Sunday, December 19, 2010

Snow Surprise- by Renee Crump

A friend's daughter wrote this poem. I've been looking for some poems and I liked this one and wanted to share with you. Renee is 12-years old and attends Warren County Middle School.

Snow Surprise

It comes in flurries
And lays upon the ground
Amounts to nothing
But still causes great sound
The laughter of children
Carries for miles
And all around the world
It causes smiles
They get all bundled up
All cozy near the fire
And hope and dream
The weathermen arn't liars
As the night approaches
The silent snow falls
The smiles are to grow
When they wake to
The lovely white snow.

By Renee Crump

Merry Christmas!!!- Allen Pearson

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Christmas 2010 - I


Angels, from the realms of glory,
Wing your flight o'er all the earth.
Ye who sang creation's story,
now proclaim the Messiah's birth.

Come and Worship.
Come and Worship.
Worship Christ the newborn King.

-James Montgomery
-Henry Smart
Merry Christmas - Allen Pearson

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Continuing in Fall 2010 in Walney Nature Center


Last Sunday morning before Church, I went for a walk at Walney Nature Center. I was looking to photograph a fox that I'd been told lived in the area. I took the north look from the Visitor's Center looking for the fox. However, I never did see the fox, but saw several beautiful images of fall's gorgeous colors.

The name of this image is "Walney's Splash of Orange."


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Continuing in Fall Season

Continuing in sharing images taken during the Fall Season in Northern Virginia area, "The Red Leaves" was taken at a park in Falls Church, VA.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

2nd Annual Pottery and Photography Open House- Sat., Oct, 30, 2010



Looking for something to do next Saturday besides the usual Halloween stuff? Stop by the 2nd Annual Pottery and Photography Open House, 14712 Algretus Drive, Centreville, VA 20120, Saturday, October 30, 2010, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m..

Last year's event was a lot of fun! We got to meet people on a more personal level. We had food looked like bloody fingers (Tammy loves Halloween) and other assorted things....We laughed ...... the best part was being able to meet you and get to know you better and answer questions about pottery or photography or at least try!

Tammy create's functional pottery designed to be used everyday in the home or at the office (you always need a coffee mug!). Her work is done in colors of beige, green, and blue and is beautiful. Her talent and passion for pottery shows in her work.

Me? You will see photographs of the unique beauty of nature, framed, unframed, matted and unmatted. Also, I create "Art Note Cards" with my images and will have those as well.

Looking forward to meeting you at the Open House.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Fall in Northern Virginia

Fall. It's definately here. So. I'll enjoy the beautiful color of the season. And, maybe count the days to summer!

This is image was taken while walking through a park in Vienna, VA.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Fall's Colors


Admittedly, I always hate to see the summer end. When the last warm day is gone and fall's chilly weather is inevitable, I become a bit disappointed. Spring and summer are my seasons, especially the heat of summer. This year was no disappointment as we had record temps. most of the season.

As fall's chilly weather approaches, it does bring some beautiful colors with it. Over the next few blogs, I plan to share a few of my best images of the colors of fall. I hope you enjoy them...... let me know your favorite(s).

This image was taken in Amissville, VA in middle of nowhere.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Tree in the Shenandoah by Mike Dailey


I spent a day in the Shenandoah Valley- Graves Mountain area photographing. I came upon this tree that I thought looked interesting and beautiful with its grandeur. My friend Mike Dailey wrote about this poem after seeing the tree on Facebook. (Facebook/AllenPearsonsPhotos: Allen Pearson's Photos).

The Tree in the Shenandoah
The tree is young yet passed its prime
It’s fallen on some harder time
It set its roots in rocky soil
And rocks became this young tree’s toil
And so it is with man as well
A poor foundation soon will tell
His hold on life will soon grow dim
As he rots out from deep within
And thinking even deeper yet
Trees and man and faith are met
For as the roots support a tree
Faith for man will always be
So we must root our faith in God
Not sand, or rocky soil; but sod
And feed our roots on daily prayer
And bask within God’s love light there
So we can live a life that’s strong
In God’s backyard where we belong

Mdailey 9/18/10

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Lord, Keep Me Safe and After the Storm


A poet was inspired by an image I posted on my Facebook "Like" page and website. I like it and want to share with you.
Keep Me Safe
I saw the storm clouds gathering
I prayed – Lord, keep me safe
With all your might and majesty
Protect this lowly waif
Not just from Mother Nature
From all evil stalking me
Part the clouds of doubt and sin
So your bright light I might see
For as the Bible tells us
You’re the light and you’re the way
Guide me and protect me
Keep me safe, I pray.

Mdailey 8/26/10



After the Storm
After the storm has passed us
Red clouds dot the sky
Reflecting hell’s own fire storm
That somehow passed us by
Then all at once the clouds part
Bright rays come shining through
Reminding us that God’s still there
No matter what we do
So when your life is stormy
And red cloud’s all you see
Remember God’s still with you
And His light will set you free.
Mdailey 8/26/10


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Baby Robins 2


American Robins are my favorite bird to photograph. I like to dignity the bird has. I've watched them over the years and more so as a photographer and have had some fun and even scary experiences with them (fun- while reseeding my yard and digging up areas to sod, a Robin followed me around as if to be asking for the worms in the soil. Scary- accidently got too close to a nest while mulching- trust the bird let me know).

The exciting part of this photo shoot was getting to watch the female bird wait with the babies until the male bird came with "lunch". I didn't get a shot of them feeding as the branches were in the way.
Here are two images from the shoot.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

LOOK UP!! Cloud Portraits


LOOK UP!!!!! But, NOT at the sun.

Take a look at the clouds, the patterns or designs they make..... particularly before and after a storm or if a storm happens to be in your area, close enough to see the outer edges of the storm, you are at a good vantage points to see nature at one of it's finest moments and to see the incredible handiwork in the clouds.

When I was a child, before I had responsibilities or just got busy with stuff, I used to watch the clouds roll by. I'd look for patterns or objects that looked like something.... such as Snoopy or a frog or a tree. I've always had quite a creative imagination. But, the simplicity of those moments have added to a more whole person as an adult.

I have always loved storms. I used to live in a house where the bedroom was on the 3rd floor and faced west. The storms came in from the west which gave a lot of opportunity for storm watching! Now, I don't have that view but still have the opportunity as it still storms!

I LOOK UP!! before the storms, and if it's safe (no lightning, etc.), I'll look up during the storm, otherwise I'll wait until it ends.

The beauty of clouds are shown in these two images. The storms were just east of my house. I was heading to class when I saw the clouds- at first it looked like smoke from a fire.

Take the time, LOOK UP!!!!! but NOT at the sun. See the clouds???

Saturday, July 17, 2010

"Honorable Mention"


The hardest thing for me to do is acknowlegde achievements or awards. However, I can't let this pass without writing about it.

I entered a print of the image "Grape Hyacinth" in the Vienna Arts Society's Annual Judged Photography Show. The judge was Corey Hilz. I was surprised to learn that I received an Honorable Mention for my entry. The funny part is I didn't "try" to create this image, I was just playing with my new macro lens and my wife selected the image for entry as one she liked best.

Anyway, got Honorable Mention!


Frogs



I carry my camera with me nearly everyday even when I am going to work at my full time job. Sometimes, for example, during my lunch I will take a walk through a local park just to get away from the office and get some fresh air. The walk does me wonders.
By carrying my camera with me, sometimes I will be fortunate enough to capture something interesting like in these frog images. The beauty if the frog really shows through in these two images. Since I was concerned the frog was going to jump into the pond at any second, I decided to use the auto setting on my camera while using my 50-200mm lens. The frog didn't appear to be the least bit concerned about my photographing him. I was able to get several images of this frog (he was huge) as I walked the path by the pond.
The other side of carrying my camera everyday is the simple therapy it gives me while I am taking a break from my full time job. Many times I take the camera, go for a walk and don't see anything to photograph while other times I will see something but it may not be worth posting or using. The creative break from the office is the advantage point in this.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

"First Friday Night Leesburg" - Loudoun Arts Council


I have the opportunity to participate with Loudoun Arts Council's "First Friday Night Leesburg," July 2, 7 - 9 p.m. at 5 Loudoun St. SE, Leesburg, VA. For more info., go to Loudoun Arts.

The evening will feature my art work, "Creation Sings!!", hung in the Loudoun Arts Council's Salon, a Wine Tasting and Music. You can walk through Leesburg and visit other artists, shops and have dinner at one of the fine restuarants.

This image is one which will be part of my exhibit. I call it "After the Rain" because a bad storm passed through after I planted it and I went to see if it survived. It did so I took the picture. This image is one of the few I offer printed on canvas and wrapped around sketchers so it goes around the edge of the wood.
Hope to see you at the event!!!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

American Robin


One of my favorite birds is the American Robin. Often, the American Robin is considered to be the "Bringer of Spring". Around here, it's a common bird throughout the year. This winter though, I wondered what the Robin was doing. We had so much snow and freezing weather that I did see it much. Although other birds, particularly in storms, lined up in trees awaiting their turn at the feeders, I did see the Robin.


This year, when I did see it, it was like the "Bringer of Spring". I figured Spring wasn't too far behind or at least, the bird is back.


And, I am particularly excited about the Robin this year. After pruning back a tree last year which normally hosts Robins nests, I did not see one last year. It was sad. I was disappointed. But, the tree had to be trimmed and such is the life of a tree in the front yard of my house (backyard is a wildlife garden so I less likely to prune unless urgent).


On Friday, after having the life scared out of me, I discovered the Robins have moved back into the tree. Get to close to their nest, even accidently as I'd done, they let out a loud chirp which will scare you. I noticed the nest was built and might have some eggs. I'm happy to have the Robins back as numerous others in my backyard.


When photographing birds, be sure to read and understand the law(s) regarding birds. Some are protected and you could get in trouble for causing the bird stress or trouble. Use a zoom lens, telephoto or whatever you can to get the close-up shot without causing the bird stress. In this photo, I was extremely fortunate to have the Robin build a nest where I could see it from my front porch. So, keep your eyes open for those golden rare opportunities where the bird may "present" itself in the perfect setting to photograph it!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Downy Woodpecker


Yesterday, was an odd day weather-wise. The winds were gusting up to 50 mph for most of the day. I don't remember ever having winds like that in the spring.

Sad thing is, the old dead part of the Weeping Willow in my backyard came crashing down. Nobody was hurt nor was there any damage except the lose of the tree.

It's sad to loose the tree because my backyard is now quiet. For several weeks, woodpeckers have nibbled on the insects on this tree. Most days, I would hear the tap-tap-tap on the wood. And, then, I'd see them on the suet feeder nibbling for a bit.

This image is of a Downy Woodpecker. I believe he was born in my yard a few summers ago as I inverted got really close to him without him taking flight. As a common practice, I had my camera on me, so I slowly turned around and got this picture. It pays to carry your camera- even if it is a small point and shoot.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Spring and Fog


This morning's rain reminds me of a short walk I took the other day on my way to work. I was early, and there's a park that I like to walk through with my camera even when I have only a few minutes. It's a small park and not crowded early in the day. Later, it becomes a sports playground with fields for the local children which is great as they need a place to play. There's a dog park, too, off to the right which adds to the usefulness and fun of the park.

What's funny is when I am walking in the early mornings, I see all sorts of wildlife from birds to foxes to groundhogs to chickmunks and a gopher. I've managed to photograph some of these over the years that I have stopped at this park, but haven't gotten a really good image of wildlife yet.

Anyway, it was rainy and foggy the morning I stopped at this park. Seems the birds know before I get there that I am coming this time with my camera and hide. As I was returning to my car, I noticed the beauty of this image, the trees and fog caught my attention.

The purpose of my art is to find the beauty in nature, the unique beauty, something we miss as we go through our lives. This image is perfect. Simple, unique beauty.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Spring and Tulips


My neighbor has the most beautiful tulips in her yard each spring. After asking permission, I've spent quite a bit of time practicing my macro photography skills. This tulip was photographed in her yard.

Spring and Macro Photography

I am continuing to enjoy using my macro lens to see the close-up detail of the beauty of nature. I use a Pentax K10D camera with a Pentax D FA 100 f2.8 Macro lens to get truly up close to a subject.

This image is a clemantis. I was able to get right on top of the flower to focus in on the center of it. my center point was the middle of the flower, so the rest of the image is a bit of a blurr.

Macro lenses are harder to use than other ones so a tripod is highly recommended. Or, use a chair to sit on, or even the ground, to get the close up of a flower or other plant. If sitting, hold the camera with your hands and place your elbows on your knees so you can have the stability of a tripod. Don't clinch the camera or hold to tight, but brace it and begin to shoot. I usually shoot about 3-20 images at a time depending on the subject. For example, if I can return to get another shot, as in with this flower I can go back to the garden where I took it and shoot again, I'll take about 3-5 shots. But, if I am photographing a praying mantis or a bee, I'll take upwards tio 20 shots to make sure I get what I want. As with many things, practice, practice, practice.

"Art of Snow" Photography Competition

Spring is well underway! Flowers are blooming, grass in growing, trees are growing their blooms and then their green leaves and I am loving it. Thankfully, the winter, once again, went fast, Although all the snows seemed like it was an eternity. As I think I mentioned in another posting, I was certain we'd have snow on the ground until June.


Speaking of snow, my photograph of Snow at Walney won finalists at the Manassas Art Guild's "Art of Snow" photography competition. The competition ended last Saturday at the eARTh - Manassas Fine Arts Festival in Old Town Manassas. People attending the event were invited to vote for their favorite image.

I didn't win the Grand Prize, which was a photograph of a chipmunk poking it's head out of the snow as if to say "Is it Over Yet?" All the entries can be seen on the "Art of Snow" Facebook page and the finalist's can be seen at http://www.manassasartguild.com/.


The competition was a lot of fun and I am happy that Manassas Art Guild came up with the idea as it made a usually boring time of year, go by fast.

Way to go Manassas Art Guild.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Spring and Manassas Fine Arts Festival


The moment of the year I look forward to is spring's arrival. Not just the first day of spring, but when you start hearing the birds singing, like the ones outside my studio window, the flowers and other plants start blooming and trees show off their beautiful flowers. I love walking through the local parks and see the earth coming to life after the winter, especially after this past winter with a record of 73" of snow.

Spring kicks off my outdoor festival season. This year, I started with an indoor exhibit at the Vienna Arts Center, "Creation Sings!!", 115 Pleasant St. NW, Vienna, VA, 22180, Tues-Sat., 10 - 4. My outdoor festivals start tomorrow, April 17, with the eARTh - Manassas Fine Arts Festival, at the Harris Pavillion, Center St, 10 - 3 p.m. Normally, the Manassas Fine Arts Festival is held in October but this year they've combined it with an earth day festival. The day looks like fun. And, as always, Manassas Art Guild who is sponsoring part of the event is a lot of fun to participate with.

The image of the turtle was taken during a walk at lunch. Looks like he is getting an early start on his sun tan.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Creation Sings!!!


Looking for something to do this weekend? Take a journey through nature by photographs at the exhibit, "Creation Sings!!", Vienna Arts Center, 115 Pleasant St. NW, Vienna, VA 22180, just off Maple Ave, behind the Marco Polo Restaurant.

At the exhibit of "Creation Sings!!", my intent is to take you on a journey through aspects of nature where you will see waterfalls, leaves, flowers, a spider, dog, cat, National Parks and birds. I love nature and find it relaxing and maybe even therapeutic, to take a walk through the woods at various times through the year. Many times, I take a walk in the same park and the same spot because the scenery changes with the season or lighting or I just may have not noticed something before.

Although you will find photographs taken at National Parks, I primarily focus on the beauty of nature found in Northern Virginia parks and West Virginia.
The exhibit runs through May 1, 2010 at 4 p.m.. The artist reception is Saturday, March 27, 2010, 5 - 8 p.m., please stop by and say "hi." I would enjoy meeting you.
The image shown here was taken at Great Falls National Park in October 2009 on a foggy morning. I left home to photograph at Great Falls on a bright sunny morning to find a heavy fog at the park. Fog has always fascinated me so I went to the river and began photographing. This image is on display at "Creation Sings!!" printed on canvas.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Historic Winter III


WOW!! The winter season is over- went fast despite the feeling that I would never ever see the snow melt or that I would have to mow my yard around the mounds of snow. It was an incredible season. More snow than I have ever seen, 63" was the final total. It was a beautiful season. Not sure I would want to go through it again, hence I am not moving north unless the good Lord requires that of me, I will stay here in Virginia and enjoy these surprise winters. Thanks to a friend who taught me to see Winter's beauty, the season was beautiful.

Although today is the first day of spring and I plan to spend it outside enjoying what is supposed to be an unusually warm day, I want to share a few more images with you taken during our Historic Winter season. I hope you enjoy these.
This photograph was taken from an overlook on the Virginia side of the Great Falls National Park. The rock formations got my attention while the snow added a touch of winter's beauty.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Historic Winter II


The snow, although at the time seemed endless, was a beautiful experience as I mentioned yesterday. I used to not enjoy winter until my friend Jaimi showed me the beauty of winter. In many ways, Winter is a good season to photograph as you can see birds and wildlife easier as well as snow and ice.
This photograph is a purple cone flower with seeds from last season covered in snow. I used my macro lens again and was experimenting. I enjoy taking my camera and playing around with it. Sometimes I get my best images that way.


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Historic Winter


This winter has been historic. Record setting snowstorms and colder temperatures. We've had 3 major storms, at least two of them were classified as blizzards. Thankfully, during each storm God had my family and I in safe places!

I have never seen so much snow in my life. At one point, the snow was up to my knees which is about 35-40 inches. Our final snow total (at least as of the writing of this blog) is 63".

What I found interesting about the snow was it's simplistic beauty. Normally, a winter for the Northern Virginia area consists of snow and ice, which is not the prettiest combination and is a much more dangerous. The snows this winter were gorgeous... watching the snow fall and create such a beautiful white blanket was an awesome experience. And, some of the snow drifts were amazing to see. Nature did a beautiful job this winter.
The winter gave me some great opportunity to photograph snow. Over the next few wreeks, I plan to post a few of my works from the historic winter of 2010. Hope you enjoy them and, please let me know your thoughts.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

And, More Snow


This winter is turning out to be the snowiest that I can remember here in the Northern Virginia area. I've lived here for 40 years and remember some pretty awesome storms, like the one in 1996 which was about 2 feet or so and was eclipsed by the Dec. 19, 2009 storm. Today, we are having another snowstorm, the second blizzard of the season which is weird because we rarely get one, much less two. I'm hoping that the month of March doesn't bring another one.

I've been trying focus on the beauty of winter the past few seasons since my friend Jaimi pointed out some of it's unique features. I have to admit, the adventure has caused me to go from an extreme dislike of the season to enjoying it quite a bit.

I have been working with my macro lens this season during the recent snows, January 30, 2010, to be exact, trying to capture something more unique than just a landscape. This image was caught during the January 30 storm. It was still snowing as I was photographing. I call it "The Flake".

Thursday, January 21, 2010

A Tribute to My Grandmother


My grandmother passed away yesterday after a life of 85 years. After I got the news, I cried abit and then realized that I knew she is in a better place and is no longer suffering with some of the things that come with age.

As I thought about my grandmother passing, a flood of memories of all the good times came back to me. My grandmother lived a very simple life, never learned to drive, always made the simple things of life seem like the greatest things in the world (and to me, they still are)and you knew she was a Christian and that there is a God, because Grandmother not only told you but set the example.

My grandmother never gave me large amounts of money or huge presents, but she did give a lot of love and attention- something as an energetic and active young man I needed. I remember getting $5 in cards for birthday presents or sometimes when I visited, she would have it hidden somewhere. When I would spend time at her house in the summer, she would take me downtown, by bus, to take us shopping and to lunch at McDonald's. It seemed to mean alot to her to do this, it did to me then and still does today. Each summer, we went to the family reunion where I got to see people related to grandmother, she had a brother and a sister and I would get to see her other children, my aunt and uncle.

As I look back, another memory that sticks out there, but I was awfully young to remember too much detail. I remember it being fun (and apparently, I drove grandmother crazy as a young child). Since grandmother didn't drive, sometimes she would travel by train to our house or vice versa. Once I got old enough, I would get to ride the train with her. And, I was at the age where I was into everything and liked to explore. I think I drove her a little crazy with my antics on the train (as I am told by family) The train rides were so exciting and adventurous. And, for me, it was so cool to travel the train with my grandmother.

And, she always took me to church. We went to Sunday School, then to church. Grandmother loved to have her grandson in church with her. She seemed so happy to have me there.

A favorite memory are the trains that would run in front of grandmother's house, day and night. She lived across the street, a small barely two lane paved road, from a B & O railroad line. When I would visit, I would watch the trains. When I heard a horn signal, I'd run to the porch and sit in the swing to watch the train go by. Fortunately, she lived within an eye's glance of the railroad signal so we always knew when there was a green light for the train to come. So, I would listen hard for the horn and often would try not to take a nap or a bath or do anything else which might distract me from seeing the train. I'd even sneak up in the middle of the night to see the trains go by.

Yes, grandmother didn't have much in the way of the material things of this world, but it's interesting to me that my most cherished memories of her and even my life as a child were spent doing some of the simpliest things. Even now, the simpliest things mean a lot to me. Her gift of love and a Christian example are gifts I will never loose, put in a closet somewhere, or even forget. I will miss her, but she is not suffering and is with her Lord. Love you Frye-Frye.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Winter 2010


Wow! Been a while since I've written anything. Winter snuck up on me this year with a snow storm on Sat., Dec. 5 and a major snow storm on Saturday, Dec. 19. We had nearly 20" of snow at my house--- it seemed like a whole lot more especially after shoveling it. I ended up having to pay someone to finish the job. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years is always a very busy time for my wife and I as we are involved with different activities at Ox Hill Baptist Church- so the season sometimes seems a blur - a beautiful one- but a blur.

My quest to find winter's beauty and enjoy it continues this season. As I said, there's been snow this winter which has added to the beauty. I seem to be fascinated with the trees that appear to be dead because they've lost all of their leaves and with the clouds as they seem to be beautiful against the cold blue sky. Maybe I'll feature images of them in other writings.

The image with today's writing is a log from at a local park that I think is beautiful. I like the rich wood tones, then the snow on top seems to just add to it.

Have a great day.