Thursday, February 19, 2009

anticipation and inspiration

Every gardener knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle ... a seed waiting to sprout, a bulb opening to the light, a bud straining to unfurl. And the anticipation nurtures our dream.
--Barbara Winkler

The winter chill settled in again today, but I've got spring on my mind. It's impossible to be content in February. Fortunately, little sprouts like these growing in silence give us hope.

My thanks to Marie for her mention today of Appalachian Treks on the Blue Ridge Blog. To be honest, although we've never met, she was one of the main inspirations for starting this project two years ago. Her photos and stories inspired me to share my own journeys and experiences of this beautiful region. Thanks Marie!

And while I'm mentioning sources of inspiration, let me introduce you to a new local blog -- Kingsport photographer Earl Carter's Southern Visions. On it he shares wonderful photos of Appalachia, some old and some new, along with stories of the places he's visited and those he's meet during his years as a photojournalist. Check it out -- and be sure to click on the 'older posts' link at the bottom to see all that he's posted so far.

Photo info: Nikon D90 with Tamron 90mm lens at f/3.8, 1/30 sec., ISO 500.

1 comment:

  1. Very nice Mark. We're getting a little Winter-weary here at Blackberry Blossom Farm too, ready to get some gardens going again. We added you & Lee to an updated page called Resources on our website. Come see us sometime! There is also anther fellow photographer we met at the Jonesborough Farmers' Market you'll enjoy meeting sometime. Check out his link & photos too.


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