I purchased a set of beautiful Nikkor AI-S fast prime lenses to convert to cinema and I would like to sell these 3 (I have these focal lengths covered). They are in excellent condition and will work on all Nikon cameras. They also work incredibly well on Canon (and others) cameras with an adapter. I use them on my 5D mark II and 7D. Manual Nikkor lenses are perfect for cinema work with their very wide apertures and gorgeous ”bokeh”. You also have manual aperture control which is one thing I’ve miss so much with Canon EOS. Modern auto-focus lenses have beautiful glass but are not designed for manual focusing and nearly impossible to rack focus, even with a nice follow focus device. Most of all, they are EXPENSIVE! This is why full manual Nikkor prime lenses are back in demand. I’ve listed my prices below and also noted the prices that are being asked by one of the best used lens dealers in the USA, KEH in Atlanta, GA.
28mm f/2 AI-S $320 (KEH used price $449)
50mm f/1.8 AI-S $75 (KEH used price $100)
85mm f/2 AI-S $295 (KEH used price $365)
Buy all 3 to get the best deal $625
My email address is greerphotoATgmailDOTcom you can also contact me at http://www.jerrygreerphotography.com
Richard Foster posted this poem (thanks Richard!) on an image that I shared on my Facebook page. For me, it best describes the fleeting color of our spring season. The reds, golds and bright greens of the mountain valleys and ridges are so amazing as the forest awakens from her winter slumber. I see it as the grandest time of year! A time of new birth, a renewal, before the summer returns and paints them with the rich hue of dark green—as far as the eye can see. If only for a short moment in time, I can chase them from the valleys to the highest peaks. The Blue Ridge and southern Appalachian Mountains are rivaled by no other in North America. No other area in a temperate climate can match the amazing diversity of plants, animals, and invertebrates. Over 17,000 species have been documented in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park alone. Scientists believe an additional 30,000-80,000 species may live in the Park.
I have been working photographically in the Blue Ridge and southern Appalachians for nearly 20 years. I was born in these mountains and they had their hand in raising me. My get-away from the chaotic life, known as boyhood, was spending countless hours traipsing through the fields and forests of southwest Virginia. For all but 7 years, I have lived in these ancient mountains and I still, to this day, continue to be driven creatively by them.
With this, I invite you to join me in my first and most exciting workshop and tour of 2013, Great Smoky Mountains National Park “Spring Wildflowers and Landscapes”. Follow this link for more information and to sign up for the event.
First I wanted to note how much I enjoy reading the great info posted on the Documentary Tech blog. As most may know, I have been adding more motion and documentary work over the past 2 years and I am finding great info on this site. However, last night I was spending some time exploring the site and I choose to check out a post on equipment. As I scrolled down the page an image caught my eye, the camera in the photo looked so much like my own, not many filmmakers use a Canon TS-E lens for shooting motion. It was a strange feeling because I surely didn’t expect to see an image of my camera, it was from an earlier blog post in 2011. It actually took a moment for me to make the connection and realize that the camera in the photo was mine! That being said, I just sent them an email, not because I am upset that they used my image without my knowledge but to make a suggestion. The suggestion is actually a requirement that I have for bloggers requesting the use of my images. I require that they link to my site and credit me for the image. I also suggested that they consider making my suggestion common practice. I’ve added a screen capture of the image posted in 2011 here on this blog and also a screen capture from my image on the DT blog. I hope that bloggers will do a better job at abiding by the copyright laws that are there to protect us all.
Screen Capture from my blog posted in 2011.
Screen capture from the Documentary Tech Blog
I just received my advance copies of the June issue of WNC Magazine and I had a wonderful surprise! I was aware that they had chosen to use 5 of my photographs for a photo essay titled Calm of the Wild but I had no idea that they were going to use an image on the cover as well! It’s great to be back on the cover and on the inside pages of such a beautiful Magazine (and they did a great job with the images). Here’s the cover and the full bleed spreads. All of the inside images were printed as ”full-bleed double-truck”, or two page, full-bleed spreads. If you get a chance stop by any book retailer and pick up a copy!
Hey everyone, I want to remind all that I have listed my 2012 Workshops on my site. Check them out and if you have any questions or would like to join us on a trip please feel free to contact me at anytime. Here’s a link to review the schedule. 2012 Jerry Greer Photography workshops and Tours.
My first of the year is coming up very soon. For more info and to sign up follow this link: Great Smoky Mountains National Park “Spring Wildflowers & Landscapes” • Gatlinburg, Tennessee • April 19-22, 2012
On Thursday morning I received an email from a concerned citizen from Kingsport, Tennessee, informing me of an article the Kingsport Times News had ran that day. Its headline, Hawkins County intends to fill in a swampy section of Laurel Run Park near the entrance gate at the far west end of the park (written by Jeff Bobo), got my attention and I wanted to know what exactly was going down in Hawkins County. I immediately called the news room and asked if someone could email me the article so that I could better assess the situation. Within an hour I received the message with the attached article.
In the article, Alderman Joe McLain, a member of the Hawkins County Commission who serves on the Parks Committee, explained to the Board of Mayor and Alderman Monday that the county intends to fill in a swampy section of Laurel Run Park near the entrance gate at the far west end of the park. Laurel Run Park is located along the south bank of the Holston River just outside the Church Hill city limits. “It gets worse every year, and if it gets too bad they will eventually declare it a (protected) wetland and you can’t ever do anything with it,” McLain said. “Right now the state has said we can fill it in with dirt. We have to leave the drains in it, but we can fill it in with dirt and reclaim that property basically because right now you can’t even mow it.” After reading the entire piece I felt that I needed to make a call to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC). While waiting on a call back I did a little research. Here’s Tennessee’s definition and delineation of wetlands.
Wetlands definitions and delineation
The Tennessee Water Quality Control Act of 1977 defines “waters of the state” as: any and all water, public or private, on or beneath the surface of the ground, which are contained within, flow through, or border upon Tennessee or any portion thereof except those bodies of water confined to and retained within the limits of private property in single ownership which do not combine or effect a junction with natural surface or underground waters. Wetlands are defined in the TDEC rules as “those areas that are inundated or saturated by surface or ground water at a frequency and duration sufficient to support, and that under normal circumstances do support, a prevalence of vegetation typically adapted for life in saturated soil conditions. Wetlands generally include swamps, marshes, bogs, and similar areas.”Tennessee relies on the delineation criteria in the Corps’ 1987 Wetland Delineation Manual.
Wetland related statutes and regulations
The Tennessee Water Quality Control Act of 1977 and the corresponding Aquatic Resources Alteration Rule establish the state’s Aquatic Resources Alteration Permit (ARAP) program that regulates wetlands and wetland activities apart from those covered by individual §404 permits. Physical alterations to waters of the state that require either an ARAP or a §401 water quality certification include: dredging, excavation, channel widening, or straightening; bank sloping; stabilization; channel relocation; water diversions or withdrawals; dams, weirs, dykes, levees or other similar structures; flooding, excavating, draining and/or filling a wetland; road and utility crossings; and structural fill.
§401 certification program
Tennessee uses §401 certification to protect wetlands by approving, conditioning, or denying federal §404 permits. In 2000, rules for implementation of the state’s §401 certification and the ARAP programs were formally adopted. The rules specifically define wetlands as a category of waters of the state and establish a “no net loss of water resource value” standard for permitting. Section 401 certification is required for any §404 permit approved by the Corps. However, if the Corps issues a Nationwide Permit (NWP) for a project, or doesn’t have jurisdiction over the impacted wetland, then the applicant must obtain a state ARAP permit. TDEC issues approximately 400 to 500 wetland permits per year, split about equally between ARAPs and §401 certification. These qualitative factors are described in TDEC’s Aquatic Resource Alteration Rules in relation to assessing water resource values and in the Tennessee Antidegradation Standard.
TDEC’s wetland assessment methodology is still evolving. The division is incorporating Tennessee’s antidegredation rules and tier evaluations into the permit assessment process. TDEC reviews all applications to assess the proposed impacts and determine if a tier assessment must be conducted. The antidegradation guidelines, which apply to all waters of the state, are more stringent for impacts to Tier 2 and 3 wetlands than those for Tier 1 wetlands. A field review is conducted for projects impacting all three tiers of wetlands; these are coordinated with TWRA, the Corps, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and occasionally the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The department also has an EPA grant to develop a new assessment methodology for permitting purposes. TWRA reviews public notices for §401 certification and ARAP permits to ensure that the proposed impacts and mitigation comply with the Basic Minimum Compensatory Mitigation Requirements developed by TDEC, TWRA, EPA, Corps, and FWS. TWRA also ensures that permits follow the mitigation ratios laid out in the TDEC mitigation rules.
Around 5:30 pm, the call came in from the TDEC field officer. I explained the situation and reviewed the article, and then emailed the entire article to the office so she could read it in its entirety. While on the call, she looked up Laurel Run Park in the TDEC database and found a 2009 permit issued for work on the east side of the Park, it was to help with water removal during flooding. It didn’t include any alteration to the documented wetlands. She also stated that they had not applied for any new permits for the wetland fill project that was mentioned in the article. Before we ended the call, I let the officer know that I would be visiting the Park the next morning to investigate and photograph the possible dredging of part of the protected wetlands.
Friday morning, I arrived at Laurel Run Park around 9am and found that someone had replaced the tile for the road that crossed the wetland and they had, in fact, started to dredge the west end of the wetland. I photographed the work that had been done, made a few notes, and decided that I had enough to make a report to the field officer. But before I could leave, the field officer pulled onto the road where I was parked. It was a great meeting, I was able to review the TDEC data and maps showing exactly where the documented wetlands are located, and we were able to confirm that the dredging was exactly where we suspected, right down the middle of the protected wetlands, on the west side of the property. At that moment, she confirmed that there were violations and that she was going to talk with the Park manager. I took a few more photos and made my way back to my office in Johnson City.
Late Friday evening, I received a followup email from the field officer detailing her meeting with the Park officials and how the violation would be handled. She explained that the individual who had dredged the wetland and replaced the tile now understands that no one can place any fill material in the protected wetlands and how he would be restoring the wetlands with the material that had been removed while dredging.
I’m very happy to announce that currently, all is well and the Laurel Run Park wetlands are safe. We will be monitoring the situation by continued visits and also checking with TDEC to make certain that no new permits have been applied for. I am certain that this is not the end of the threat and at some point the county will apply for the ARAP permits. At that point we will do whatever it takes to insure that any permits to fill the wetlands be denied. So stay tuned!
On March 19, 2011, I traveled to Charlottesville, Virginia were Charles Maynard, the essayist for The Blue Ridge – Ancient and Majestic, was awarded the prestigious Phillip D. Reed Memorial Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern Environment . It was an honor to be a part of this ceremony and to support Charles in this wondrous event for him and our book. Take a moment and read about the Reed Environmental Writers Award and watch the video that I produced of his presentation. Also, I would like to thank the Southern Environmental Law Center for all that they do to ensure the protection of the region that Charles and I both call “home”.
Information from the Southern Environmental Law Center:
In the long, proud tradition of southern literature, writers have often drawn on the region’s unique natural heritage for inspiration and insight – from the haunting cypress swamps of Georgia, to the tall mountains of western North Carolina, to the rolling fields of the Virginia piedmont. As the South grows and changes, southern writers are increasingly exploring the relationship between nature and man. SELC’s Reed Writing Award honors these story tellers who capture in words our landscapes and traditions in transition.
In the Book category, Charles W. Maynard won for The Blue Ridge Ancient and Majestic: A Celebration of the World’s Oldest Mountains, published by Mountain Trail Press. An ordained United Methodist minister, native Tennessean, storyteller, outdoorsman and activist, Maynard chronicles the life of the Blue Ridge Mountains, from geologic time up to present-day culture, literature and music with a knowing and loving touch.
About the Reed Award
SELC’s annual Reed Writing Award has two categories: Book, for non-fiction books (not self-published), and Journalism, for newspaper, magazine and online articles. Entries must be at least 3,000 words, published in the previous calendar year, and pertain to the environment in at least one of the six states in SELC’s region (Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia). Prizes of $1,000 are awarded to the winner in each category. Our panel of judges include some of the top environmental writers, journalists and activists of our time, including Lee Smith, Bill McKibben, Nikki Giovanni, Janisse Ray, Jim Detjen and Don Webster.
Mission of the Award
SELC created the Phillip D. Reed Memorial Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern Environment in 1994. Its purpose is to enhance public awareness of the value, and the vulnerability, of the South’s natural heritage. The award serves to recognize and encourage writers who most effectively tell the stories about the South’s environment. The award is named for SELC founding trustee Phil Reed, a talented attorney and committed environmental advocate who deeply believed in the power of writing to change hearts and minds.
It’s been a few years since one of my photographs have been printed on the pages of WNC Magazine. For the first two years of their existence, as a new magazine release, my photographs were a regular fixture. Then the economy took a dive and the funding to pay for beautiful images from working photographers dried up. I still have the email sent to me explaining the reduction in funding and the elimination of the “Vistas” series. It was just another hit on a long list of photo budgets for working photographers trying to pay the bills and feed the family. Later that year I received an email that requested an image but they could only offer a credit due to the, still in effect, photo budget freeze. And as I always do, I refuse to allow the use of my images without proper payment. Credits just do not pay the bills and I’ve yet to find a bank that would accept those photo credits.
I commend the good people at WNC Magazine for deciding that it is important to offer payment to working photographers for the use of their images, it shows that they truly care about those full-time photographers that strive to offer beautiful photographs. I’m so glad and encouraged to be working with WNC Magazine again. So, for all that are subscribers and for those in the region that buy off the shelf, check out the July 2011 issue, you’ll see my ”Roan Highlands” photograph on the cover. Here’s a quick shot of my issue that I received in the mail today.
At high elevations pure stands of American beech trees are know as beech gaps. Beech bark disease, a complex made up of the beech scale insect cryptococcus fagisuga and a closely associated fungus Nectria coccinea var. faginata poses a serious threat to this community. Most all of the beech gap communities in and around the Great Smokies have succumbed to the beech bark disease or a combination of the disease, pests and pollution. This trend is being felt throughout the southern Appalachians, with the possible extinction of this forest community in the next few years. The beech gap community is assigned a Global Conservation Status Rank of G1. A G1 ranking translates to – Critically Imperiled—At very high risk of extinction due to extreme rarity (often 5 or fewer populations), very steep declines, or other factors.
During my Roan Highlands workshop this past weekend I found that one of my favorite locations to spend time studying and photographing in is sick, very sick. It looks to be a really tragic end to another huge beech gap. I’ve thought that this location was OK in terms of health with good leaf coverage and little tree kill. This year is drastically different. It looks like 70% to 80% of the beech trees have not leafed out and this is not good. It all happened in one years time. Not sure until the botanists get in to the location and study the trees. The way I see it is this, the trees will not survive if they do not leaf out and this was not a gradual die-off. It is real sad to see one of the largest beech gaps remaining in the southern Appalachians succumb to the disease. Over the next couple of years we will see this forest community make a dramatic shift and those beautiful flowing grasses will eventually die off as well. This was a very sad day for me and for those that have felt the same connection to such a unique ecosystem. I’ll be posting more images from this location over the coming months. My intent is to personally document, in stills and in motion, its transition, and to bring botanists, biologists, photographers and other scientists to this location as well. Maybe, just maybe, there is a slim chance that there could be a recovery but the cards are stacked against this notion.
At least I did have the chance to spend the past few years working and bringing friends and colleagues into this wondrous location. And I can say for certain, every person that witnessed this community first-hand came home with a strong connection with this unique and beautiful place.
Canon EOS 5DmkII w/ TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II
Changes, changes and more changes, my photo life story for 2011. One of these changes is the addition of video capture to my photography business. The ability to record HD videos using my Canon EOS 5D mark II is incredible. In this post, I will discuss the equipment I’ve added for video and time-lapse work in the field.
First and what I feel is the most important to successful video production is good clean audio. Recording audio is a major problem that is not up to standards in terms of capturing video with all HDSLR’s. After much research I decided to purchase the Zoom H4n four channel recorder to record the audio. It has onboard X/Y stereo condenser mics that include variable recording patterns at either 90° or 120°. The H4n also features built-in combination XLR/Phone connectors with phantom voltage source capability. These connections allow me to add a professional shotgun mic for recording localized audio and also a wireless lav for direct voice recording for interviews. Some videographers use the H4n audio files and discard the in-camera audio. I use a technique that allows me to utilize the H4n line out to feed its premixed audio directly into the 5D mark II where it can be used to supplement the H4n audio files uploaded from the compact SDHC card into Premier for mixing in Soundbooth or as premixed audio directly with the video. We’ll take a more in-depth look at audio recording for video in a later post because there are some specifics about how to set up the connection between the H4n and the camera.
To aid in viewing and also fine and follow focusing (there’s no auto focusing on HDSLR video cameras) using the cameras LCD screen I chose to go with the Hoodman Cinema Kit Pro. There are a few other great options like the Zacuto Z-Finder Pro and the LCDVF Viewfinder. The Cinema Kit Pro includes the HoodLoupe 3.0, HoodMAG 3.0, and the HoodCrane. This allows for the HoodLoupe 3.0 to be mounted to the camera which creates a third point of contact for steadier hand holding and also gives you magnification of the full LCD screen. Another nice feature is the ability to flip the HoodLoupe up and rotate out of the way if needed. When shooting video a LCD viewfinder or a small video monitor is a must. I hope to add DP6 from Small HD in the very near future.
I am certain that everyone has noticed the unique and powerful moving/sliding video clips and time-lapse videos on the web. Well, I did too and I had to find out how videographers were achieving this in the field without a monstrous dolly or crane. It didn’t take much web searching to find the solution but choosing the unit was a daunting process. I decided on the GlideTrack Dollie-slider. This unit is one of the best on the market when cost is a major issue. It is a manual control system with no motors or cranks, so it takes some practice to get smooth sliding movements. I will post a few clips later showing the GlideTrack in action.
For smooth panning and tilting movements when recording I use the new Manfrotto 501HDV Pro fluid head, ballheads will not allow for fluid movements. The 501HDV Pro is a true fluid head and not one of those “fluid-like” cheaper heads. True fluid resisted movements are essential when panning and tilting during filmmaking. There are better performing video heads on the market but the 501HDV Pro is the perfect “fluid” head when cost and performance is weighted equally.
Another very important decision when I made the transition to video was which tripod to use. Instead of purchasing a dedicated video tripod, most are very heavy and somewhat cumbersome for field work, I chose to use my Feisol Tournament CT-3342 with leveling base. The leveling base is a must for leveling the video head. Video heads only allow for pan and tilt movements with no option for side to side adjustments. Using a leveling base lets me make angle adjustments quickly without the need to fumble around with the tripod legs. The CT-3342 is on the edge in terms of sturdiness for the total weight of a HDSLR video rig. I will be adding a sturdier Feisol tripod soon.
There are other additions to my video equipment list but are mostly necessities like patch cords, cables, quality headphones, mounting clips, windscreens for mics, high-capacity CF cards, etc. If you are just getting into video and/or have specific questions about my equipment please feel free to ask by adding a comment I will respond promptly. If you are an experienced videographer and have information that you’d like to offer please feel free to add that as well. I’m always open to learning!
The equipment that I’ve discussed here is my current setup for shooting video in the wild and with every new venture comes new ideas, new information learned and new pieces of equipment and software to be added. I will post videos and more articles as things progress. I will also be adding instructional videos showcasing my still photography and video in the field very soon so please check back often. Thanks so much for visiting and until next time, goodbye and Happy New Year!
Humm, catchy little slogan but what does it really mean? As we go about our daily lives, even for those of us that spend a good part of it trekking about in the wilds, we forget about those little creatures, plants, and trees that are just as common as that dandelion that grows in our lawns. We are in awe of those scarce and hard to find species but the “ordinary” are often overlooked. This is where Meet Your Neighbours shines!
Meet Your Neighbours celebrates the common species, determined and highlighted by the location of the MYN photographer. All of these common species are vital to people and our everyday lives. For some people, these common species are the first and often the only contact with wild nature they may have. That being said, these ordinary species are most often overlooked and undervalued.
Meet Your Neighbours is a global-scale photographic project. The concept is to encourage people of all ages to engage and appreciate the common species and natural environments within their own communities. Through stunning imagery and a very unique presentation, the viewer will gain a new understanding of just how special their own ordinary “backyard” species are and be encouraged to take the necessary steps to ensure their continued survival. The goal of all MYN photographers is to nurture a compassion for even the most humble members of the natural world. Meet Your Neighbours is a proactive conservation effort aiming to remind the public that, with care and consideration, today’s common species won’t become the rarities of tomorrow.
Meet Your Neighbours dignifies these common species by giving them “celebrity” treatment. Each subject is shot in the wild against a pure white background and back-lit to highlight its translucent qualities. The result of the field-studio approach is an exceptionally detailed, stunningly gorgeous series of portraits of common species like never seen them before! The images show maximum detailitself often a source of fascination. Because all images are created on-location, the need to harvest plants or transfer animals out of their natural environments is effectively eliminated.
The Campaign will use the images in a variety of ways to support the Meet Your Neighbours project. These include: next generation e-Books with streaming video and sound, a children’s book series with enhanced digital companion guides, a high quality coffee table style book and an amazing “onwhite” image catalog from partnering photographers from around the globe. Photos from the project will also be displayed in several traditional and non-traditional exhibits, including projected showings in public areas.
As a Meet Your Neighbours photographer, I will be working together with my sponsors to help educate my community, through a positive environmental education and awareness program, as to the importance of our common “backyard” species, and why it is so important to rewild our “human neighbors”, young and old.
I invite you to follow along and witness the beauty of the “ordinary” though the progression of my MYN portraits. I will soon have an online gallery displaying my collection of species so please stay tuned!
For more information about Meet Your Neighbours visit their website at www.meetyourneighbours.org
The dedicated web site for our new book project “Blue Ridge – Ancient and Majestic” is now online! Stop by for the latest events and info about this exciting new book project www.blueridgeancientandmajestic.com
We are also excited to tell you that we’ve chosen AISO.net as our web hosting company. AISO.net is a 100% solar powered data center, they are totally offline! Over the next few months we will be moving all of our web sites to AISO.net. We will continue migrate our business needs to like-minded and truly “green” companies in the future.
The program will be in Room 219 in the Toy F. Reed Employee Center (Building 310) in Kingsport at 7:00 PM. No charge for ERC pass holders. Guest’s tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for students.
This workshop started off with a loud BANG (or series of goose calls)! Richard, me, our participants, and about 200,000 snow geese, it was a truly humbling experience.
Here’s a few still images from the scouting days before the workshop. I’ll make another post with images taken during the workshop in a few days. Also, stop by http://www.mountaintrailphoto.com and see other images taken by me and co-instructor Richard Bernabe.
Richard and I will be offering this workshop again next year, so stay tuned! We will be posting the dates very soon!
I have a new lens review on the TS-E 24mm f3.5L II at http://mountaintrailphoto.com/article_canon%2024%20TSE%20lens_review.htm Check it out!
The Roan Massif, which includes the longest continuous stretch of high-mountain grassy balds in the Southern Appalachians, sits along the borders of East Tennessee and Western North Carolina. Also Roan Massif contains in one of the most dense stands of coniferous forests in the southern Appalachians, and most notably, the world’s largest natural rhododendron garden. The combination of geology, topography and climate results in one of the most diverse displays of plant and animal species in the entire Southern Appalachian range. The Roan Massif is home to a host of threatened and endangered plants like the beautiful Gray’s lily, Roan Mountain bluet and spreading avens. Many other rare species, from the pygmy salamander, spruce-fir moss spider, and the northern saw-whet owl, add to its natural abundance. The Roan Massif is globally-rare, critically imperiled plant communities with a global rank of G1, the rarest ranking available.
Over the past 100+ years the forests have been encroaching on the open grassy balds. Threatening to erase these wonderful sky islands from their very existence. Botanists like Jamey Donaldson, Project Coordinator and research botanist, believe that the decline of the balds is due to changes in soil and climate and the loss of large herbivores, all of these factors make them more welcoming to the woody plant incursions such as the main target, the Canada blackberry. Estimates suggest that more than 75% of Roan’s Grassy Balds have disappeared in less than 100 years with most of the loss occurring in the last 50 years.
The Baa-tany Goat Project uses Angora goats as a surrogate for the absent herbivores and also offers the scientific study of the program. This experimental program is operating under a special use permit and volunteer agreement with the USDA Forest Service. Goats were chosen because they prefer to eat woody plants rather than the grasses. The goats are restoring a natural process that has been absent on the balds for decades.
Angoras are a fiber goat (source of mohair) rather than a meat or dairy goat. More than half of the goats were donated by a northern Virginia woman who preferred giving her friends a retirement plan rather than sending them to market and ultimately being slaughter. Todd Eastin, a partner in this project, donated the remaining goats. All the goats that went up on the balds are guaranteed a retirement plan and will be taken care of for the rest of their lives.
The success of this programs relies on good research and the funding to sustain the welfare of the main subjects, the Angoras. Oh, and we don’t want to forget the wonderful caretakers and security guards of the goats, brothers Ian and Baxter, the resident Great Pyrenees. Please feel free to visit the Angoras, Ian and Baxter, Todd and Jamey. Also, please visit www.friendsofroanmtn.org and adopt one or even more of the Angoras. Even though the program has sponsors and received grants it is not enough to ensure that the program will continue. The Baa-tany Goat Program needs your help so please visit the Friends of Roan website, download and fill out the adoption form, write a check and send it in. Lets insure the continuation of this great program to restore and maintain the wonderful Roan balds for generations to come.
Yes, I’m working day and night to wrap up my book project by the second week of August. A more than 6-year project is finally coming to an end, well for the making of the book that is. After it becomes ink on paper then comes the many hours, days, weeks and months of promotion. It will be nice to have the ability and the time to write and post to my blog more often. I’ve certainly not had the time to post for the past few months. Also, for those that may have not visited my new PhotoShelter site, stop by for a look. There are still many more images to upload and a few customizations to go but it is pretty well laid out like I want it. No crazy flash, just a simple and eligant design with the ability to sell prints and stock (high resolution download from site) directly from the site. Thanks for stopping by and I will have a new post with images from my latest trip this past weekend very soon!
Well, I’ve done it again. I’ve been so busy that I have not posted to the blog in weeks. I do apologize and I can only promise that it will get better. My Blue Ridge book project is coming down to the wire and I’m just doing all I can to fill in those areas that I’m missing but feel that they need to be represented. Please bear with me, I have about six weeks before the shooting is finished and the design phase really gets cooking. Anyway, I have a little time tonight and I thought that I would post some of my new images taken over the past few weeks. These are from my trip to Whiteoak Canyon in the Shenandoah National Park.
Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit! Feel free to comment and enjoy the photographs.
Hey everyone! I’ve just finished updating my website with new workshop listings as well as private one-on-one, and small group instruction. I’ve also included information on book/calendar publishing instruction and consulting services. Most of all, the site has been redesigned and I’m working with a PhotoShelter stock site. Customers now have the ability to download high-resolution files straight from the site with no waiting. Stop by for a look! www.jerrygreerphotography.com
Well, it has been a while since I’ve posted to my blog and please accept my apologies for my negligence. It has been a very busy few months with all of the new books and calendars that we are releasing at Mountain Trail Press. Also, having a 13-month old little girl takes a lot of my free time. So, with this post I thought that I would post a few of my favorite winter images that I’ve taken over these cold months. Let me know what you like or dislike about the images. Thanks in advance for your responses.
This photograph was taken in the Cherokee National Forest during one our best snowstorms of the season. I wish that we could’ve had a few more inches and a few extra days to shoot it. This next image is the same area, I’m enamored with the winter beech leaves!
How about another!
You’re not going to believe this! TVA has done it (COAL SLUDGE RELEASE) for the third time in a month! What the HELL is their problem!!
This is a release sent to me by my friend Chris Joyell of Wild South:
By: Ron Clayton
By: Pam Sohn
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OCOEE, Tenn. — A deliberate TVA sludge release last weekend on the Ocoee River killed fish and aquatic life in the once-dead but now-recuperating Ocoee River, prompting a state investigation that on Friday brought a citation and new cleanup order against the already embattled Tennessee Valley Authority.
Now state and Cherokee National Forest officials are awaiting lab results from sludge samples, fearing that the mud, piled for decades behind the dam that separated the Ocoee from copper mining residue, may contain toxins such as PCBs and heavy metals.
“It didn’t look like normal releases,” said Jim Herrig, a U.S. Forest Service biologist, adding that officials hope to get results on the samples next week.
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation spokeswoman Tisha Calabrese-Benton said state water regulators cited TVA with violations of the Tennessee Water Quality Control Act after bottom sediment from Ocoee Dam #3 was sluiced into the river.
The black and foul-smelling sludge “overwhelmed the river and the Olympic whitewater area of the Ocoee in some places more than three feet deep,” Ms. Calabrese-Benton said.
PDF: TDEC’s notice of volation to TVA
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The Ocoee River, devoid of life for nearly 100 years because of copper mining pollution, had begun show life again in the past five years after mining was halted and a Superfund cleanup had begun.
“We were just now documenting a very significant comeback,” Mr. Herrig said. “I’m disappointed. I’ve spoken to other biologist with TVA and they are concerned also. I think TVA will be doing some investigating of their own.”
TVA spokesmen Jim Allen and Barbara Martocci said they did not know why water was released from the bottom of Ocoee Dam #3 rather than the top, as is customary. Nor did they know how much water and sediment was released.
Ms. Martocci said TVA was drawing down the water behind the dam in preparation for repair work on the downstream Ocoee Dam #2 and in case of heavy rains. She said the move was for the safety of the crews working on Dam #2 and to give the workers time to get their equipment out if heavy rain came.
“We didn’t realize how much sediment was in it,” she said. “Some of the sediment was pulled with the water through the sluice gate.”
In the notice of violation, TDEC’s Chattanooga water pollution control manager, Richard Urban, said the state had received no permit requests or even inquiries about the “special operations” of the Ocoee series of dams and powerhouses.
“Due to the magnitude of the Ocoee, which flows to the Hiwassee and then to the Tennessee rivers, it was selected as the site for the 1996 Olympic whitewater events,” he wrote. “Thousands of people travel to the region each year to run the Ocoee rapids and swim. The river flows out of Georgia, and there it is called the Toccoa.
“Fish were killed and washed downstream or killed and buried in the mud/sludge/ooze,” he wrote. “No live fish were seen.”
Mr. Allen said TVA did not need permits for general maintenance work.
Mr. Herrig said some of the walkways were covered by the sludge, but the heavy rains Wednesday had eventually swept the material downstream. By Friday, the lower Ocoee appeared muddy, but Mr. Herrig said that was normal after so much rain.
Because of the clearing rains, he said Forest Service officials had not posted or roped off any areas of the Ocoee.
Ms. Martocci said TVA officials will determine what happened “to make sure it does not happen again, and we’ll respond accordingly to the notice (of violation).”
TDEC is giving TVA until Jan. 22 to submit a plan for restoring the river.