Darrel and Tammy Smith are raising several varieties of muscadine grapes on their farm in Grays Chapel, North Carolina. They pick them for both table use and wine. Muscadines are the only grapes native to the Southeastern United States, and include the brown variety folks often call scuppernongs. Their vineyard is located on the slopes of Caudle's Mountain, one of the most scenic spots in Randolph County.
Technology has had a profound effect on how we approach photography these days. Black and white film required processing and lab work to produce a finished image. Transparency film, which was the mainstay of my commercial work, meant I had to shoot everything as a finished image. Post-processing a slide meant a lot of trouble and expense. Enter the digital photograph. It's still important to shoot things right to begin with, but post-processing allows us to take images in different directions after the fact. Photographs can be revisited and re-processed. These photographs are from a series I shot a while back of dancers at a Native American pow wow in Greeensboro with a little tweeking from the original versions.
Neighbors Joe Capps, Sr. and his son Joe, Jr. were hard at work today combining corn. It's been dry and hot this summer and the corn crop isn't the best around here, but the harvest goes on anyway. Jack Fagg came in behind the combine with a rotary mower chopping the left over stalks so it will be easier to get the ground ready to plant grain in the fall.
Mist rises from a valley below the Blue Ridge Parkway at sunrise near Boone, North Carolina.
Though perhaps not as majestic as say the Rockies, the Appalachian Mountains and the Blue Ridge in particular are special nonetheless. The drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia and North Carolina is one of the most spectacular in the country.