Hey everyone! I know that it’s been a long time but that’s about to change and this blog is coming back to life! This will be more than just an ordinary photography blog. It will be about my trips, equipment (bikes and photography), and also projects that I am working on. Those of you that personally know me have witnessed first hand, I’ve gone back to my roots. Back in the mid 90’s I was mountain bike racing as well as working as a team director for Team Schwinn/Grand West Outfitters and while doing that I started documenting those races on film. I cut my teeth in the photography business taking photographs of mountain bike racing throughout Colorado. After a move back to the southeast a few years later, I drifted away from the bike and directly into nature and landscape photography and that’s what I’ve been doing for the last 17 years. After that lengthy absence from mountain biking I have jumped back in with both feet and having a blast! My next project will be a return to my roots and I look forward to bringing you along with me. Please follow along, spring is now here…renewal is in the air!
Jerry D Greer
Stop by for a look! www.jerrygreerphotography.com
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.
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!
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!
Sorry to post some bad news on Christmas but this is devistating! Environmental Spill Disaster Devastates Tennessee!
Not sure why I haven’t received this info sooner but I just received it by email. I hope to have so photos of this soon, I’m going to make a trip to the disaster this week!
Environmental Spill Disaster Devastates Tennessee; 48 Times the Size of Exxon Valdez
An environmental disaster of epic proportions has occurred in Tennessee. Monday night, 2.6 million cubic yards (the equivalent of 525.2 million gallons, 48 times more than the Exxon Valdez spill by volume) of coal ash sludge broke through a dike of a 40-acre holding pond at TVA’s Kingston coal-fired power plant covering 400 acres up to six feet deep, damaging 12 homes and wrecking a train.
According to the EPA the cleanup will take at least several weeks, but could take years. Officials also said that the magnitude of this spill is such that the entire area could be declared a federal superfund site.
Toxic Sludge Got Into Tributary of Chattanooga Water Supply
Apart from the immediate physical damage, the issue is what toxic substances are in that sludge: Mercury, arsenic, lead, beryllium, cadmium. Though officials said the amounts of these poisons in the sludge could not be determined on Monday, they could (at the mild end) irritate skin or trigger allergies or (longer term) cause cancer or neurological problems.
This toxic sludge got into the Emory River, a tributary of the Clinch and Tennessee Rivers: The water supply for Chattanooga, Tennessee as well as millions of people living downstream in Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky. TVA says that as yet the spill (which they are characterizing as a mudslide or landslide, but frankly it’s still toxic…) has not affected the water quality in the Emory River.
High Levels of Rain, Thaw Freeze Cycles May Have Weakened Pond Walls
On why the spill happened, the Tennessean speculated,
The area received almost 5 inches of rain this month, compared with the usual 2.8 inches. Freeze and thaw cycles may have undermined the sides of the pond. The last formal report on the condition of the 40-acre pond — an unlined, earthen structure — was issued in January and was unavailable Monday, officials said.
Greenpeace Calls for Criminal Investigation
In a press release issued yesterday, noting that spills of similar substances have resulted in felony charges, Greenpeace called for a criminal investigation into the spill:
“Every facility like this is supposed to have a spill contingency plan to prevent this kind of disaster,” said Rick Hind, Greenpeace Legislative Director. “The authorities need to get to the bottom of what went wrong and hold the responsible parties accountable.”
TVA Releases Official Statement
In an official statement, TVA president and CEO Tom Kilgore said,
Protecting the public, our employees, and the environment is TVA’s primary concern as we supply electric power for the people of Tennessee Valley region. We deeply regret that a retention wall for ash containment at our Kingston Fossil Plant failed, resulting in an ash slide and damage to nearby homes.We are grateful no injuries have been reported, and we will take all appropriate actions to assist those affected by this situation.
We appreciate the continuing efforts of local and state agencies, as well as TVA employees, to respond to this situation quickly and efficiently. Our intense effort to respond effectively will continue 24/7 for the foreseeable future with the safety of the public our top priority.
Clean Coal, Yeah Right
As many people in the blog world are noting, it’s this sort of thing that really makes the proposition of clean coal so absurd. Even if you can scrub all the CO2 out of it, you still have so many other toxic waste products associated with burning coal that have to be stored that carbon emissions are just a part of the problem. How many other holding ponds are out there waiting to burst?
Hey all, sorry I’ve been away so long, Again! I have so many projects in the works and time to post new photos and environmental news has been impossible. I’m getting my head back above water but I’m still covered up until after the first of the year. I just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Now I ‘ve got to get back to helping my little girl, Serén, open the rest of her presents!
Wow! What a two-month circus I’ve had! I’ve hardly had time to post anything, anywhere. I did have a chance to modify my website, www.jerrygreerphotography.com, due to requests from two of my big environmental stock clients. Stop by for a visit if you get a chance and let me know what you think. Other than that, I’ve consulted on a beautiful Oklahoma book and served as a print broker for it. Also, I designed, performed all the prepress work and I am the print broker on a book project for a great photographer and good friend, Thomas Blagden. I hope to be working with Tom in the near future on more projects for my publishing company, Mountain Trail Press. We are now in the final stages of the printing process on both projects with F&G’s on the way for final approval and then waiting for the books to make their way over the “Big Pond” to my customers. The great thing is that I can now get back to the normal routine. I hope to be posting more regularly and more than just political deliberations.
Anyway, thanks for being patient with me while I’ve been away. I’ll be posting something new tomorrow.