Monthly Archives: October 2012

Photography, The CSX and Photoshop Elements 9

I found the CSX stopped on the railroad tracks this morning.  I applied two filters using Photoshop Elements 9 giving it an artistic look.

Written and photographed by Mary Gilmartin, October 26, 2012

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Photography, Indian Summer in October 2012

Indian summer is what we call a day like today…

Temperatures reached a high of 80 °F, but it was cool under an umbrella of trees when I took a walk in Stone Mountain Park with my grandson this afternoon.

The geese enjoyed our company as we walked along the lake front.

This section of the park is near the 732-bell Carillon.

You are never too young to learn photography. Above taken by a 6-year-old.

Meet my grandson, Dakota, the 6-year-old photographer.

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, October 23, 2012

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Photography: Autumn in Western North Carolina

It’s early when you get up at 5:30 am and leave the house an hour later for a weekend in the mountains of Western North Carolina. I’ve driven for a couple of hours and it’s still early when I pull over to take this photograph of the fall foliage.

It’s 8:30 am.Time to stop at my favorite apple house for a hot cup of coffee and apple turnover before crossing the North Carolina state line. I’m their first customer.

 I took the nature walk along the river in Murphy up to the old railroad overpass.

Now it’s back on the road again. Driving towards the Great Smoky Mountains.

My first stop is at the Patton’s Run Overlook in the Nantahala National Forest.

 River rafting on the Nantahala river before driving to Cherokee to visit Indian Museum.

 The next town is Bryson City, North Carolina where we stop for lunch.

Took a walk in the forest and saw this nice green plant among the fall leaves.

It was a great day for fly fishing in a mountain stream in Cherokee, North Carolina for one fisherman.

The next day it’s time to make that long drive home.  The Blue Ridge Mountains are almost as blue as the sky today.

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, October 21, 2012

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Halloween, The-Pumpkin-Patch 2012

6-PUMPKINS-CROPPED 096-E_edited-1Fall is the time of year when the wind from the gulf stream blows cool air from the west to the east reaching southward to Atlanta, Georgia in the United States.

It’s also the time of the year when the local farmers harvest their fields of pumpkins. Pumpkins are a warm-season vegetable and need long periods of hot weather for growing and cannot tolerate any frost. Not only are they used as Halloween
jack-o’-lanterns,  but they’re great for making pumpkin pies and soups.

Today I visited a Pumpkin Patch to buy my pumpkin for  making a jack-o’-lantern for Halloween.

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In the olden days a team of mules plowed the ground preparing it for planting the pumpkin seeds. 

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I wonder if the green one will ripen in time for harvest.

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There were other things to see at this Pumpkin Farm in the Exotic and Reptile exhibit. I don’t know their names.

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Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, October 17, 2012

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Photography: Vincent Van Crow

Today I took a drive an hour north of Atlanta, Georgia. That’s where I saw “Vincent Van Crow” painting on the streets of Dahlonega.

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, October 13, 2012

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