one reason - it feels like I am the only one in the world.  Especially when I am somewhere like this (Radnor Lake outside of Nashville, TN), that feeling is magnified.  Everything is quiet, and still, and awesome.

And for those that are monster-curious, no that is not Nessie or her cousin on the left there, just a tree branch.  Dang!  That would have been something!

Red dawn at Radnor Lake - and Hello, 2012!

Happy New Year 2012!

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.  ~Benjamin Franklin

I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year's celebration.  It's always fun to roll into a new year.  Even though it's just a calendar change, it does feel like an opportunity to turn over a new leaf and improve at some aspect of life.  It's a beginning of sorts, and a chance to do things differently.  What are you going to do different in 2012?  I have lots of plans for my photography - some are solid, some are ideas, and some things I haven't thought of yet!

Red Dawn at Radnor Lake

And while I am on that subject, and since this is the dawn of a new year, it seems fitting to include a sunrise shot as my first post of 2012.  Plus, I have a zillion shots from this incredible sunrise, and I will never get through them all unless I start early!  I caught this recently while in Nashville, TN while shooting there with Malcolm MacGregor. Radnor Lake is very peaceful and serene (especially in the morning) and it's just a short drive from the downtown area, so I intend to visit again someday!

Here's the 2012 New Years card we are sending out to family and friends real soon.  Sorry if I ruined a surprise there folks!  Just thought I would share with my readers, and wish everyone out there a wonderful 2012!

Happy New Year 2012 from my family to yours!

Sunrise at Radnor Lake

A collision of all my favorite things: morning light, interesting clouds and lots of color, while tucked away in the woods with my Nikon!  In other words, it was a perfect start to the day!

I spent a couple of days last week up in Nashvillle, TN and had the opportunity to get out one morning and shoot the sunrise at Radnor Lake.  It's a beautiful lake in the country outside of Nashville.  I had heard of it (and seen pictures) from my friend Malcolm MacGregor, and luckily he was able to meet me there as well.  We arrived around 6:30am, and could already see lots of interesting clouds in the sky.  We walked to our chosen spot and set up just as the light was beginning to brighten the morning sky with a bounty of color.  It was fabulous.  I must have taken several hundred images from this spot, each one slightly different and with each passing moment the light and cloud configurations were changing too.  Look for more shots from this magical morning coming to the blog soon!