52-’11 / Week Seventeen / April 23 – April 30

My prayers this week are for the hundreds of people who have suffered unimaginable loss of property in my community. My heart is broken for those who have lost loved ones and property both here and across the Southeast. The people I spoke to today would appreciate your prayers.

Fortunately, I have images from last Sunday to select from for this week’s photo. I haven’t made any since then and didn’t use my camera today.

"Sons, Easter 2011", copyright 2011 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

"Sons, Easter 2011", copyright 2011 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

Can you believe these are my babies? They fill my heart. I am so proud of both of them!

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Published in: on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 8:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

52-’11 / Week Sixteen / April 17 – April 23

In honor of Confederate Memorial Day, on April 26th, and the 150th Anniversary of the beginning of the War Between the States.The foggy morning made the trip to the cemetery even more somber. So much loss and so much tragedy for so many families.

"Stonewall Cemetery in Fog, 2011", copyright 2011 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

"Stonewall Cemetery in Fog, 2011", copyright 2011 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

Published in: on Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 8:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

52-’11 / Week Fifteen / April 10 – April 16

This week, I knew I would be out-of-town today, but didn’t know if I’d have any time for a shoot. Since we had to go to the home improvement store anyway, I gave myself the assignment of doing a shoot there. It was much harder than I thought! I did manage to get several good shots, but the one below is my favorite. I think I like it so much because of the primary colors and the symmetry. Care to guess what it is?

"One of It's Kind", copyright 2011 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

"One of It's Kind", copyright 2011 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

Blessings!

Shannon \o/

Published in: on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 9:16 pm  Comments (1)  

52-’11 / Week Fourteen / April 3 – April 9

What a beautiful day in Georgia! Roy drove us around west of town today; Fayette, Coweta, and Meriwether Counties. A friend of his had told him about an old mill, so we went to find it. The mill was far down a narrow country road through a young, planted-pine forest. We came to the creek and sure enough, hidden in the overgrowth along the edge was the remnants of the mill. The sun was in the wrong place for a good image, but we will go back in the morning sun sometime for some good shots. While Roy explored near the site, I captured some shots of the creek from the narrow bridge. A local man stopped to chat. He grew up in the area and said the mill had been a grist mill for the area during his grandfather’s day. The owner of the mill burned the mill for the insurance money, which he collected then rebuilt. Later he burned it again, but when the insurance didn’t pay, he didn’t rebuild. What’s left is what we saw. He told me the pond which had fed the mill had been dammed by slaves, with huge rocks and boulders laid into it. After all the years it held, the floods of 1993 collapsed it. His conversation meandered through tales of swimming all up and down the creek as a boy, the black sand and fool’s gold found there, the old ‘shine stills that used to dot the area. He showed us a civil war relic–a grapeshot–he had found nearby, as well as a meteorite rock he had found near his home. After declining a swig of his homemade ‘shine in the clean, clear milk jug (confirmed at his insistence we smell how good it was), we thanked him for sharing the history of the area, and parted ways. Photography is never boring, and the people we meet are interesting to an amazing degree. 🙂

Can you just imagine kicking back in an old tire tube down the swift flow of this shade-covered creek?

 

"A Creek in the South", copyright 2011 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

"A Creek in the South", copyright 2011 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

 

 

Published in: on Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 9:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

52-’11 / Week Thirteen / March 27 – April 2

Skyler has to do a project for his ag class, so today’s shoot was of the livestock variety. Never having spent much time around goats before, I found them to be funny, interesting creatures and an incredible stubbornness about them. This image is of one who seemed to respond to the instruction from Roy, “Ok, profile!” as I was shooting. It was a fun time on a beautiful day with my family. 🙂

"Profile!", copyright 2011 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

"Profile!", copyright 2011 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

Published in: on Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 9:37 pm  Comments (1)