Urban sprawl and development of farmland into subdivisions

I’m working on an assignment for a client on urban sprawl, including the development of farmland into subdivisions. I’m also looking at city infill projects and good development within the city limits. Here are a few of the images that I have so far. If you’d like to discuss these photos feel free to post. I’ll be working on this project for the next few weeks.

The light at the end of the tunnel! Whew, I’m almost finished!!!

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.

Oxeye daisy #1, Brasstown Bald, GA

Hey all! Yes, I’ve been busting my a#* again with two book projects and now they’re at the printers so I’ve got a little time to post an image or two. Back weeks ago I posted a few images of my north Georgia trip back in June and here’s another. I shot this with my little Canon Powershot G9. I really love this camera for shooting images such as these. Tack sharp and handheld!

Fawn at play, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

I took a few minutes away from book design to process a couple of photos from my recent trip to the Shenandoah NP. What a wonderful couple of days photographing the fawns and deer at play. I’ll post more after I get through this upcoming deadline.

Canon EOS 5D, Sigma 80-400 EX OS @ 400mm, no filters, RAW file processed with Capture One 4.1

Turkey beard and meadow, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Well, I went to photograph the fawns but I couldn’t resist the temptations to shoot a few landscapes! This was a beautiful scene with the prolific bloom of turkey beard accented by ferns and mountain grasses.

Canon EOS 5D, TS-E 24mm, f/18 @ 1/60 sec, ISO 320 (due to wind!)

Fawns, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

I’ve just returned from a quick trip to Shenandoah National Park to photograph the fawns. I’ll post more tomorrow when I get the images processed. Here’s one of my favorites!

Canon EOS 5D, Sigma 80-400 EX OS lens at 400mm (this is the first time that I’ve really shot my 80-400 since getting it back from Sigma. There was a problem with the focus and it’s now fixed! Very Sharp!!!)

Photography, politics, blogs…oh my!

As I posted earlier, I apologize for the political posts as of late. With the past week of posts I feel that I must explain myself. We nature photographers generally have a specialty, whether it be landscape, macro, wildlife or, like my specialty, environmental conservation, and the list goes on. Often, we nature photographers, are nature photographers just to be nature photographers. This is generally the way it starts out but in time one will find a niche or a passion for a specific focus encompassing ones work. Working alongside conservation land trusts, and environmental groups like Wild South, Southern Environmental Law Center, Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, The Conservation Fund and many more, has channeled my desire to use my photography to help protect our wild places. Rocky Fork, a 10,000 acre undeveloped land tract here in East Tennessee, has intensified my focus even more toward the environment and with environmental conservation comes politics! There’s no way around it and I can’t deny that I’m very passionate about the work I do, be it photography, my conservation efforts and politics. For my field of photography I can’t see any way around political objectives being injected into the discussion. Conservation is very political and it has been since President Theodore Roosevelt helped make it that way. As for this blog, it belongs to me and reflects my work as a photographer. It’s about my existence as a conservation and environmental photographer. There will be lots of photography and there will be some politics as I feel the need to express myself. Our new site, www.mountaintrailphoto.com, is all about photography! You WILL NOT see any politics there, you’ll only see articles about photography for photographers! For those that feel passionate about nature photography for nature as well as photography, and feel as I do, that conservation and environmental issues need us in the fight to save our wild places, then I hope this is the place you visit. I welcome all to stop by and I hope that I can make a difference in guiding you in your quest to help protect our wild places!

 

 

Canon EOS 5D, TS-E 24mm, polarizer, ND grad, f/16 @ 1/16 sec

Without the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, a wonderful local land trust, and the efforts of environmentalists, photographers, politicians, and ordinary people that have a love for wild places, this area would now be closed to the public and million dollar homesites, ski runs, restaurants and lodges would grace this beautiful location.

“Compromise, Hell!” Wendell Berry

“Can we actually suppose that we are wasting, polluting, and making ugly this beautiful land for the sake of patriotism and the love of God? Perhaps some of us would like to think so, but in fact this destruction is taking place because we have allowed ourselves to believe, and to live, a mated pair of economic lies: that nothing has a value that is not assigned to it by the market; and that the economic life of our communities can safely be handed over to the great corporations.”


“Compromise, Hell!” Orion magazine , November/December 2004 – Wendell Berry

 

The more that I listen and read about the politicians and their move to drill in every little corner of the United States I get sick to my stomach. I truly can’t believe that the American people really understand the magnitude of the decision to open up federally protected natural areas to corporations for natural resource extraction at the expense of an addiction to oil. It will take years to get the first barrel of oil out of the ground or ocean. Do the American people believe that if congress votes yes, on drilling, the price will immediately go down? Even with the added supply, if the US Dollar remains weak the price WILL remain high. We now know that the weak US Dollar along mated with aggressive investor speculation is the real driving force to the huge price increase in oil. I only hope that the American people will heed the words of a past President.

“The object of government is the welfare of the people.” “Conservation means development as much as it does protection. I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the natural resources of our land; but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us.”
Theodore Roosevelt -“
The New Nationalism” speech, Osawatomie, Kansas, August 31, 1910

We are the most wasteful Nation in the world! We should be embarrassed that we, the richest and most powerful nation in the world, would be so ignorant to this manufactured situation that we would sign our wildlands over to the profiteers of “Big Oil”. While we struggle to overcome this energy situation the CEO’s sit back and count their Billions in profits. I can still remember the interview on the Today Show where the CEO of ExxonMobile answered a question as to why they will not give up the big profits to help the US economy and citizens. The CEO stated that they were not in business to help out American citizens, they’re job is to make as much money for their share-holders as possible. Now, why in the world would we be giving “Big Oil” tax breaks and a free ride to our natural areas when they care nothing about us, the US citizens. Think about it, we are paying huge prices for oil, then we are, on the back end, giving them our hard-earned dollars through huge tax-breaks and they do not care one bit! WAKE UP AMERICA!