I live in Athens but teach at GCSU in Milledgeville, so I know HWY 441 very, very well. I have seen these cows grazing near this old home countless times, and when the weather is just right I will bring my camera with me, just in case. One day everything finally aligned, and I stood on the side of the road with my zoom lens, capturing this moment with the serene colors and the peaceful graze of this herd of cattle. It is one of my favorite images from the past year.
I love the Georgia mountains, and one of the most picturesque spots is atop Blood Mountain, which rises over 4,000 feet above sea level. My buddy Jason and I wanted to capture the rising sun from the top of the mountain, so we drove to the trailhead and started our hike at 3:30 A.M. in pitch darkness. It was a bit of a spooky hike, but the end result was well worth it. This is one of my favorite images from the past year.
I love this photo, for the simplicity, the beauty, the colors, and the serenity that Driftwood Beach provides. I got to the location around 4:00 A.M. to shoot the Milky Way over these ancient trees. As the night sky slowly turned to Blue Hour and then daybreak, I continued to photograph the scene, coming away with many images that I really love. But this is my favorite, so much so that it is on the cover of my book that is being released this May.