My little red tree that gave me the thoughts of “Different” also Stands Out from the evergreens around it. We as photographers usually stand out from the, drive by point and shoot crowd. Lots of time we take more time setting up our tripod and camera than they do to stop, shoot, and move on…….I don’t know at the time I’ve been sitting in Cades Cove, reading, when someone would stop, look, snap a shoot and go on. They would be nothing out there, but seeing my camera, tripod, and long lens they would just assume I was shooting something……They can be bothersome at times. They’ll come up and start asking questions while you’re concentrating on a shoot. Even though we may be bothered we can play a big part in spreading the need for things like conservation. By standing out and getting the attention from those around us, we can play a bigger part in saving and preserving what we love to shoot…….So next time you are asked “ are you taking a picture of that”, don’t say “no I’m checking for gamma rays from the space ship that landed last night”. Tell them yes and why we should be helping save Mother Nature….Stand Out Make A Difference.
Image taken at the Oconaluftee Valley Overlook, Newfound Gap Rd., Great Smoky Mountain NP