A year ago my husband out of the blue said why don't you do that Alaska photo trip I know is on your bucket list. It can be your birthday, Christmas, Valentine's for the next so many years. Wow, I could do a phenomenal Alaska trip with wildlife including lots of bear, birds, whales, glaciers mountains, lakes.... I signed up right away. I don't think he knew how much it would cost if I were to hit all the great spots I wanted to go to. I sat down and figured it all up and I'll be 97 before I'll get to have birthday Christmas or even Valentine's. Yikes!!! LOL So why should you help me....
We are finally having a nice day (well minus the temps in the 20s and the 10 inches of snow on the ground, We have about 10 days of nasty with only a little reprieve in between the ice and snow. I am not a fan of cold weather but I do enjoy the beauty of snow and ice!
I know so many are glad to see 2020 go and are looking forward to 2021. I too am looking forward to 2021, but I have many great memories and experiences from 2020 amongst all the bad. I was able to get out a lot more with my camera and even though there was times that my business was closed, I was able to share my love of the world around us with those who couldn't get out. I felt fortunate that I could share such wonderful images of nature to help those who needed some peace and calm and beauty in their life.
I will be doing a LIVE online Waterfall Gallery Show September 10th on my Facebook Page - Koral Martin Fine Art Photography at 6pm CDT. Hear the story behind the photo and get a great price on my prints!
There are lots of Osprey nests out in the water on Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee. On this visit late July, we were out on the water and enjoying this view of the Osprey in their nest. The babies were able to fly and even do a little fishing for themselves but still were spending a lot of time in their nests letting mom and dad take care of them. They especially looked forward to dinner time....
I love to go out driving on what I call Journeys and this week I ventured down a nice country road and I found it lined with dragonflies. I had so much fun capturing these dragonflies with all sorts of backgrounds and light. I even did a quick video of my fun afternoon!
Koral enjoys photographing Reelfoot Lake in Tenessee. There are the beautiful cypress trees and all sorts of water birds and raptors. She enjoys not only shooting from the shore, but out in her kayak and even enjoys a canoe or pontoon boat trip here and there. It is a spectacular place year round.
Yes - A LIVE online Gallery Show - Live here on Facebook Monday June 1st at 6:30 pm CST. I will be sharing images from my Colors of the Canyon Utah photo tour last fall and tell the stories behind them - and yes the pieces will be for sale :) I hope this is just the first of many online shows - something fun and different. More details to come soon.
I love to take off to the local conservation area - Wildcat Glades. It has a nice loop trail around Shoal Creek. There are areas that have lots of wildflowers that I enjoy going to and as I often hear - "How do you do that?" I decided to video my morning out. Enjoy!
Journey with me at Wildcat Glades and other spectacular spots along Shoal Creek. Wildcat Glades near Joplin MO fits that bill for me. It is a location I have hiked and photographed for years, but more recently I hadn't spent as much time there as I had been doing more longer trips. During these crazy times though, I have returned to this place I love.
I am working on a way for people to see some of my artwork without coming into my studio. This will be playing in my window so cars can see when they drive by. This is just a beginning and I thought I would share..
If you are like me, I am getting emails all day long about the coronavirus. You may or may not be heavily affected at this time but even if you are not, it is oppressive and scary. If you are not feeling closed in upon, you may be soon. This newsletter is of my spring photos that speak of hope.
I thought right now we need those wonderful hymns to touch our hearts and remind us who is in control and we need the healing beauty of nature around us too. I think we all need to be sharing some beauty and love with others right now!!
My 4th day of my Journey and day one with a guide....
Day 4 started early as I was up late the night before packing my backpack and I had to be at the tour office at 6 a.m. I was pretty excited but I was also nervous about what the day would hold Coyote Gulch. Little did I know, our whole day's plan would change and bring some great views.
The Final Countdown has begun and I am beginning to feel a little more stressed about my trip. Just a little over a week away. YIKES!! I am running out of prep time. I will do one more long hike on Monday and then backing off and giving all a rest. Am I ready physically?? I have no idea LOL. I have done what I can do and it will be what it will be I guess.
I decided to do 2 training hikes at Roaring River. The first trail was the Fire Tower Trail. A 4.3 mile trail with about 400ft change in elevation. The trail started along the river and then steeply headed up to the ridge where there were nice bluffs and eventually the fire tower. The second trail was Devils Kitchen and was a 1 1/2 mile loop trail.
Devils Eye Brow and Trimble Mountain Trail is located in northern Arkansas just north of Beaver Lake. The basic trail is a 6 1/2 mile out and back trail with several optional offshoots. This trail said it had about 1500ft change in elevation but my gps showed over 1800'. This trail was continual inclines and declines. It was nice to have it mixed up and was "easier" on my legs - well a little.... It was a beautiful day and perfect weather for this very nice but challenging hike.
Join me on my Journey- what journey you ask... Why Koral's color of the canyons journey - a photo tour to Escalante, Zion, Slots Canyons and more fabulous places with intense hiking and beautiful fall color. It will memorable experience that will test me mentally, physically, and creatively. Follow me as I prepare gathering camera equipment, hiking equipment, clothing, and getting in shape for long hikes, steep climbs and rock scambling. A challenge at any age but as one getting older, a little more of a challenge.
I am continuing to get ready for my canyon tours hiking. With a 1400 foot elevation change and 10 mile hikes on this adventure, I knew I needed to find some more aggressive trails to train on. This is especially true as I need to try out my new backpack to see how that was going to work out . In talking to a friend, Doug Osborne, he said that he had hiked the hemmed-in hollow trail in Arkansas and it might fit the bill. I had read about this trail and considered hiking it in the past, but I've had so many people tell me how tough it was had never gotten around to doing it.
The journey has begun. I am hitting the gym, working out at home, and getting in some hikes. This is a sampling of what I am hoping to share over the next 6 or so weeks of my Korals Colors of the Canyon Journey. This is a 11 mile training hike on a trail called Pigeon Roost Trail in Arkansas.
I love visiting Colorado. It doesn't matter to me what season because each season has its special views. This was my 2nd year to visit the Gunnison and Crested Butted area in the summer. Last year I visited in July and there were some wildflowers. There weren't many still blooming.
This year was a whole different story. Apparently with the large amount of snow they had this prior winter, the wildflowers were much better than usual with more varieties and they were staying nice later in the season up in the higher altitudes.
So the challenge was on, where to find the best variety of these wildflowers and then to capture their beauty...
We enjoy traveling to Colorado in the Winter and often bring in the New Year there. What a great way to start the year! I didn't have a lot of time to get out with my camera but every morning I rose before the sun and headed out for a few hours. It was cold there and near single digit and a few of the mornings there was light snow falling.
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