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Fall on the Gulf Coast
October 19, 2009, 10:26 am
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Fall comes and goes pretty quickly around here so it’s best to take full advantage of it while you can.  This past weekend, temperatures only reached the low 60s during the day and the sky was the most perfect, clear, crisp blue.  It was the perfect opportunity to experience fall on the Gulf Coast.  We packed the weekend full of apple cider, beef stew, pumpkin patch, corn maze, walk in the woods, football, and jack-o-lanterns. 

Me...lost in the corn

Me...lost in the corn

Practicing my roping skills

Practicing my roping skills

The pumpkin patch at St. Luke United Methodist.

The pumpkin patch at St. Luke United Methodist.

The Owl and the Cat

The Owl and the Cat

I hope that we get at least one more fall weekend this year.  Please pass on any suggestions for great fall photo opportunities!

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These are a few of my favorite…
October 15, 2009, 4:42 pm
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…places!  I recently pulled together a collection of my favorite location photos for a project.  Luckily, most of my favorite place pictures were taken right here in Pensacola.  Thank heavens I like my adopted hometown so much. 

Pensacola Beach Pier at night

Pensacola Beach Pier at night

I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to some great places – usually with the intention of taking tons of sightseeing pictures.  But my favorite shots are always the details and the people that make a location unique.  For instance, this woman I met in a village in Macedonia.  She was just baking bread in a traditional outdoor oven.  Nothing unusual for her, but not something you’d come across in Florida.  So it became my ideal Macedonia photo (and one of my all-time favorites).

Baking bread

Baking bread

And sometimes, my favorite shots of a trip are a little more grandiose than an old woman baking bread.  This one, from a trip to Russia a few years ago, slipped by unnoticed in my Lightroom gallery until recently.  I don’t know why I never picked it as a favorite on prior glances, but it’s grown on me.

Ceiling in the Church of the Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia

Ceiling in the Church of the Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia

I’m always searching for new “favorite places” so if you’ve got suggestions, post them to me…especially if they’re in driving distance of Pensacola!  See more Favorite Places at www.mlchapman.com/places/gallery.html.