Summer Wanderings Part 6: Tennessee

Exploring the Underbelly of Eastern Tennessee

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It’s official – we’ve finally buckled down to give you that final post from our summer adventures – featuring Tennessee!  We didn’t spend a lot of time in Tennessee on this trip – in fact, we the only time we spent shooting in Tennessee was underneath it!  Way back in 2009, we first visited Bristol Caverns, and we thought it was high time to make another visit.  The cavern system was first discovered by the indigenous people of the region, and was used as both storage and refuge for the tribe’s raiding parties during the colonial period.  Fast forward a few centuries, and the cave was equipped with concrete paths and steps – even a bridge – and opened to the public for regular tours.

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On our visit, some 70 years after the first public tours began, we took the whole family along for our spelunking adventure.  The caves, carved out of the Tennessee limestone, offer an easy way to explore the cavernous spaces and amazing formations, without having to squeeze through skinny spots or contort yourself into pretzel-like shapes to traverse the cave system.  There are several sections open to the public via guided tour – with another section three times as large as the current area, being prepared for future tours.  The cave even has a stream running through its lower depths, complete with sundry wildlife.

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Summer Wanderings Part 6: Tennessee

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Miles of Chrome: The Cussler Museum

The Cussler Museum is Denver’s Hidden Automotive Gem

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While the main reason for our fall trip out west was the stunning natural beauty of our great national parks, I couldn’t fly into Denver without a trip to the Cussler Museum.  Tucked away among the thriving suburbs, in a small commercial park, you would have no idea what a treasure trove of rare and storied cars can be found just on the other side of the door.  With an emphasis on both pre-war coach-built luxury cars and classic American cars from the 50’s, the Cussler Museum provides an extensive collection of truly unique automobiles.

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We first encountered Clive Cussler through his fast-paced adventure novels which made the long hours on the road to and from NH fly by.  One of the unique bits of his books that just sucked me in was the descriptions of rare and obscure cars that the protagonist would often find himself in – compiling a substantial collection of rare metal as the series progressed. I’m not sure if fact imitated fiction, or vice versa, but before a trip out to Colorado for an architectural shoot back in 2008, I discovered the Cussler Museum and added it to my itinerary.  Admittedly, I hadn’t had much regard for pre-war cars up until that point, but after taking a few hours to marvel at the sculpted lines and subtle details, I was hooked!  So, with the chance to go back again this past fall, I knew I had to venture once again to the Cussler Museum and show Bryn what all my fuss was about.  It was a great trip!

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Miles of Chrome: The Cussler Museum

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Autumn in the National Parks – Mesa Verde

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Day 9 of our out west adventure began early in Moab – we stayed in this great little historic motel, The Apache – but with a two hour drive to Mesa Verde and a 7 hour drive back to Denver, we needed to get on the road early!  We really weren’t sure what to expect out of this park – aside from knowing that it was a different sort of place than the strictly natural wonders we had been photographing over the previous week.  It was a neat change of scenery – walking back in time 1,000 years – and exploring these ancient yet artistically built Pueblo communities.

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One thing we noticed throughout the parks is that mid-September marks the beginning of the slow season for the National Parks Service.  As a result, staffing, tours, and even accommodations begin to scale back.  In Mesa Verde, that meant that several of the cliff dwellings were closed for exploration or tours for winter season.  However, the Spruce Tree House community was still open, and though small compared to several of the other cliff dwellings, provided a fascinating glimpse into the building practices of this ancient people.  From low doors to maximize heat retention, to sunken pit-rooms to keep cool, it was amazing to see how these people adjusted to the climate an eon before air conditioning.  Another neat thing about Spruce Tree House was the opportunity to explore one of the cylindrical sunken rooms firsthand.

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The Boca Experience Part 2: Wild Florida

It’s official – you can stop holding your breath now.  The long-awaited second post from our corporate shoot in Boca Raton is officially here.  This time, we’re sharing some of our favorite photos from the Florida Everglades and surrounding areas.  Unlike a swamp, the Everglades are actually shallow, slow moving rivers of water that meander from headwaters in northern Florida to the open water surrounding the southern tip of the peninsula.   This amazing location is home to a wide variety of wildlife, from alligators and crocodiles, to wading birds, panthers and black bears.

Above is a black necked stilt, one of the many species of birds that calls the Everglades home.  At the turn of the 20th century, the area was home to flocks of birds numbering in the millions.  It was not uncommon for a flock to take flight and blot out the sun, stretching for as far as the eye could see.  But in the 1920s, the once plentiful birds were nearly hunted to extinction because of the fashion of the day – large, gaudy hats decorated with profuse numbers of bird feathers.  Thankfully, the wildlife has been making a healthy comeback over the past 60 or so years, and though not what it once was, the Everglades are still an amazing place to visit.

Anyway, here are several of our favorite photos from the shoot – as always, downloadable as HD desktop wallpaper.  Enjoy!

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Capturing History: The Boca Raton Resort & Club

We recently had the pleasure of shooting the Boca Raton Resort and Club for one of our commercial clients.  This 1000+ room resort began its life during the Florida Land Boom as the Cloister Inn, built in 1926 as the most expensive 100 room hotel in the world.  Since then, the hotel has gradually, though steadily grown into one of the top resorts in Florida.  With 7 swimming pools, two professional golf courses, eleven restaurants, and hundreds of feet of ocean-front property, its no wonder!

Also – neat fact:  During WWII the resort played an essential role as a barracks housing soldiers for nearby Boca Raton Army Air Force Base. The troops affectionately called it “the most elegant barracks in history”.

Anyway, here are several of our favorite photos from the shoot – as always, downloadable as HD desktop wallpaper.  Enjoy!

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150 Years Later: Rediscovering Fort Clinch

Just today, we had the opportunity to shoot another signature Fernandina event for the Amelia Island Tourist Development Council. This time, we visited Fort Clinch – a Civil War era fort that 150 years ago today, was occupied by union troops (and remained in union custody until the conclusion of the war).  On the first weekend of every month, you’ll find more than your average tourist walking around these ancient ground.  In fact, you’ll be surrounded by troops, doctors, shop keepers, and a slew of other folk straight out of 1862.

Along with a large contingent of other guests, we spent the morning with these dedicated folks, learning much about life in the 19th century. From the joy of dental work (the patient had to use a foot pedal to power the drill), to soldier life in the south before vaccines, to live cannon firing demonstrations (below), the morning was certainly a treat!

Being a history buff myself, this trip was especially enjoyable for me.  Inspired by the day, I decided to do a little extra work on several of the photos to give them a period feel (above and below).  To do this I created vignetting on the sides, added a progressive blur toward the outsides, and did a slight textured overlay to make it all come together.  I thought the finished product turned out well.

Also – neat fact.  As you may know, i grew up in NH.  While talking with one of the park rangers, come to discover that the granite used in the construction of the fort is no other than NH rock!  Pretty cool stuff.   Anyway, here are several of our favorite photos from the day – as always, downloadable as HD desktop wallpaper.  Enjoy!

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HD Time Lapse – Remembering the Memorial Bridge

As you may have heard, last night the main span of the Memorial Bridge (Portsmouth, NH) was floated out – severing the 89 year connection the bridge made between New Hampshire and Maine.  As a tribute, I put together the video below.  It incorporates a few of our images, but even better than that, I put together a multiple-camera HD time lapse video from the webcam photos of PortsmouthWebcam.com.  Being 1,200 or so miles from Portsmouth, it was a real blessing to be able to watch the bridges final hours.  Many kudos to the folks that put these webcams together!

The video finishes with vintage footage and a few vintage stills from news reels back in the 1920s that feature the construction and opening day for the bridge.  If you would like to read more about this great bridge and see more photos of its inauguration, check out SeacoastNH.com.

Here’s the full 2 minute HD YouTube video below:

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