Enjoy this inviting journey into the most colorful season of the year with the first in this series featuring a beautiful autumn passageway in Tennessee. Take a stroll down this blacktopped country road bathed in beautiful hues of orange, gold, red, brown and green, soak in the sunlight as it filters through the trees, and smell the fresh, crisp scent of a beautiful fall day. Original photo taken at Shiloh National Military Park in Shiloh, Tennessee.
A note from the artist: I am an artistic photographer based in Jackson, Tennessee. I spend my days finding serenity and capturing it's beauty. Road by road, path by path, and step by step, I seek it.
I find serenity in beautiful scenes in front of me, the sweet sounds of songbirds, the fragrant scent of a rose in spring, and the whoosh of an eagle's wings above. I find serenity by the river, just listening to the water lap against the rocks on the shoreline. I find serenity down a quiet gravel road in the country. I find serenity as I stand in front of forgotten old barns, overgrown with weeds. I find it beside ponds, in cotton fields, and in swamplands and in so many other places, most people don't even know exist.
I've been told and told over and over again, the only way I'll be successful is if I can give something of value to the world. The peace and serenity I find is the most valuable thing I have to give. I will walk as many forgotten paths filled with brush and undergrowth I have to in order to capture it, then bring it to others. I will spend as many hours as necessary to take that picture I've made, and create a masterpiece of art out of it in order to bring that serene moment... that special, peaceful little something... into the environments of those who need it. Because experiencing one serene moment may be all that's needed to turn a dark moment into one filled with light. Because escaping into serenity can take an anxious heart and calm it in an instant. Because immersing oneself into serenity can breathe life into a tired soul again.
As I look back at where I started on this journey, the events I went through in my life, the relationships, the jobs, the moments I'd just rather forget, I decided something. I decided there is nothing I'd rather spend my time doing, than to capture and bring serenity into a world so desperately in need of its presence. See, I don't just think the world needs it -- I know firsthand it does. And I'm thrilled to be a creator of illusive, peaceful, serene moments featuring nature and wildlife -- and to be able to bring them to you.
December 11th, 2013
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