“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” – Frank Lloyd Wright
I am always surprised how some of the best photos I take are very close to where I am staying. When we were went on a cruise last, the best photo’s were of the sunset that I took right from our room. When we went to Fripp Island, the best photo’s were of the sunrise I took about a half a mile walk from the house we were staying at. When we camped near Jordan Lake, the best shots were at the lake about 10 minutes away from our camp site. When we visited Northeast Georgia, my favorite photos were at Anna Ruby Falls. It was short drive from where we were staying. Some of my favorite shots from Charlotte are a short bike ride from my house. My favorite photos are typically where I am at. I think that is because it doesn’t take me as much time to travel to these locations giving me more time to focus on the shots I am taking. While it only typically take a moment to take a photo, getting the frame right takes time. To me, these shots represent more than a just a photo. These photos represent to me a moment in time. A moment where I remember a great view, a great vacation or the thrill of capturing a great photo.
These photos represent some great shots I took close by. Last Christmas, we visited Gatlinburg, Tennessee. We rented a cabin with my in-laws, and enjoy many of the great sites and sounds of the area. One of my favorite places to visit was the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The only thing I didn’t like about it was how crowded it was. At many of the best views it was difficult to find a good place to park. However, this great view, I didn’t have to drive far to capture. I actually didn’t have to drive far at all. I walked a few minutes away from the cabin we were staying at, and this was the view I found. It was absolutely amazing. I took a few moments, and snapped photos of it. I even took out my photography crystal ball to get some cool visuals of this area. Sometimes I find the best views close by.
Here are some other great photos I took of locations that were close to where I was at.