Dogwood Trail Drive

I have lived in Knoxville, TN since October of 2003 and I have yet to drive the Dogwood Trails at the time they are in bloom.  Well, it is still a little early for all of the dogwood trees, at least some of them, and so I was able to get some great shots, but I was also able to get some great pictures of the flowers at the houses along the way!  It was a beautiful afternoon for a drive and after spending the afternoon down at the dogwood arts festival I took the long way home.  Here are some of the treasures I discovered!  If you haven’t driven them, I highly recommend it!

I’ll post more tomorrow or in the coming days.  I really did captures some dogwoods in bloom!

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Lunch Wanderings

Okay so today I’d like to tell you a story.  For those of you that don’t know, my full-time job is at Scripps Networks, home of HGTV, Food Network, DIY, FLN, GAC and the Travel Channel.  We have a beautiful campus here in Knoxville, TN and I absolutely love working for such an amazing company.  Recently we added a new building onto our campus and are beginning to move in the employees that have been scattered around West Knoxville for the past few years.  I have worked there for over 5 years now, and just today, on the beautiful day that it was, I decided to take a photo walk on my lunch break and explore the campus.  So of course, wearing my flip flops of all shoes (I won’t be doing that tomorrow) I took off to see what it was that I could see.

First off I headed around the front of our building and encountered a redbud tree!  I had to capture a picture of that since they are actually beginning to fall already!  (What with the 90 degree weather we are having and all)

After that I wandered around to the tulips that were blooming and took an great capture of a yellow tulip at the only time you ever can take a picture of the inside and get no shadow!

After that I decided to go where in 5 years I had never gone before!!  To the other side of the lake!!  🙂  Okay so I’d been around to the other side of the lake, but not as far as today.  We have a little gazebo on the hill on the far side of the lake and I had never trekked to it.  So off I went to see our perfect little getaway spot.

And right outside the gazebo were some tulips that hadn’t quite opened up!  I love this one that I captured and I’m glad I got it then because I’m sure by tomorrow it will be wide open in bloom.

And last but not least, I wanted to show you the view from the gazebo!  Here it is, what is now the “old” building and up there on the second floor is what will be my new home in a few months.  When that happens, I’ll have officially lived on all 3 floors of the “old” building.  Maybe then I’ll try out the new one!  Speaking of, if you look to the reflection on the left side of the building, you will see the reflection of the new building.

Well I hope you enjoyed my tour today and I’m feeling incredibly inspired to do another one tomorrow if the weather is as perfect as it was today!

Have a wonderful day and I’ll see you back here next time around!

Christmas Party

Tonight was our 2B1 Christmas party.  Fun was had by all and as always, I had my camera there ready to capture images.  It started out with a wonderful meal and then after good times of fellowship over that and the desserts, we moved onto a game of Dirty Santa.  Here are two fun shots I took of some of the lovely ladies that were there.  Need more time to work on the other images, but I really like the effects of the second one.  I like the antique look I was able to achieve on the second photograph! 

New Photoshop Techniques

Tonight I decided to play with a few new Photoshop Techniques.  I wanted to see how I could change one image in multiple ways.  Here are the two pictures.  I would love to know which one is your favorite.  I’m still deciding.

Christmas in the Air

The holiday season is just around the corner and because I will not be spending the next 3 weeks with my husband, I decided to put up the tree a little early this year.  I was playing around with some of the ornaments, taking pictures, and here is one of my favorite ones.  Amazingly my cat Stormy sitting on the other side of the ornament played into part of the black background.  So to all of you far and near, Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!!

Brock & Julie

I had the pleasure of taking pictures of my friends, Brock and Julie a few weeks ago.  Things have been so crazy here that I have not had time to post.  Here are some select pics of them that I was able to capture.  It was a beautiful fall day for a photo shoot.  Thanks guys, it was so much fun to capture the both of you!

Dancing

A Private Moment

Colorful

Leaf Fight

Widescape

Walk in the Moonlight