One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in His temple. (Psalm 27:4)
We are in the middle of a major heat wave, and my camera and I have been pretty much staying in the air conditioning. So, since I haven't been out to look for new photo opportunities, I decided to dig out a few old photos to share.
The tulip tree (also called tulip poplar or yellow poplar) is Indiana's state tree. They're not really a common "landscape" tree and are found mostly in woods. But a friend of ours had this tree in her yard, and we just happened to be there when it was in bloom. And then, as an added bonus, this butterfly appeared on the scene.
And this butterfly was on a gorgeous azalea bush at the Dairy Queen in Cherokee, North Carolina.
Mist hanging over a mountain stream in the Smoky Mountains.
A small, unnamed waterfall on the Middle Prong Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
An autumn view from a Gatlinburg overlook on the Gatlinburg Bypass in the Smokies.
A view of fall colors from Campbell Overlook, one of my favorite views in Smoky Mountain National Park.
This is one of my favorite photos. It was taken in the spring of the year at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in the Smokies, where there is a sort of replica of a farm as it might have existed before the area became a national park. I had seen this rooster under the forsythia bush, but the sunshine made it impossible to see anything on the LCD screen of my camera; and I would have had to get down in the dirt to frame the picture in the viewfinder. So I just held the camera low and clicked the shutter, having no idea whether I was getting anything at all. I was pleasantly surprised with the resulting image.