Photography

Van Camping Along Highway 64 in the Birthplace of Conservation

Glynn Wilson A mountain meadow along the Davidson River during the spring blooming season. (Click on the images for a larger view. More photos and videos below.) Secret Vistas by Glynn Wilson ASHEVILLE, N.C., March 25 — Sitting in a camp chair in front of the computer by the French Broad River, one of those…

A Pair of Pileated Woodpeckers Live Near Lake Chinnabee

A pair of pileated woodpeckers dryocopus pileatus hang out regularly in the vicinity of Lake Chinnabee Recreation Area in the Talladega National Forest, just down the mountain from Cheaha State Park, Alabama’s highest point. These huge birds are nearly as large as a crow and are sometimes mistaken for the ivory-billed woodpecker, believed by many…

Secret Vistas: A Red-Bellied Woodpecker in Cheaha State Park

Glynn Wilson Click here or on the image for a larger view This red-bellied woodpecker [melanerpes carolinus], close cousin to the northern flicker, also known as the yellow-hammer, the state bird of Alabama, stopped by for a meal atop a pine tree by our campsite Saturday afternoon in Cheaha State Park in the lower Campground…

Secret Vistas: A View of Cheaha Mountain from Campground No. 2

Glynn Wilson This is the view of Cheaha Mountain, the highest point in Alabama, in the Cheaha State Park from our campsite in Campground No. 2. There are the beginnings of autumn color here, mainly some reds in the dogwoods. The winds were gusting so hard this morning there was no way to put the…

A Blue Jay Visits the Backyard Bird Bath

Glynn Wilson While setting up in the backyard bird blind to see what species I could photograph during the fall bird migration of 2011, this vibrant-colored blue jay [cyanocitta cristata] visited the bird bath and I was able to get quite a few shots. Pretty much every day, the large blue jays run other birds…

Secret Vistas: Cloudland Canyon State Park

Glynn Wilson For a sneak preview of a work in progress, hit this: Secret Vistas: The Waterfalls of Cloudland Canyon State Park Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains on the western edge of Lookout Mountain in the northwest corner of Georgia, just across the Alabama and Tennessee lines near the town of Rising Fawn, there is…

Photographer Rowland Scherman Was There

He Shot Rock ‘n’ Roll Too How many roads must a man walk down Before they call him a man? The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind The answer is blowin’ in the wind. — Bob Dylan Glynn Wilson Rowland Scherman at Art Folk, Inc., “We Shot Rock ‘n’ Roll” (See video, links…

Daylight Savings Time to Start Sunday March 13

Don’t Forget to Spring Forward This male house finch [carpodacus mexicanus ] is ready for some spring weather too. This is a test of the new Sigma 150-500mm telephoto zoom lens. Daylight Savings Time starts this weekend. I may hit the road this weekend to do some more testing of the new lens. The Central…

Little River Canyon Waterfall

Glynn Wilson Click on the image for a larger view… Little River Falls is located in Little River Canyon, a National Preserve managed by the National Park Service. It is located just southwest of DeSoto State Park in the Appalachian Mountains of North Alabama. Like other National Park Service properties, such as the Great Smoky…

Autumn Foliage at DeSoto Falls in DeSoto State Park

Glynn Wilson Click on the image for a larger view… The air is crisp and cold at DeSoto State Park and the autumn color is evident in the hardwoods, yet muted due to the dry summer and fall. The Alabama Chapter of the Sierra Club is about to wrap up the final meeting of the…

A Dead Great Blue Heron on West Beach in Gulf Shores

Glynn Wilson Back in May, we photographed a stressed out, oil-tainted great blue heron by the Little Lagoon Pass on West Beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The best photo of that bird can be viewed at this link. More photos of other herons in the same nesting community can be seen here. I reported the…

Headwaters: A Journey on Alabama Rivers

The Friends of the Locust Fork River will sponsor a public presentation by award winning photographer Beth Maynor Young entitled Headwaters: A Journey on Alabama Rivers, for The Covered Bridge Festival, Thursday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. The event will be held at the Lester Memorial United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Oneonta, Alabama. The…

VIDEO: Hurricane Katrina Fifth Anniversary

The city of New Orleans suffered one of the worst disasters in U.S. history when Hurricane Katrina flooded the city in 2005. Then when the Saints won the Super Bowl in 2010, the people felt like the city was back. But seven weeks later, BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig blew up in the Gulf of…

A Great White Heron in New Orleans’ Audubon Park

Glynn Wilson A great egret [ardea alba], a.k.a the great white heron, in New Orleans’ Audubon Park, home to what must be the largest flock just about anywhere. Meanwhile, birds are dying by the thousands just south of here in the Gulf of Mexico, where BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil gusher continues to pour into the…

A Muted Happy Mother's Day Bouquet

Glynn Wilson [Click on the image for a larger view] Happy Mother’s day to all you great mothers out there, and I don’t mean MoFos. Any celebrated from here has to be muted by the looming disaster out in the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy it while you can… The buffet at Tamera’s Bar & Grill…

Photographer Theodore Lamont Cross Dies at 86

In Memoriam Birders United Theodore Cross, a bird photographer, author, publisher, and founder of Birders United, died in Sanibel, Florida, on Sunday, February 28. He was 86. “All of us at Birders United are extremely saddened by the passing of our leader and dear friend,” the group said in a statement. “He will be deeply…