Smith Mountain Lake Mystery Writer

Contemplations from a quiet cove on Smith Mountain Lake.

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I'm a Southern gal who loves life, my husband and our family (which, to date, includes 13 grandchildren). I enjoy being with friends and family. But I also like being alone and thinking up plots for future books. I've published two novels, both mysteries, and I'm working on my third. For more about my books, visit me at If you ever hear me say, "I'm bored," please get me to the ER immediately! Paddling my kayak and snapping pictures of the critters I see relaxes me. Beach music has the opposite effect--when I hear those old "doo-wops" I want to dance.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Nature Photography

I like the  photo below, an early-morning shot snapped from my deck on November 5th.

The last of my petunias on a fog-shrouded morning. 
Trust me; there really is a lake--mountains, too--in
the picture.

Yep, I thought my picture was really great. And then I looked again at photos nature photographer Fred First had sent me. I sighed. My photos are okay. Fred's are exquisite. You've heard of folks gasping at something so gorgeous it takes their breath away? Well, that's exactly what happened to me when I uploaded his pictures. Be sure to click on his photos below to enlarge.

Photo by Fred First.

 Another photo by Fred First.
Another Fred First photo.

These three pictures by Fred are only a few of the many incredible photos he will be showing during his presentation at the Moneta/Smith Mountain Lake Library on Thursday morning, November 10th at 10:00.

The presentation is a multimedia celebration of the natural history and rural landscapes of the southern Appalachians. Fred will be discussing basic elements of photo composition, offer original vs. post-processed shots for comparison of photo-editing impacts, and describe the synthesis of his writing with digital photography and the photo-essay format.

The event is free and open to the public. Y'all really should come.

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