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Ho Ho Ho

December 22nd, 2014

Counting down the days until the Santa Claus arrives. I hope you all have been very very good. And you are eagerly awaiting his arrival.

Christmas is a time of year that we all should take a moment to give thanks to what we are grateful for. I look back on the past year and I am truly thankful for all of my family and friends. With each passing year the sad reality is that a few of my closest friends continue to experience a loss and this year unfortunately was no exception. My thoughts and prayers go out to each and everyone that has lost someone close to them this year and my Christmas wish is that fond memories will ease the pain of that lost loved one.

I look forward to the Christmas season because it affords me the wonderful opportunity to spend holiday time with family and friends reminiscing about past holidays and childhood frivolities. I really think there is no greater gift than the time we share and the memories we create. When unwrapped those memories bring huge smiles and lots of laughter. I am looking forward to creating a few new memories to log into my holiday annual.

For the past few years, I have attempted to include a Christmas themed visual with my Christmas blog that usually includes one of Santa’s beautiful helpers and this year I see no reason not to continue the tradition! This year I get to showcase the Christmas spirit with a very festive Holiday capture of a dear friend and wonderful Santa’s helper, Ms. Susan Moody. With helpers like her it is easy to see why Santa stays so happy year round.

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Since I am the only one that puts Christmas presents under my tree I have to write my own list and I felt the need to ask Stanta for one additional present to be delivered in 2015. I am glad to say that Stanta was most willing to entertain my request with the disclaimer that I would have to wait and see if my wish comes true and can be delivered!

Thank you Mr. Stanta for the consideration and Roll Tide Roll!!!!

Merry Christmas to you one and all!!!!

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Ho Ho Ho!!!
….. dK

Tinsel Trail

December 15th, 2014

Merry Christmas to you one and all!!! If you are counting, we have 10 days left before the Jolly Fella in Red makes his yearly trek, leaving gifts under the Christmas tree. I hope you have been good enough to get everything you have wished for.

As a child, it never really felt like the holiday season until the Christmas tree went up and was decorated. I remember how meticulous my Mother was about placement of the ornaments and year after year it became our tradition. Mother never seemed to be too concerned about the presents under the tree or at least that was the appearance she portrayed. One Christmas evening I woke up early to find my mother under the tree shaking a present. I startled her so bad that she knocked the tree over. We spent the better part of that evening redecorating. I would guess like most that decorating the tree is a family tradition.

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It appears that Huntsville has it’s own tree decorating tradition now in it’s fourth year of holiday celebration. The Downtown 47, a non-profit organization that promotes social and economic vitality in the city, originally started the festive event in Big Spring Park in 2011. This year the activity is in the good hands and under the direction of Downtown Huntsville, Inc. whose charter is promoting downtown Huntsville through unique events, promotions and redevelopment. Each tree is decorated by a sponsor which includes local businesses, non profit organizations, churches, families or school groups that pay a fee to do so.

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The free event which was originally showcased on the west side of Big Spring Park has become so popular that it has expanded to both sides of Monroe street covering over a ¼ mile of holiday artistry. With over 215 decorated trees it is the largest display to date. The event is so expansive now that it can no longer be documented from one photographic location but requires multiple locations to do it justice. Thanks to Fuqua & Partners Architects and the Mayors office for their assistance in helping me to capture the Holiday spirit of dowtown Huntsville.

Merry Christmas to you one and all!!!

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Best Regards …..
~dK~

Volcano Room

December 8th, 2014

A very Merry Happy Holidays to you. I hope the season is going well for you and you are surviving the shopping and all of the holiday festivities. Might I also say congratulations to University of Alabama for their convincing win in the Southeastern Conference football championship. Roll Tide!

Over the weekend I received an invitation to attend a concert at the Volcano Room in McMinnville, TN. I was extremely excited about the invitation because the band that was playing was the Blue Sky Riders, a trio that includes Kenny Loggins, half of the 70’s pop duo Loggins and Messina. The Blue Sky Riders are a three-piece band that includes singer songwriters Gary Burr and Georgia Middleman. The second part of the invitation that so excited me was I have wanted to attend a concert at the Volcano Room because it is 330’ deep into a cave at Cathedral Caverns. Over the period of time, the cave was formed to become a natural amphitheater and is described as “one of the most acoustically pure natural spaces on earth!” http://www.bluegrassunderground.com/

It was an eerie but exhilarating feeling to walk down the path which eventually led to the opening of this majestic room with its trademark 1928 Chandelier hanging sixty feet above the crowd. With a first come first serve seating arrangement for the limited number of chairs and a sold out crowd my concert mate, Misty Riddle and I found ourselves looking for and locating alternative seating on a rock ledge that allowed for a comfortable seat and a great view of the stage. As we settled in with a few minutes to go before the show, an individual magically appeared offering us two vacant seats on the front row that was reserved for guests of the sponsors. We both speculated, for a brief moment, why he chose us but we did not speculate for long as we headed down to our new seats. Bingo, Front Row!

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To say the least, the view and concert were amazing from that location. And it would be an understatement to say what a huge fan I am of Kenny Loggins. It was an incredible afternoon with the marital duo of Gary and Georgia complimenting and providing the direction and new sounds with Kenny.

I must admit I had one other selfish reason for going and that was to get a comparison. As Huntsville residents we have a similar venue that is hosted by The Land Trust of North Alabama called 3 Caves. Each year the LT hosts 3-4 concerts, a dinner-dance aptly titled Moon Over 3 Caves and a Halloween event. Anyone and everyone that has attend an event at 3 Caves uses the terms “Amazing and Magical” to describe the venue and those terms did not escape the entertainers at the Volcano Room as they describe their experience playing the Cavern. It may not be 330’ feet below the earth but 3 Caves definitely offers up the magic of seeing a concert in a very unique venue. Find your way to either or both in 2015, you will not be disappointed!

Happy Holidays – Enjoy!!!!

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Tampa Bay

December 1st, 2014

I hope today’s blog finds you in full recovery from your Turkey Day overdose. Is there anything that compares to consuming “day after” leftovers and a turkey sandwich on white bread? I think not!!!

I’ve had the fortunate pleasure to have spent the last four weeks in Florida instructing, shooting and spending quality time with my high school and college friends, as well as, a group of new found friends. I’ve borrowed couches and bedrooms and ate more then my fair share of seafood and sushi, while sharing a tale or two about the good ole days and consuming a few cold libations. I must admit it was nice to be me for the last four weeks. The list is long but many thanks to Marie, Hank, James, and Joe for taking care of me. Thanks to Chris and Valentina and David and Kelly for continually showing me what new special friendships’ are all about.

I am a creature of habit when I visit home and much of it I relive as I travel from one city to the next, retracing my childhood follies and all the experiences I had. I remember my days going from one city to the next, traveling over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. As I headed over to St. Petersburg for dinner I realized I had a little extra time on my hands so I drove over to the Bridge to see what photo possibilities may exist. Little did I know I would have the opportunity to capture something I had never been privy to before, a huge cargo ship passing through the channel and under the Bridge. It was quite an impressive sight.

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With my days in the bay area coming to an end, I knew that I wanted to make one last visit to the causeway and catch one last sunset. As I beaded back over the bay bridge from my two-day visit in St. Pete I began to get the sense that this just may be the night for chasing sunsets. As I reached the bay area I took a slight detour, pulled over and found a spot to watch and capture the sunset. To say the least it was everything I had hope for and a little more. It was a fitting ending, the icing on the cake, to an exceptional road trip to the bay area.

So now, all that was left for me was to pack my gear, point the hood of my H3 north and head to Sweet Home Alabama. Enjoy and RTR!!!!

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Iconic Encounter In Venice

November 24th, 2014

Hello from sunny Florida and Happy Thanksgiving to you. Like me, most of you are scratching your head and asking where has the time gone. Before you know it, the jolly ole man will be visiting. The year just seems to have flown by.

I was very fortunate to get to spend some additional time last week with friends in the city of Venice, as well as, have an opportunity to take it more of the sites. One of the things that was on my bucket list was a visit to the studio and gallery of one of their most coveted artists and residents, the world-renowned photographer, Mr. Clyde Butcher. Clyde is best known for his black and white images of the Everglades and his work has been liken to that of Ansel Adams. As we entered the gallery, little did we know what was in store for us.

To our surprise Mr. Butcher just happened to be in the studio that day and we literally ran right into each other. After exchanging introductions and accolades Clyde offered to give us a tour of the gallery and his photography darkroom. It would be a huge understatement to say what an incredible opportunity this was to not only meeting him but to be given a personal tour of the facilities. The offer went well beyond my bucket list expectations. As a professional photographer of almost 40 years, I felt like a little kid at a ball game meeting one of the legendary hall of famers.

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As we walked through the gallery and then into the darkroom, it boggled my mind how vast the enlarger and darkroom areas were. It was like a photographic lab on steroids, multiple enlargers and oversized processing trays. It was everything one should expect from such a legend in the photographic community. Nothing was left to chance as Clyde explained every step in the process and exclaimed his love for a few of the more “unusual” enlargers in his collection.

As the tour came to an end, I was left in awe as to what a huge honor it was to have him personally be our guide. Given his legendary stature in the photographic community, he could have not have been more gracious and humble about his accomplishments or with his time. You could see it in his eyes, as they lit up while talking about creating his huge art from film, that he still had the passion. How truly amazing an experience to have met one of the remaining Masters of Contemporary photography and even more of an experience to ask to take a “selfie” with him. More about Clyde and his work can be found at – http://clydebutcher.com/

After the tour, I decided to spend a few extras hours wandering through the gallery and taking in the beauty and quality of these rich texture black and white prints that maintain the legacy of film and my roots as a beginning photographer. In my early years I marveled at the work of Ansel Adams about the Sierras and as time passed was introduced to Mr. Butchers work on the Everglades. Both, through their art, are champions of preservation. Meeting him was the icing on the cake.

What does one do after he meets such a legend? Well if you are in Venice, FL you head to the beach, grab a cold one, kick back and photograph the iconic Sharkey’s Pier at sunset in “color’. I am sure Clyde would understand and approve.

Enjoy you holiday with family and friends!

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