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Great way to start the day! Upon waking up this morning, I see that one of my wildlife photos has been selected to compete in the People's Choice Awards for the annual Tennessee Wildlife Federation's calendar contest. You can vote from today through September 14th, once a day. If you have a couple of minutes to register your vote, I would appreciate a nod for "Thirsty," posted below! It's easy...click on the following link, scroll down until you see the photo and click on it to highlight, scroll do the bottom of the page and submit your vote. If we get enough votes, the image will be included in the calendar for 2022.

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Great way to start the day!  Upon waking up this morning, I see that one of my wildlife photos has been selected to compete in the Peoples Choice Awards for the annual Tennessee Wildlife Federations calendar contest.  You can vote from today through September 14th, once a day.  If you have a couple of minutes to register your vote, I would appreciate a nod for Thirsty,  posted below!  Its easy...click on the following link, scroll down until you see the photo and click on it to highlight, scroll do the bottom of the page and submit your vote. If we get enough votes, the image will be included in the calendar for 2022. 

https://tnwf.org/peoples-choice/

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Good morning from Prince Edward Island! Up and out very early yesterday morning and headed toward New London Lighthouse. As I walked the short path from where we parked, through the dunes, and down to the beach, I didn't have any idea what was waiting for me there, because you can't actually see the beach until you get right to it. This was my first look. Although the water was rough and choppy, the sky was so full of beauty and total peace. Several scriptures came to my mind, but Isaiah 26:3 stuck with me throughout the day. Need peace? Join me in keeping our minds on Him! ... See MoreSee Less

Good morning from Prince Edward Island!  Up and out very early yesterday morning and headed toward New London Lighthouse.  As I walked the short path from where we parked, through the dunes, and down to the beach, I didnt have any idea what was waiting for me there, because you cant actually see the beach until you get right to it.  This was my first look.  Although the water was rough and choppy, the sky was so full of beauty and total peace.  Several scriptures came to my mind, but Isaiah 26:3 stuck with me throughout the day.  Need peace?  Join me in keeping our minds on Him!

Our fifth day on Prince Edward Island, and the photos are few and far between. Weather has not been the best and isn't looking good in the near future. So we're enjoying cottage time, using our fireplace, taking a daily nap, and eating clam chowder. Not our usual routine, but perhaps it's a good thing to have some forced rest, since we've been so busy lately and, no doubt, will be busy again once we get home. Here are a few random images from the one day that was decent so far. You can tell by the poor, frazzled eagle, that was having a bad hair day, it was very windy, but at least it wasn't raining! ... See MoreSee Less

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I think these are great!!!

Absolutely gorgeous! Enjoy your rest time there!

September thoughts...

If you've been a follower of Marcy's Photo Journey for a while, you know that last month I announced that each month I planned to share a few thoughts about what is currently happening with us. It was a quick four weeks, but it's that time again...

We returned excited from a great trip to coastal Maine with many new images. After being home only one night, we discovered, quite by accident, that The Painted Tree was opening less than a week later. Somehow, our email address had not been included in the mass vendor mailing, so we were clueless until we just happened to stop by. After that news dropped, we were busy, busy , busy! But we did manage to get everything ready and opened right on schedule August 6th. Just two weeks later, after a strong start, Doug and I decided to double our space there and added another 8 X 12 space located directly across the aisle from our original site. Crazy as it seemed, it felt good to both of us!

A week later and we are off to Prince Edward Island, Canada. And that's been a saga like no other. It was our 20th visit to Canada's smallest province, and for the first time ever we decided to drive rather than fly. We allowed 3 days to get there, but actually did not cross the border until five days had gone by. As I'm sure most of you realize, Canada had been closed to travel until August 9th, at which time they opened to US citizens only. When we investigated the specifics of getting in, there were many stipulations and permissions that had to be granted before we could even approach the border. Doug diligently went through pages of information and got the items checked off one by one.

First travel day was 600 miles to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Next day we would drive from there to Bangor, Maine. It was on day two that things started getting a little dicey. We had just plugged in our point to point route in the car GPS and merrily gone on our way, not really checking our specific route ahead of time. Before we hardly knew it, we were routed through downtown NYC, across the George Washington Bridge, and spent the entire day dealing with horrendous traffic all along the eastern seaboard. Eleven states later and very travel weary (14 hours on the road), we finally reached our hotel in Bangor and went right to bed with plans to pop up early, drive the two hours to the border, then another 4-5 hours, and we'd be at the cottage on PEI. We should be there at the latest by early afternoon. All was good.

Showed up at the border right at our appointment time and realized after about three minutes that they were not going to let us in. Somehow we had missed the requirement for a MOLECULAR COVID TEST that had to be taken 72 hours before entry. So, although we both had Covid, had our proof of vaccination, our paperwork giving us permission to be in New Brunswick and PEI, we were turned around like criminals. πŸ™ They wanted no part of us. When we left, we were just planning to head back home. We had been told that the closest location for a molecular test was four hours away in Portland because it was the week-end and the one local provider was closed. Reading of the test results could take as long as four days. Too exhausted and aggravated to drive far that day, we tucked our tails and headed back to our hotel in Bangor planning to spend one night before we started back south.

After a long nap and shower, we did a little online research and discovered a walk-in clinic only ten minutes away that did the needed test and promised results within 48 hours. We were in line the next day when they opened, all thoughts of aborting the mission were gone once we had adequate rest. Test results were back to us amazingly fast (24 hours), and we were on our way once again. PEI required their own covid test (Are you kidding me?), even though we had taken one the day before and had our proof. We finally arrived at the cottage around 10:00 pm on Monday, two days past schedule.

Fast forward to right now. It's our third day on the island. Yesterday we experienced the most torrential rains and high winds I've ever seen as hurricane Ida bore down upon us. Last time we were here, hurricane Dorian left us without power for four days. But guess what? We're happy to be here and enjoying the journey despite a few bumps in the road. It's another week until the drive back home, and we won't be depending on our GPS for the route this time. Real maps are coming out and being pored over.

When we get home, preparation begins for the Heritage Days Festival in Townsend, September 24-25. Then it's off to Jackson, Wyoming on September 30th for a fall location shoot in the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. Meanwhile, our custom order list is growing, so the work schedule won't let up for a while. Fortunately, we both enjoy what we're doing and especially love to work on custom orders.

A couple things to keep in mind...if you intend to order a picture for someone on your Christmas list, the sooner we hear from you, the better. Orders place by October 30th will be guaranteed to be ready before Christmas, barring no surprises from our suppliers. Right now we have a great inventory of calendars and notecards at both of our gallery locations. We most likely will not have time to print many more of the cards, so get them while they're available.

As always, we can use your help in sharing our posts, telling your friends and family about us, inviting others to follow our Facebook page, and stopping by our shoppes when you get a chance. Your words of encouragement and expressions of approval on our work are so appreciated!

(photo: "Sparkles on the Lake" taken at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.)
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September thoughts...

If youve been a follower of Marcys Photo Journey for a while, you know that last month I announced that each month I planned to share a few thoughts about what is currently happening with us.  It was a quick four weeks, but its that time again...

We returned excited from a great trip to coastal Maine with many new images.  After being home only one night, we discovered, quite by accident, that The Painted Tree was opening less than a week later.  Somehow, our email address had not been included in the mass vendor mailing, so we were clueless until we just happened to stop by.  After that news dropped, we were busy, busy , busy!  But we did manage to get everything ready and opened right on schedule August 6th.  Just two weeks later, after a strong start, Doug and I decided to double our space there and added another  8 X 12 space located directly across the aisle from our original site.  Crazy as it seemed, it felt good to both of us!

A week later and we are off to Prince Edward Island, Canada.  And thats been a saga like no other.  It was our 20th visit to Canadas smallest province, and for the first time ever we decided to drive rather than fly.  We allowed 3 days to get there, but actually did not cross the border until five days had gone by.  As Im sure most of you realize, Canada had been closed to travel until August 9th, at which time they opened to US citizens only.  When we investigated the specifics of getting in, there were many stipulations and permissions that had to be granted before we could even approach the border.  Doug diligently went through pages of information and got the items checked off one by one. 

First travel day was 600 miles to Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  Next day we would drive from there to Bangor, Maine.  It was on day two that things started getting a little dicey.  We had just plugged in our point to point route in the car GPS and merrily gone on our way, not really checking our specific route ahead of time.  Before we hardly knew it, we were routed through downtown NYC, across the George Washington Bridge, and spent the entire day dealing with horrendous traffic all along the eastern seaboard.  Eleven states later and very travel weary (14 hours on the road), we finally reached our hotel in Bangor and went right to bed with plans to pop up early, drive the two hours to the border, then another 4-5 hours, and wed be at the cottage on PEI.  We should be there at the latest by early afternoon.  All was good.

Showed up at the border right at our appointment time and realized after about three minutes that they were not going to let us in.  Somehow we had missed the requirement for a MOLECULAR COVID TEST that had to be taken 72 hours before entry.  So, although we both had Covid, had our proof of vaccination, our paperwork giving us permission to be in New Brunswick and PEI, we were turned around like criminals.  :(  They wanted no part of us.  When we left, we were just planning to head back home.  We had been told that the closest location for a molecular test was four hours away in Portland because it was the week-end and the one local provider was closed.  Reading of the test results could take as long as four days.  Too exhausted and aggravated to drive far that day, we tucked our tails and headed back to our hotel in Bangor planning to spend one night before we started back south.

After a long nap and shower, we did a little online research and discovered a walk-in clinic only ten minutes away that did the needed test and promised results within 48 hours.  We were in line the next day when they opened, all thoughts of aborting the mission were gone once we had adequate rest.  Test results were back to us amazingly fast (24 hours), and we were on our way once again. PEI required their own covid test (Are you kidding me?), even though we had taken one the day before and had our proof.  We finally arrived at the cottage around 10:00 pm on Monday, two days past schedule.

Fast forward to right now.  Its our third day on the island.  Yesterday we experienced the most torrential rains and high winds Ive ever seen as hurricane Ida bore down upon us.  Last time we were here, hurricane Dorian left us without power for four days. But guess what?  Were happy to be here and enjoying the journey despite a few bumps in the road.  Its another week until the drive back home, and we wont be depending on our GPS for the route this time.  Real maps are coming out and being pored over.

When we get home, preparation begins for the Heritage Days Festival in Townsend, September 24-25.  Then its off to Jackson, Wyoming on September 30th for a fall location shoot in the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone.  Meanwhile, our custom order list is growing, so the work schedule wont let up for a while.  Fortunately, we both enjoy what were doing and especially love to work on custom orders.

A couple things to keep in mind...if you intend to order a picture for someone on your Christmas list, the sooner we hear from you, the better.  Orders place by October 30th will be guaranteed to be ready before Christmas, barring no surprises from our suppliers.  Right now we have a great inventory of calendars and notecards at both of our gallery locations.  We most likely will not have time to print many more of the cards, so get them while theyre available.

As always, we can use your help in sharing our posts, telling your friends and family about us, inviting others to follow our Facebook page, and stopping by our shoppes when you get a chance.  Your words of encouragement and expressions of approval on our work are so appreciated!

(photo: Sparkles on the Lake taken at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.)

Last Thursday we left home and drove 600 plus miles to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where we had planned to spend our first night on the road. Although we were tired and weary, I talked Doug into taking a little drive out to the Amish country as it was shaping up to be a beautiful evening. For about twenty minutes, the light was incredible, and I took several shots from the car as he drove. There are times when you have to work so hard for the shot, but when the light is perfect, the pictures come fast and furious, and it's easy. It wasn't until we arrived to our final destination of Prince Edward Island several days later that I got to see them. I love these! These four and several more taken in Lancaster are now available for custom order for 20% off. ... See MoreSee Less

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So beautiful! Can’t wait to see your photos from Prince Edward Island too. I know they will be gorgeous!

Just beautiful!!!

Scarecrows, leaves, pumpkins, and plenty of color...Fall arrived yesterday to Marcy's Photo Journey in The Shoppes at Grit & Grace Market! It may have been 95 degrees outside, but it felt great to see some beautiful touches of a new, cooler season throughout the store. Doug and I delivered ten new pieces of artwork in addition to three different collections of our boxed notecards, two versions of 2022 wall calendars, and two choices of desk calendars. Doug also added some new lighting that brightened our space, and we love the change. Hoping you'll stop by our gallery in Cleveland and see the new look! ... See MoreSee Less

Scarecrows, leaves, pumpkins, and plenty of color...Fall arrived yesterday to Marcys Photo Journey in The Shoppes at Grit & Grace Market!  It may have been 95 degrees outside, but it felt great to see some beautiful touches of a new, cooler season throughout the store.  Doug and I delivered ten new pieces of artwork in addition to three different collections of our boxed notecards, two versions of 2022 wall calendars, and two choices of desk calendars.  Doug also added some new lighting that brightened our space, and we love the change.  Hoping youll stop by our gallery in Cleveland and see the new look!Image attachmentImage attachment

"Your goodness is running after, it's running after me!" A line from a song we sang Sunday is playing over and over in my mind this week. I choose to see His goodness in a troubled world this morning. Join me? ... See MoreSee Less

Your goodness is running after, its running after me!  A line from a song we sang Sunday is playing over and over in my mind this week.  I choose to see His goodness in a troubled world this morning.  Join me?

Well, we didn’t see this one coming! Over the weekend Doug and I decided to expand and double our space at The Painted Tree. The new site is right across the aisle from our original G9 location, and it’s a work in progress. Since we leave for Prince Edward Island Thursday morning, serious build out will have to wait until mid September, but our current look will work until then. We feel really good about this venture! ... See MoreSee Less

Well, we didn’t see this one coming!  Over the weekend Doug and I decided to expand and double our space at The Painted Tree.  The new site is right across the aisle from our original G9 location, and it’s a work in progress. Since we leave for Prince Edward Island Thursday morning, serious build out will have to wait until mid September, but our current look will work until then.  We feel really good about this venture!Image attachment

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I love your adventurous spirit. That is exciting!!! Enjoy your trip. Be safe.

Envy your spirit & enthusiasm!! Have a great (and safe!) trip!!

Congratulations! Have a fun and safe trip! ❀️

Wonderful… you guys be safe and enjoy… everything will be just great!

Congratulations

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Everyone appreciates a handwritten note! Our "Lighthouses" notecards have exceeded even my expectations. (And my expectations are always high...just ask Doug!) Lighthouses from as far away as Italy and as close as Georgia! Now taking online orders and coming in limited quantities to Marcy's Photo Journey galleries next Monday. 20 different cards in every box. Priced at $27.50, with shipping available for $5.00. Reserve your box today! ... See MoreSee Less

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Please reserve me a box of these...beautiful!!

Absolutely beautiful!!!

Live on the lake or have a lakeside cottage? If you enjoy the nautical vibe, we have hundreds of lovely images that fit the bill for nautical decor. All of these and more are available through our special order option in any size and format! Don't forget to make plans for the Grand Opening of our new gallery in The Painted Tree of Knoxville this coming Saturday, 10:00 - 8:00. We'd love to see you there... ... See MoreSee Less

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Absolutely beautiful!!

Doug and I delivered these four stunning framed metals to our new gallery at The Painted Tree yesterday. We'd love for you to stop by and take a look at our space and enjoy the new store sometime soon, as we anticipate the official Grand Opening this coming Saturday, August 21st! Open seven days a week from 10:00-8:00, 9630 Kingston Pike. ... See MoreSee Less

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They are all so beautiful! Hope to get there soon!

Does anyone remember the old song "We'll Understand It Better By and By"? Sometimes it can be easy to feel confused or discouraged by things we see going on around us, but that old song and this scripture from I Corinthians is on my mind today. God is always the one in control, and we can rest easy in his embrace no matter how much turmoil and strife surrounds us. Have a wonderful day! ... See MoreSee Less

Does anyone remember the old song Well Understand It Better By and By?  Sometimes it can be easy to feel confused or discouraged by things we see going on around us, but that old song and this scripture from I Corinthians is on my mind today.  God is always the one in control, and we can rest easy in his embrace no matter how much turmoil and strife surrounds us.  Have a wonderful day!

Almost finished with our new line of lighthouse boxed note cards, and they're looking good! We only plan to print 15 boxes of each of our three new versions of boxed note cards, so if you would like to reserve yours, please leave a comment below or send a private message. They come 20 cards to a box for $27.50 and make really nice gifts. Shipping is available for $5.00 per box. ... See MoreSee Less

It's my goal to do a monthly post to just touch base with the Photo Journey family and let everyone know what is happening over the next few weeks. Here it is already August 8th, and I intended to have this posted the first day of the month...promise I'll be more prompt as time goes on. πŸ™‚

So what's ahead for Marcy's Photo Journey? We are working very hard over the next couple of weeks to get all remaining custom orders finished and delivered. The sudden opening of our new Knoxville gallery has put us a little behind, but we're determined to get more on top of things before we leave for our next location shoot. We have two adventures coming soon! Departure for three weeks in Prince Edward Island, Canada is set for August 26th. This will be our 20th visit to Canada's smallest province, and the first time we've driven the 1500 miles to get there. Over the years, PEI has become like our second home, and we love the opportunity to be there for a time of respite and refreshing. Because we're driving, we can take as much camera equipment as we want, so we're planning to load up a lot of gear and work on some new techniques while we're there, specifically macro and astrophotography. We'll be back home around September 16, just in time to prepare for the Heritage Festival in Townsend on September 25-26. It's a wonderful event in a great spot, very near Cades Cove and the national park, so plan to come and see us there if you can!

After two weeks at home, we'll be flying out to Jackson Hole once again, this time to capture the fall beauty of the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. After this trip, we will have photos from those two locations in all seasons. Can hardly wait for that one because I already know the photography opportunities will be second to none, and that excites me. When we return home on October 16th, we'll have two weeks to get ready for a couple of Christmas arts and craft fairs during the first half of November.

I'm trying hard not to stress over the BIG LEAP we have taken to open a larger gallery in Knoxville. The expense is always weighing on my mind, and I just hope we haven't taken too big of a chance in jumping in to this one. Although custom orders have carried us through, calendars haven't done as well as I had hoped, and gallery sales have been almost nonexistent lately. So what do we do? OPEN ANOTHER GALLERY!! Now you see why stress is trying to overtake me. πŸ™‚ Everyone keeps telling us that we need to get more eyes on our work, and it will sell itself but we really can't afford expensive advertising right now. THAT'S WHERE YOU COME IN! Every share, every positive comment, and every recommendation (especially from those who have actually purchased our work), means so much. Doug and I have always been very reticent to take chances with our finances, but stocking two galleries has necessitated doing so right now.

It's kind of funny, but I've been thinking a lot about my parents lately in light of starting this business adventure so late in life. For years, I heard dad say to mom that he'd like to start a business. My mother always thought it was taking too much of a risk and would tell him that "a bird in the hand is worth more than two in the bush" and that they needed to hang on to what money they had because there were no guarantees that he would be successful in a business adventure. Dad would then say that she was just like her dad, very conservative and reluctant to take a chance. That would be the end of it until the next time Dad came up with another business idea, and then the scene would play over again, almost word for word. My dad would be so excited over what we're doing right now, and he'd be telling everyone he met about Photo Journey. On the other hand, Mom would be worried about us.

We believe very strongly that God can give divine direction and open the right doors for our business to be successful. Or, if it goes the other direction, He can walk with us through the pain of failure and loss, too. One thing is certain, we serve a great God whose mercies are new every single morning! Trusting Him to show us what His perfect will is as we proceed...
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Its my goal to do a monthly post to just touch base with the Photo Journey family and let everyone know what is happening over the next few weeks.  Here it is already August 8th, and I intended to have this posted the first day of the month...promise Ill be more prompt as time goes on.  πŸ™‚

So whats ahead for Marcys Photo Journey?  We are working very hard over the next couple of weeks to get all remaining custom orders finished and delivered.  The sudden opening of our new Knoxville gallery has put us a little behind, but were determined to get more on top of things before we leave for our next location shoot.  We have two adventures coming soon!  Departure for three weeks in Prince Edward Island, Canada is set for August 26th.  This will be our 20th visit to Canadas smallest province, and the first time weve driven the 1500 miles to get there.  Over the years, PEI has become like our second home, and we love the opportunity to be there for a time of respite and refreshing.  Because were driving, we can take as much camera equipment as we want, so were planning to load up a lot of gear and work on some new techniques while were there, specifically macro and astrophotography.  Well be back home around September 16, just in time to prepare for the Heritage Festival in Townsend on September 25-26.  Its a wonderful event in a great spot, very near Cades Cove and the national park, so plan to come and see us there if you can!

After two weeks at home, well be flying out to Jackson Hole once again, this time to capture the fall beauty of the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone.  After this trip, we will have photos from those two locations in all seasons.  Can hardly wait for that one because I already know the photography opportunities will be second to none, and that excites me.  When we return home on October 16th, well have two weeks to get ready for a couple of Christmas arts and craft fairs during the first half of November.

Im trying hard not to stress over the BIG LEAP we have taken to open a larger gallery in Knoxville.  The expense is always weighing on my mind, and I just hope we havent taken too big of a chance in jumping in to this one.  Although custom orders have carried us through, calendars havent done as well as I had hoped, and gallery sales have been almost nonexistent lately.  So what do we do?  OPEN ANOTHER GALLERY!!  Now you see why stress is trying to overtake me.  πŸ™‚  Everyone keeps telling us that we need to get more eyes on our work, and it will sell itself but we really cant afford expensive advertising right now.  THATS WHERE YOU COME IN!  Every share, every positive comment, and every recommendation (especially from those who have actually purchased our work), means so much.  Doug and I have always been very reticent to take chances with our finances, but stocking two galleries has necessitated doing so right now. 

Its kind of funny, but Ive been thinking a lot about my parents lately in light of starting this business adventure so late in life.  For years, I heard dad say to mom that hed like to start a business.  My mother always thought it was taking too much of a risk and would tell him that a bird in the hand is worth more than two in the bush and that they needed to hang on to what money they had because there were no guarantees that he would be successful in a business adventure.  Dad would then say that she was just like her dad, very conservative and reluctant to take a chance.  That would be the end of it until the next time Dad came up with another business idea, and then the scene would play over again, almost word for word.  My dad would be so excited over what were doing right now, and hed be telling everyone he met about Photo Journey.  On the other hand, Mom would be worried about us.

We believe very strongly that God can give divine direction and open the right doors for our business to be successful.  Or, if it goes the other direction, He can walk with us through the pain of failure and loss, too.  One thing is certain, we serve a great God whose mercies are new every single morning!  Trusting Him to show us what His perfect will is as we proceed...

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Loved reading this update

Don't focus on the what-ifs, focus on enjoying it together. Enjoy making the memories together. They will be priceless. If it doesn't work at that location it may at another. It's a tough business so you have to enjoy the pursuit so that it stays fun and enjoyable. You both are great photographers, so just enjoy life and your dream.

In just one hour, our brand new gallery in The Painted Tree of Knoxville will be open! Excitement is mixed with some trepidation because this is a big step for us. Rent doesn't come cheap in a large market like the Knoxville area, so we will have to sell a good bit more to be able to hang on. You can really help us out by spreading the word about our new location and recommending our work if you're comfortable in doing so. Stop by often and bring someone with you! If you know of someone who is decorating or redecorating their home or opening a new office, invite them to check out the quality of our fine art photography pieces. Lots of new pieces, including fall and holiday selections will be added often. Our new location, 9630 Kingston Pike (Highway 11), is convenient and easy to find. Hours couldn't be any better...seven days a week, 10:00-8:00. Hope to see you there soon! ... See MoreSee Less

In just one hour, our brand new gallery in The Painted Tree of Knoxville will be open!  Excitement is mixed with some trepidation because this is a big step for us.  Rent doesnt come cheap in a large market like the Knoxville area, so we will have to sell a good bit more to be able to hang on.  You can really help us out by spreading the word about our new location and recommending our work if youre comfortable in doing so.  Stop by often and bring someone with you!  If you know of someone who is decorating or redecorating their home or opening a new office, invite them to check out the quality of our fine art photography pieces.  Lots of new pieces, including fall and holiday selections will be added often. Our new location, 9630 Kingston Pike (Highway 11), is convenient and easy to find.  Hours couldnt be any better...seven days a week, 10:00-8:00.  Hope to see you there soon!Image attachmentImage attachment

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How exciting and a great adventure coming your way! I wish the best and I will spread the word.....hope you come see you soon! Love all your beautiful work!

It's boxed notecard time! Over the next couple of weeks, I'll be posting samples from our three lines of new note cards for the upcoming fall gift season. We're kicking it off with these four from our "Lighthouses" collection. In addition to the three new collections, we're also bringing back the popular "Wildlife Wonders" line from last year , with some new additions of wildlife. Cards are packaged in a white embossed gift box and tied with a black satin ribbon, 20 cards and envelopes per box. Since we are limiting quantities and will be participating in three Christmas gift events over the next three months (where we think notecards will be good sellers), we're asking our regular customers to reserve the note cards if interested. Cards are priced the same as last year at $27.50 per box. In addition to "Lighthouses," we have "Raptors" and "Barns." Please contact through private messenger or leave a comment below if you want to reserve notecards. We're happy to mail these to you for mailing cost, which is $5.00 per box. ... See MoreSee Less

Well, life is full of surprises and adjustments, and you just have to smile when you've worked around the clock to meet a deadline and suddenly everything has changed. πŸ™‚ We received word late yesterday afternoon that The Painted Tree would not open today as planned due to a final fire inspection being postponed by the office of the Knox county fire marshal. So we're in a holding pattern right now and waiting for the word. One thing's for sure, though, Knoxville is going to love The Painted Tree! The store is looking like an amazing place already, and there are still about a third of the vendors (many from other states) who have not yet arrived and set up. I'll keep you posted...
You may recognize our featured photo today...sunrise at the top of Clingmans Dome. Maine is good, but don't you just love our Tennessee mountains? It just felt like a good fit for today...
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Well, life is full of surprises and adjustments, and you just have to smile when youve worked around the clock to meet a deadline and suddenly everything has changed.  πŸ™‚  We received word late yesterday afternoon that The Painted Tree would not open today as planned due to a final fire inspection being postponed by the office of the Knox county fire marshal.  So were in a holding pattern right now and waiting for the word.  One things for sure, though, Knoxville is going to love The Painted Tree!  The store is looking like an amazing place already, and there are still about a third of the vendors (many from other states) who have not yet arrived and set up.  Ill keep you posted...
You may recognize our featured photo today...sunrise at the top of Clingmans Dome.  Maine is good, but dont you just love our Tennessee mountains?  It just felt like a good fit for today...

In case someone needs a reminder today! Photo taken one year ago today on the beach at Chincoteague Island, Virginia. ... See MoreSee Less

In case someone needs a reminder today!  Photo taken one year ago today on the beach at Chincoteague Island, Virginia.
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Marcy's Photo Journey

"Let me just say, I talked to many artist/photographers in the last two years, and Marcy is in a league by herself. She not only has magnificent talent, but is so patient and kind to be sure you get the treasure you want. I could not be happier! She worked with my space and offered ideas for size and placement. This will not be our last project. It is worth your while to just look at her work from all over the world. Be careful, something WILL speak to you and you WILL be thrilled!"

These kind words were posted on Carolyn Morton's Facebook page shortly after Doug and I delivered a custom order of an extra large, framed canvas to Carolyn's home. As the deadline for 20% off custom work from the coastal Maine photo shoot draws near, think about all of the gorgeous images you've seen over the last couple of weeks. Are you sure we can't create something for your home that you'd be excited about? Sale ends Saturday, August 7th
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I ordered this print on metal yesterday, and I can hardly wait until it gets here! If you haven't yet seen our metal prints, they are so stunningly rich in color and detail. It really puts you right there in the moment and setting when the shot was taken! I know the texture of the rocks and the vivid colors of the image will be amazing because it's almost like there's a three dimensional effect when the print is on glossy metal. Doug will custom frame this one as soon as it arrives, and it'll be in The Painted Tree soon. ... See MoreSee Less

I ordered this print on metal yesterday, and I can hardly wait until it gets here!  If you havent yet seen our metal prints, they are so stunningly rich in color and detail.  It really puts you right there in the moment and setting when the shot was taken!  I know the texture of the rocks and the vivid colors of the image will be amazing because its almost like theres a three dimensional effect when the print is on glossy metal.  Doug will custom frame this one as soon as it arrives, and itll be in The Painted Tree soon.

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This will be awesome on metal!

Metal, really!!!!

2 months ago
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Another BIG STEP in the journey is happening soon! We just received word that The Painted Tree of Knoxville will be opening next Thursday, August 5th. Doug and I are excited and suddenly even busier than usual, striving to be sure every detail is taken care of as we prepare our new gallery space. After visiting the store a little while ago, we are truly thrilled to be a part of this incredible venue of boutique and specialty shops located in west Knoxville. Hope you'll make plans to drop by and see what we're so excited about! ... See MoreSee Less

Another BIG STEP in the journey is happening soon!  We just received word that The Painted Tree of Knoxville will be opening next Thursday, August 5th.  Doug and I are excited and suddenly even busier than usual, striving to be sure every detail is taken care of as we prepare our new gallery space.  After visiting the store a little while ago, we are truly thrilled to be a part of this incredible venue of boutique and specialty shops located in west Knoxville.  Hope youll make plans to drop by and see what were so excited about!
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Marcy's Photo Journey

Our 2022 wall calendars will be available in both galleries, Grit & Grace Market in Cleveland and The Painted Tree in Knoxville (opening soon), in late August. Meanwhile, if you did not preorder but would like to have a calendar, you can purchase one anytime and pick it up at our home in Farragut or we will be glad to mail it to you. Just leave a comment below or send me a private message and we'll make the necessary arrangements. The calendars have been getting wonderful reviews and make great gifts! Priced at $27.50. ... See MoreSee Less

Our 2022 wall calendars will be available in both galleries, Grit & Grace Market in Cleveland and The Painted Tree in Knoxville (opening soon), in late August.  Meanwhile, if you did not preorder but would like to have a calendar, you can purchase one anytime and pick it up at our home in Farragut or we will be glad to mail it to you.  Just leave a comment below or send me a private message and well make the necessary arrangements.  The calendars have been getting wonderful reviews and make great gifts!  Priced at $27.50.Image attachment

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Downright beautiful

2 months ago
Marcy's Photo Journey

Our experience at Schoodic Peninsula...

While in Maine, we heard of a part of Acadia National Park known as Schoodic Peninsula. All of the well-known areas of the park were so crowded, and a couple of people had mentioned to us that you could escape the crowds and still get some great photos of Acadia from the peninsula. On our next to last evening, we decided to check it out as it had been specifically recommended for images of crashing waves against the rocky shore. These pictures were all taken in the hour and a half we spent on Schoodic. When we arrived, it was idyllic and we looked forward to some stunning sunset pictures. We had been told about spectacular sunsets at Schoodic Point, so that was where we headed, just in case there were lots of other photographers there for sunset. We thought we might need to "stake out our spot." πŸ™‚ As we made our way around the one way loop road, things began to change very rapidly. Heavy fog was the first big change. By the time we got to the point, the fog was closing in even more, but by then we thought we could get some great moody, foggy shots in the absence of a great sunset. The fog got more and more dense, the waves began crashing, misty rain started falling within a short time. It was terrifying and wonderful at the same time, unlike anything I've experienced. A storm was moving in and we couldn't tear ourselves away, so we stood out there in the foggy, misty, crashing weather and documented the event. We were the last to leave as it was starting to get dark. One thing is sure...we won't forget Schoodic Peninsula any time soon.
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2 months ago
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The featured photos today give you a small taste of what is available TODAY in Marcy's Photo Journey's Grit & Grace gallery...everything from Tuscany to Tetons, Milky Way to Montana, and from barns to bison to birds! We have a tremendous variety of beautiful fine art photos for your home and are happy to offer 15% OFF EVERYTHING during the HUGE SUMMER MARKET EVENT taking place all day today. Make the effort to stop by and enjoy some great food, friendly faces, and fantastic sales. Be sure to visit BOTH of our display areas, including our galley space as well as the display wall just behind and to the right of the check out station.
HOPING TO SEE YOU THERE!
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Through August 7th, all custom orders are offered at 20% off regular price and the custom order fee is waived! Take advantage now of our beautiful collection of images from coastal Maine and Acadia National Park. Contact us for details on options and pricing. ... See MoreSee Less

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Tomorrow we travel back to Knoxville, and we're very happy with the variety of images that we were able to capture on the Maine photo shoot! Many more will be posted during the next couple of weeks, so if you see something you like, let us know. All images from the trip are discounted by 20% through August 7th. We're very pleased to have a growing list of special orders, and we'd love to add you! ... See MoreSee Less

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A few from yesterday's exploration of the Bristol peninsula. We ended the day at Pemaquid Lighthouse, and I was thrilled to have enough water on the rocks from recent rains to get the iconic shot of the reflection in the puddle. That opportunity isn't always there, but we really lucked out. Plus there were very few people when we visited, so it good all the way around. Thanks to Dee Pepe of Maine Coastal Photo Tours who was our guide yesterday! ... See MoreSee Less

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Amazing as always!

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Good morning, Photo Journey! We're checking in from Maine with available images from our location photo shoot, still in progress.Today's photos are just a small sampling of what we've been up to over the past few days. ALL IMAGES POSTED and many more can now be ordered through our custom order process in the specific size and format you want...20% off if ordered by August 7th. Contact us for details! (Shipping available.) ... See MoreSee Less

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Yesterday we ventured along the coast to Belfast, Camden, Rockport, Rockland, and Castine. It was quite foggy most of the day, although at times we saw a few peeks of sun. I actually love shooting in fog and had hoped for some foggy harbor shots while we were in Maine, so I loved it. πŸ™‚ Posting just a few of my favorites from the day in hopes that I achieved my goal of capturing the essence of quaint harbors of Maine. ... See MoreSee Less

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Beautiful!

Love them!

2 months ago
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Thanks to all of those who placed a special order of these images from the Palouse shoot during our 20% off sale! It was an interesting mix of photos...2 astrophotography images, 4 barns, and two vintage vehicles. If you've been meaning to get in on this sale and haven't yet placed your order, you have until midnight. We're getting excited about what's just around the corner. Tomorrow we begin a new chapter at Photo Journey... ... See MoreSee Less

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I love the old truck with some red on it. Would you mind adding it to our order, please?

Just amazing!

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"Poppies on the Hillside," available in several different options, can be ordered in sizes ranging from 8 X 10 to 40 X 50! Prices start as low as $25 and are discounted by 20% through Monday, July 12th. It's time to get your order in! ... See MoreSee Less

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Just beautiful!!!

Oh wow!

2 months ago
Marcy's Photo Journey

If you've ever been with a group and seem to be the only one who is clueless, you might relate to this post! On our recent photo workshop in the Palouse, we were informed that one of our photo opportunities was to shoot a REO Speed Wagon. Everyone seemed quite enthused about it and starting making references to a rock band, sharing memories of songs and music. I HAD NO IDEA WHAT THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT. Doug was joining in on the conversation and even chimed in that the rock band was based in the midwest where we grew up. What? Midwest? Late 60's, early 70's? I was still totally ignorant and chose to remain silent rather than reveal my cluelessness. If you're looking for images of a genuine REO Speed Wagon, Marcy's Photo Journey has plenty, despite me being in a fog much of my life. (Research reveals that these vehicles were first introduced in 1915 and were actually forerunners of the pick-up truck. ) Reminder: all photos from the Washington/Idaho shoot are 20% off through next Tuesday! ... See MoreSee Less

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One scenic landscape...four different looks! If you like one of our images and are interested in seeing several options, let us show you just what we can do. All photos, all sizes, and all formats from The Palouse location shoot remain available for custom order at 20% off for one more week. Go ahead and get a quote for exactly what you want with no obligation for purchase! ... See MoreSee Less

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Happy 4th guys!

Both are beautiful!!

2 months ago
Marcy's Photo Journey

Still plodding through thousands of photos taken on our recent Palouse adventure. And, I might add, finding plenty more barns! It looks like Photo Journey may have to do a barn calendar every year from now on. πŸ™‚ SPEAKING OF CALENDARS, THEY'RE HERE!!! If you preordered one of our 2022 calendars, I need to hear from you regarding payment and whether or not you prefer to pick up your calendar or have it mailed.

Doug and I are heading out once again, this time to Maine, on Tuesday, July 13th. We're hoping to have most of our preorders distributed before we leave. I can't say enough how I love both versions of the 2022 calendars, and I'm confident that our customers are going to love them as well! They'll be available in our galleries at the end of August for $27.50.
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Still plodding through thousands of photos taken on our recent Palouse adventure.  And, I might add, finding plenty more barns!  It looks like Photo Journey may have to do a barn calendar every year from now on.  :)  SPEAKING OF CALENDARS, THEYRE HERE!!!  If you preordered one of our 2022 calendars, I need to hear from you regarding payment and whether or not you prefer to pick up your calendar or have it mailed. 

 Doug and I are heading out once again, this time to Maine, on Tuesday, July 13th.  Were hoping to have most of our preorders distributed before we leave.  I cant say enough how I love both versions of the 2022 calendars, and Im confident that our customers are going to love them as well!  Theyll be available in our galleries at the end of August for $27.50.Image attachment
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Photography sometimes can have its miserable moments. On our one rainy day in The Palouse, I was one of six intrepid and determined photographers with tripods and rain gear, trying to capture the mood of the scene before us. It was alternating between heavy mist and rain, and our lenses needed wiping before each shot at times. I knew that if I persevered, there could be some good images to come. It was hard to see with my rain hat and hood slipping down over my eyes, and I had to protect my camera and lens from getting too wet while trying to compose and get the shot, but now it's one of my favorite memories. Thankful that I was part of a group with a lot of grit! ... See MoreSee Less

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Really represents the plains in my mind.

Wonderful...

3 months ago
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I can hardly believe it, but our calendars are in!!! Ordered one day, and delivered the next. THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL...better than I even imagined! The only change I made this year was opting for a more pearlized finish, rather than matte. I'm so happy with that decision. We're now accepting payment and will get the calendars to all of those who ordered as soon as possible. You are welcome to mail a check, use PayPal, or if you prefer a credit card, you can call us with the number. If you'll leave a comment below or message me with your preferred method of payment, I'll provide the necessary information. I LOVE THEM SO MUCH that I'd do a happy dance, if I thought I could pull it off. πŸ™‚ ... See MoreSee Less

I can hardly believe it, but our calendars are in!!!  Ordered one day, and delivered the next.  THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL...better than I even imagined!   The only change I made this year was opting for a more pearlized finish, rather than matte.  Im so happy with that decision.  Were now accepting payment and will get the calendars to all of those who ordered as soon as possible.  You are welcome to mail a check, use PayPal, or if you prefer a credit card, you can call us with the number.  If youll leave a comment below or message me with your preferred method of payment, Ill provide the necessary information.  I LOVE THEM SO MUCH that Id do a happy dance, if I thought I could pull it off.     πŸ™‚Image attachment
3 months ago
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Attention all nostalgia lovers of old vehicles and Americana! The Palouse shoot was great for an amazing variety of photos...light and shadow abstracts, landscapes, barns, and charming old vehicles. I've chosen a small fraction of my favorites for this category to share today. Consider a wall grouping, a pair, or just one stunning large canvas or metal for that room that you want to feel especially homey and comfortable. We have some great choices! Custom order sale on The Palouse images ends two weeks from today...July 12th. Enjoy a 20% discount and no custom order fee ($50) if you order during the next 13 days.

(Special thanks to Jack Lien for inviting us over to his home for a magical evening of barbecue, fellowship, and camaraderie with our fellow photographers. Most of these great old vehicles were taken that night.)
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Great picture, awesome couple!!

This is a great picture of y'all

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Hurray!!! Calendars are complete and have been sent to the publisher! I can't decide which one I like best, but I'm feeling really good about how they turned out. My cost has gone up on these since last year, so I needed to order conservatively this year, which means there won't be very many extra ones. If you didn't get your order in during the preorder period, you may still reserve a calendar. Please let me know if you want one. Cost is $27.50 per calendar and the two choices are "Barns and Farms" or "Inspiration." Delivery expected by the middle of July. ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago
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With travel being nearly impossible last year, Doug and I purposely planned a very full calendar for 2021 to make up for lost time. At this point, we're halfway through our location photo shoots, having already photographed in Wyoming's Grand Tetons in January, Charleston and Savannah in March, Wyoming and Montana in May, and now The Palouse in June. It's been rewarding, fun, enlightening, educational, and sometimes totally exhausting. At this time in our lives, it's a wonderful thing to share this passion and work together toward a common goal. Of course we don't know what's going to happen with our business...that's always kind of day to day, month to month. But what we do know is that we've met tons of new friends, enjoyed working hard alongside one another, and grown as photographers and people.

When we get home, we'll start preparing to open our new gallery in Knoxville and ordering new inventory for the Heritage Festival in Townsend that will take place September 24-25. Our next photo adventure is Maine, and it's only three weeks until we leave to photograph the coastal lighthouses in that beautiful state. Prince Edward Island is on our calendar for the end of August and first part of September, but that may not happen because there's still uncertainty about opening the Canadian border.

We'd like those of you who follow this page to know how much we have appreciated your support and encouragement these last two years since we officially launched Marcy's Photo Journey. It's no surprise that having a small business is difficult and the road is rocky, but you have helped smooth out the rough places with your kind words, purchasing note cards, calendars, and other products. Thank you for each show of support! Doug is always saying "go big or go home," and we can honestly say we've given it all we've got. That's what this BIG travel year has been all about.

We would love to have more followers on this page would appreciate it greatly if you feel comfortable inviting your friends to join us. All they have to do is visit our page and click follow. Sharing are posts is always encouraged as well! Also, if you have ever purchased something from us that you loved, tell others about it because word of mouth is still our best advertising. We're kicking off a 20% sale on all orders from The Palouse location shoot that will end on July 12th. The custom order fee of $50 will also be waived during this sale. Let us know if we can be of service to you by creating that perfect art piece for you home!

Until next time...

Doug and Marcy Wielfaert
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