Dedication to Our Passions

This is the Little River at the Townsend Y (where Townsend Entrance Rd, Little River Road and Laurel Creek Rd intersect) in the Smokies. In the summer this area is covered with people floating/tubing downstream. During the other seasons it is prime time for photography, especially at dawn, dusk or cloudy days.

This is an 8 second exposure at f/22 and ISO:100 (with a dark ND filter). It was taken just as the sun had gone down behind the trees and the sky had a soft filtered light.

Light and timing are critical for photographers when capturing an image that leaps off the page or stirs an emotion. It requires long hours of work/play, patience and commitment to their passion. Most do not shoot for money but for personal pleasure and the joy of sharing their experiences with others.

If only each of us who call ourselves a child of the King would be as dedicated to loving our Lord and loving our neighbor as a photographer is to perfecting their craft -- the world would be a much better place to live, and perhaps Jesus' model prayer would be answered by the Father... "Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, one earth as it is in heaven."

The Townsend Wye (Y)
Great Smoky Mountains National Park


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