Even though I had just photographed this beautiful scene Sunday afternoon, as I was leaving the Cove yesterday, clouds were beginning to swirl around the mountain tops in anticipation of a rainy evening, so I once again made my way up Rich Mountain Road to take another crack at it. As it turned out, I was glad I did, although the clouds weren't as dramatic as I had hoped. The colors were deeper and just a little better than they were Sunday and popped much better than they had in the sunny afternoon during my first go around. ... See MoreSee Less
Posted by Doug -- During this year's autumn Smokies trip, we had two chances to photograph the sunrise at Newfound Gap. The first try gave us some colorful clouds, but they did not photograph well, so we tried again. Nothing beats a clear morning this time of year when the sun aligns just right and gives us beautiful pastel skies. Marcy and I will be loading a number of versions of this sunrise to our respective photo galleries over the next couple of days. Please consider signing up for an account and "liking" individual images. (We do appreciate your Facebook likes, but they don't help push us up in search results.)
Today was a day that was tailor made for shooting streams. Cloudy, overcast days are best to capture just the right light without "hot spots" that always interfere with shooting at slow shutter speeds. Temps were comfortable, and the streams along Upper Tremont Road were full and flowing. Although I enjoy doing streams, I never feel sure of myself when it comes to making the proper adjustments in my settings as I go from stream to stream. For me, it doesn't get much better than the Tremont area on a day like this... ... See MoreSee Less
Last Saturday we discovered yet another beautiful place in our area. Just over the state line in North Carolina, the gorgeous little lakeside community of Lake Junaluska is nestled among the Blue Ridge Mountains. It was the perfect day to be there enjoying a walk around the lake at the peak of the autumn season. Of course I had my camera with me taking a few shots as I walked. This was among my favorites when I viewed them on the computer after we returned home, because I loved the way the light played on the water creating a path of little starbursts from one side to the other. To see more images from last week-end, use the link below by clicking on the picture. ... See MoreSee Less
Mingus Mill was as pretty as I've ever seen it yesterday morning. Any combination of these fall images would make a wonderful grouping to brighten up a spot in your home where a little color is needed!
We had hopes of getting nice fall sunrise images for our photo sales galleries so we braved the high winds and downed branches on US 441 to the overlook past Newfound Gap. -- And they did close the road soon after we can through. Out of the 250 or so shots we have between us, there is probably nothing that might showcase well. With a storm front approaching from the west we did have a spectacular view in person. Stay tuned, hope springs eternal ... ... See MoreSee Less
For the past 10 years or so, we have enjoyed a fall weekend trip to the Smokies. We delayed our trip this year by a week hoping we might have better color and we were rewarded. Nevertheless, we had to reckon with high-wind road closures and rain. That was all good, the rain made for some interesting scenes, and we will be posting images here soon. The ones below were taken in the Cataloochee Valley. ... See MoreSee Less
THE HARDEST PART...not the shooting, not the editing, not the uploading. It's the marketing! Here's the latest version of our site video with some enhancements. After you watch it, just go ahead and click that share button. Please help us get the word out. ... See MoreSee Less
Desktop and laptop users (not phones or iPads) can now go DIRECTLY to Marcy's image portfolio by clicking on the "Shop" link to the left. Clicking just below "Collections" provides the best shopping experience. Liking or commenting on images in the store is so very helpful because it pushes us way up in search engine results. (We want the world to find us.) If you press "like" you will be asked to create an account as you see in the second screenshot. We could only share one (Marcy's) portfolio directly- to go to Doug's, please click here: dougwphotography.com... See MoreSee Less
Finishing up our third week today. We still feel the most important thing right now is getting the word out about Marcy's Photo Journey. If there's any way you can help us with that mission, we really appreciate your efforts, whether it's online shares, likes, follows or word of mouth mentions. Good things are starting to happen. I was overwhelmed and humbled to receive well over 1000 likes on my recent post of the Clingmans Dome sunrise series! That was in addition to 110 shares and over 185 comments. I now have almost 600 images loaded for viewing on the gallery page, but I'm thinking that process will slow down significantly in the next month as I try to get out and shoot a lot more with the fall colors starting to appear. Thanks for the words of encouragement, prayers, and support...it means a lot! ... See MoreSee Less
I have been so busy lately that the days are flying by, and I just realized that it has been 2 or 3 days since I've posted the photo of the day. This was a daily assignment that I had given myself, and I've fallen short! But I'm happy to be busy, so I'll let myself off easy...
Although far from my best, I just love this photo because it has wonderful memories attached. Last May on our trip to Spain, we visited the British overseas territory of Gibraltar, located on the southern border of Spain. While there, the biggest attraction were the macaques, commonly called the Barbary Apes, that roam all over the place begging tourists for food. As other macaques were gathered all around us, I happened to glance a distance away and noticed this big guy sitting all alone on his branch. Is he in time out? Is he in deep contemplation as to his future decisions? Actually, he's probably napping, but I quickly took this shot and then my attention was back with those pesky rock apes that were busy checking pockets of tourists looking for snacks. Forgot all about the picture until I found it on my computer a few weeks ago. I love this shot! ... See MoreSee Less
Psalm 50:2 "Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined."
We are still combing through our archives to choose the best pictures for our galleries. I noticed that the batch this evening showed a count of over 77,000 shots and there are several other batches. We have long said that someday we would figure how to showcase our photography, and that time has arrived. The image below may not be the best technically by any stretch, but it is one of my all-time favorites. The beauty of Zion National Park during the Monsoon Season was incredible, and the colors were just this vivid. The Lord was very near to us that day. -- Posted by Doug ... See MoreSee Less
The weeks are flying by, and it's hard to believe that it's already been two weeks since we officially opened our online photography business. Doug and I are staying very busy, going out in the field to obtain new images while also continuing to tweak the galleries, adding more variety and options. We are so grateful for all of the encouraging words, likes on the page, follows, and shares. Trying not to get impatient, but I'm realizing more all the time that it is going to take a while to really get the word out there and see tangible progress. On Sundays, I prefer showcasing a photo from my inspirational gallery. This is one I just finished and added to the collection a few minutes ago. Taken at Cove Lake State Park on June 2, right on the edge of the water, which is why I was able to get that nice blue background. It's very simple, but I love the colors in this image. Most of all, though, I appreciate the scripture giving us assurance that God is our supplier of needs. Hope you like this one!
We hope to keep you up to date with the backstory on our photography business venture. You would certainly guess that Marcy and I spend a good many of our Saturdays on photoshoots. - Here is a trip report from last week's outing where we went looking for elk. The link below is to our blog site - Look for a box on the lower left of the homepage to sign up for posts sent directly to your email account. wp.me/p9vFmK-TD... See MoreSee Less
Today's photo of the day takes us to Torremolinos, Spain where I woke up on Mothers Day this past May feeling sad that I wouldn't be with my children for the holiday. As Doug and I were headed to breakfast, I glanced out the window and saw one of the most gorgeous skies that I had ever seen. Naturally, I wanted to hurry back up several floors to our room and grab my camera because I knew we were just a few minutes before sunrise. As I mentioned this to Doug, he had no interest in joining me, so he went on to breakfast while headed to the elevator. This is what I saw five minutes later as I stood in front of the hotel on the beach. Serenity, tranquility, perfection...a gift from God that took my sadness away. ... See MoreSee Less
Just created another collection on my online gallery with pictures taken within an hour of our home. Here are a few of those images. The entire gallery with 11 collections can be viewed at marcysphotography.com... See MoreSee Less
"I'd rather be dead than red on the head." Along about 3rd and 4th grade, boys at school taunted me with this catchy sentence simply because I had red hair. Redheads were kind of rare in my school, so it's not like I could seek solace with others who could relate. It was common if I mentioned this to an adult for them to tell me that boys only tease girls they like. Guess what? That was not helping my situation, and I didn't ever believe that they taunted me because they liked me. Well known redheads Lucille Ball, Anne of Green Gables, and, yes, even Woody Woodpecker---a popular cartoon character--were my tribe. I coped by determining that as soon as I was old enough, I would dye my hair a beautiful black, and my problems would vanish. Well, I never did dye my hair black, but I did meet a wonderful young man in college who had always had a preference for redheads. We fell in love, got married, and it all worked out just fine. But even today, when I see a woodpecker, I am reminded that there were some boys in my elementary school who would rather be dead than red on the head. Maybe that's why I love these goofy birds and always have to get a few shots when I see them. After all, they're part of my tribe!
If you enjoyed today's picture of the day, please click the link below to view my online photo gallery. As always, it helps our online status if you will take it one step further and register when presented with the registration option. Thanks! ... See MoreSee Less
This is Doug posting. Tonight I am processing images of Switzerland and I just uploaded a batch of 6 or 7 different versions of the Matterhorn. We happened to have a great view of the mountain from our hotel room in Zermatt and Marcy and I spent an evening and the next morning filling up camera memory cards. You can help us by clicking the link below, going to the "Switzerland" gallery and pressing the "Favorite" button on the one you like best. (More clicks raises us in the gallery search ratings which helps our images get seen by even more people). The caveat is that both Marcy and I have our own galleries and below is the direct link to mine. I'll show you how to get to both at once in a future post. We would welcome any feedback on your experience visiting the site. - especially problems.
Update: I tried the link as a customer and see that you need to create an account to like or favorite - it is pretty easy to do so, but it is your call. ... See MoreSee Less
Today's featured photo takes us to Tuscany in springtime. Things are starting to come alive on the undulating Tuscan hills, and the entire region looks much like a patchwork quilt with olive groves, vineyards, and cypress trees all fitting into neat and tidy patterns. Italy is easy to love. Great cities, charming medieval hill towns, and stunningly beautiful countryside all make any visitor fall in love with this country. But my favorite memories are of the Italian people who are so expressive, friendly, and welcoming.
Click on the link below the picture to go to my online gallery where images are arranged in collections and easy to view. Would love to have you visit! Can also still use likes and shares and follows... ... See MoreSee Less
Photo of the day, "Bird on a Wire," is a little different than my usual style. On an early morning in Cades Cove one day last week, I was walking down a little lane in the dense fog, and this bird kept darting ahead of me moving just about three fence posts ahead all along the way. As soon as I'd get to where he was sitting, he'd make another move to stay three posts ahead...almost like he was showing me the way! When I decided to take his picture, he stopped and accommodated me. And for that courtesy, this little bird finds himself as the featured photo on October 8, 2018. ... See MoreSee Less
Progress report... We've now been online for one week and many have asked how it's going so far. We are still very busy adding images every day, and the days are flying by. I was able to get out and shoot two days this past week...MY FAVORITE DAYS! Subtle touches of Fall are starting show up, and I want to savor every day and minute of my favorite season. We only ended up with 106 page likes for the week, a long way from the 2,000 we need to boost us to the next level. Not as many visitors to the site as we had hoped, either, but we will not be discouraged! Going to keep pressing forward and give it some time. Thanks to everyone who has liked or followed the page. Really hoping to double the number of likes (at least) during this upcoming week. ... See MoreSee Less
Thought it appropriate on Sunday for the featured photo to be one from my inspirational gallery. This picture was taken on September 2nd when Doug and I enjoyed taking in a beautiful Prince Edward Island sunrise at Cape Tryon lighthouse. This particular lighthouse is about 15 minutes from our cottage and has become one of our favorite spots for both sunrise and sunset. In order to get there, you have to painstakingly make your way down a very rough, rutted, pothole laden, one-lane dirt road (that always makes you happy you're driving a rental car and not your own vehicle). But once you crest that last hill and see the ocean and the lighthouse below, it's all worth the effort. As I looked at this image, I thought of this familiar verse in Matthew and knew that the two would be a good combination. Let your light shine! ... See MoreSee Less
I just saw a PEI tourist bureau ad on tv tonight and they showed this very spot! 😀 And...because of your photos, I recognized where they were before any word was mentioned of PEI. Just thought I'd throw that out there to you, Marcia. 😀💕 📷 I was born in Canada but have never been to PEI and left before I would've learned anything about it. But, I feel like I've been there thanks to you and Douglas Wielfaert. 👍
Wildlife photography is my favorite! The time flies by so quickly when I'm spending my day outside in field or forest trying to find beautiful animals to photograph. I consider it an incredible blessing to live in an area where a great variety of wildlife is abundant and readily available most of the year. Last June I was in Georgia walking up hill as I followed a winding path through dark, dense woods. As I neared the top of the hill and looked up, I spotted this gorgeous doe, standing in perfect light looking right at me and daring me to come a step further. She was standing between me and her twin fawns in a very protective stance. I stopped, pulled up my camera, and took this shot knowing that any second she and her fawns would disappear into the woods. Love the light and the blurred background of evergreens against a blue sky that make this split second encounter a composed image. ... See MoreSee Less
Because I've been a slave to the computer for the last month in an effort to get the website up and running, I haven't done hardly any shooting since getting home from PEI. This morning I was so excited to be heading for Cades Cove for the day. As I passed the entrance to the Foothills Parkway, I spontaneously decided to go there for sunrise instead of all the way in to the Cove. Our featured photo this evening was taken just as the sun crept up from behind the mountain. Love the blues and grays in this one! ... See MoreSee Less
We made the featured images page on the "Photographic Camera Art" group with this image. We are always looking for interesting shapes, patterns and colors - This shot came from Las Arenas de Barcelona - a bullring that was converted to a shopping mall. If you have a chance to visit Barcelona, be sure and visit. You'll find great shopping and dining as well as panoramic views of the Plaza de España area from the promenade around the top. ... See MoreSee Less
I know that chandeliers hanging in a Basilica aren't everyone's cup of tea. I also know that I posted something fairly similar for yesterday's photo of the day, but please indulge me one more day with something a little different. Last May, Doug and I did a tour of Spain, and our last couple of days were spent in Barcelona. We loved that city! (And the paella!!!!) While on our city tour, we visited Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar (Basilica of Saint Mary of the Sea), and I f... See More ... See MoreSee Less
Featured photo of the day was taken this past May on our Portugal/Spain tour. I LOVE taking interior pictures of cathedrals! The architecture, symmetry, stained glass, and beautiful light (sometimes candles, sometimes natural light coming through window) make this kind of photography an enjoyable challenge for me. I'm especially partial to the Gothic style arches. We visited Lisbon Cathedral in the morning on our first full day in Portugal. It was much simpler and less ornate than many others we have seen, but for some reason this one is memorable for me. I'm thinking I may mat and frame Lisbon Cathedral for an empty spot in my home where I need a tall, narrow picture. Hope you enjoy!
Today was a shooting day. Sometimes I know exactly where I'm headed. Other times I just set out, take it as it comes, and don't know where I'll go. Today was the latter. Started out to get some shots of the elk on the other side of the park. After that I thought I'd look for Fall and go to the higher elevations, always the first places to have signs of color. From Cherokee, I got on the Blue Ridge Parkway, but after several miles I was tempted by a little gravel road that promised to take me to Big Witch Gap. Very rough, very steep, very curvy...started wondering if I was actually lost and might end up on the news tonight as missing. Just as I was becoming a little frantic and thinking Doug was not going to be happy if he had to send out a search party, I came to "Mile High Campground." The sign said I was at an elevation of almost 6,000 feet. Never did see Big Witch Gap, but I was able to find my way back after asking one of the campers for directions. I rate this as a good day even though I didn't get any great pictures and I didn't find any color. It was an adventure, for sure. The first shot was taken just after Newfound Gap in North Carolina. The second is at Mile High Campground, which I later found out was close to Maggie Valley. with Douglas Wielfaert... See MoreSee Less
A fellow photographer told us about a wealth of photo opportunities at Berry College, located in Rome Georgia. So one Saturday last June, Marcy and I loaded up our gear and headed out at 5 AM to try and capture the early morning light. We weren't disappointed. We got a number of nice shots of deer, then headed to the North Campus to a beautiful pond. It was hard to get this guy to sit still long enough, but we finally got a shot. This is one that made my image gallery.
This is Doug posting tonight. Our business is called Marcy's Photo Journey, but I am part of the team as well; so many posts will come from me. As I write this post, Marcy is working on developing and loading more images into her gallery, so I am doing the marketing duties. Thank you for liking our page, we've had a great response and so much appreciate your feedback. We knew from the start that there would be a bit of confusion about reaching our gallery sites, so now that you are a follower, we will give you more in little bits and pieces.
Tonight's feature is one of Marcy's latest inspirational images. We'd like to gauge reaction, but the most important place to collect likes and comments is on the gallery site, so please click on the picture below. Once on the site, you will see this and other images. Please give us feedback here if you had any difficulty reaching Marcy's gallery. ... See MoreSee Less
I am not privileged to travel but love Marcy’s work because it makes me feel like I am personally viewing what she captures. She has a gift from God and she uses it. So pure! So full of beauty! ... See MoreSee Less
It has been a week since we launched our photography business!
To start things off easy, we are only selling online right now, but we may expand later. Be sure and press the (See More) link below to see the rest of the post to get the whole story.
We have partnered with Pixels.com (also known as Fine Art America) to market our images. (We get a commission and they handle everything from ordering to fulfillment and have a 30-Day money back guarantee.)
Doug and I each have separate galleries and site names.
Once on our sites, please help us by "liking" and commenting on your favorite images. Likes and comments move us higher in the site search engine results, therefore, more people see our images.
We had great fun shooting this Lighthouse! Tickled that Picfair thought it was good enough to assign a "Star"! This image is available as wall art on our portfolio under the link dougwphotography.com... See MoreSee Less
Deep blue foreground waters and pastel autumn sky highlight a Lighthouse structure located on tht Cascumpec Sandhills in Northport Harbour, near Alberton, Prince Edward Island, Canada . Subscription-free stock image available for license.