Golden Nautilus Photography: Blog en-us All Images (C) 2009-2018 Mark A Phillips (Golden Nautilus Photography) Thu, 02 Aug 2018 00:45:00 GMT Thu, 02 Aug 2018 00:45:00 GMT Golden Nautilus Photography: Blog 120 120 Busy Times My day job has been busy...very busy.  There have been a few changes for Golden Nautilus, and more to come.  The biggest change has come with the opening of an Etsy store.  We are selling signed and dated prints on Etsy.  We plan fine art limited editions as well in 16 x 24 size.  I plan a slight revamp on this page soon.  Finally, we will open a Facebook presence as well.  With all of this, I plan more regular posts with photos and blog entries.

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Virginia Surfer
(c) Mark Phillips

Another surfer at Virginia Beach. 

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Surfin' Surfin'

While visiting Virginia Beach, VA I found a couple dozen surfers catching the waves.  I had never tried my hand at shooting any sporting events, but decided to catch the action.  It was fun to watch, and made the trip to the beach more enjoyable.

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Mark & Brenda


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Marabou Stork

Sometimes you see something that is interesting, ugly, and yet strangely beautiful.  That is the stork.  This powerful bird has few equals in that ugly beauty. 

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Queens Ice Queens Ice

Easter weekend, 2015, we explored Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  As we went toward Clingman's Dome, the weather changed from cool and wet to cold and icy.  The trees and foliage were coated with ice and snow.  As I walked up the trail to the dome, I spotted what appeared to be Queen Anne's Lace covered in ice.  The sight was an icy beauty.  I was only prepared for cool weather, however, and had to turn back.  One day I want to go back with heavy cover, and the road to the dome open.  I can't wait to explore the icy reaches of the Smokies.

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From Point Park in Chattanooga, cannons overlook the city.  The battle that occurred was called The Battle Above The Clouds.  Soldiers scaled the cliffs using ladders facing fierce fire from above.  The Union ultimately captured Lookout Mountain above Chattanooga.

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Gulf Milky Way

Spending time along the Gulf coast near Pensacola (by the national seashore) allows the night sky to sparkle unlike anything inland where the light pollution hides the beautiful night sky.  At times I have caught something streaking across the low sky.  The only sound is the crashing waves and very few people have been in the area (although I did find a couple out night fishing once when I processed the shots).  Considered going out to a deserted beach sometime and wait for the light to recede.  The night sky is truly amazing and awesome when you take the time to simply meditate in such beauty.

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Elk Hind - BrendaK

This is my beautiful elk hind.  She is found in the Rocky Mountain National Park, outside Estes, Colorado.  I think she is so beautiful proudly standing in her natural habitat, where humans do not tread. 

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Forest Floor - BrendaK

This is a black and white version of a forest floor setting in the forests of North Carolina.  This photo exhibits the small flowers and plants that are often seen in the depths of a forest.  This rendition of this photo is my reflection on a photo I have seen in a compilation of Ansel Adams' work.

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Cabin Seclusion - BrendaK

This cabin is an extra building close to the Mingus Mill, near Cherokee, North Carolina.  I love the feeling of privacy and secrecy that the cabin exudes surrounded by the beauty of the trees shading it.

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Southern White Rhinoceros

I am inspired to do my Zoo Safari and shoot threatened and endangered species.  I can't resist shooting all animal, even if they are not threatened.  The Southern White Rhino is one such animal.  However, as I researched the White Rhino I learned that its status, while not threatened, is considered near threatened.  The Southern White Rhino is the least threatened of all the rhinoceroses.  They are mostly threatened by habitat loss, continuous poaching in recent years and the high illegal demand for rhino horn for commercial purposes.  White rhinos will breed in captivity, and zoos cooperate to maintain genetic diversity of the captive-bred animals.

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Reflections in Glass - BrendaK

I call this photo "Reflections in Glass".  This photo was taken in a greenhouse in Asheville, North Carolina.  This grouping of container plants were placed strategically in a greenhouse so that the plants would reflect in the window glass behind them.  I love the beautiful composition.  The photo also illustrates how we reflect on the objects outside of ourselves and how those objects reflect on our soul.

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Fire Tulips - BrendaK

I call these gardens "Fire Tulips".  This is a beautiful array of warm colored tulips to brighten up your day.  The fire colors also represent the passions of the soul.  I enjoy gardening myself and filling the yard with beauty.

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Mabee Mills Mabee Mills

In the early nineteenth century, mills began to appear along Eighteenmile Creek in Royalton, New York.  Eventually, two mill ponds were constructed to drive the mills that were built in the area.  The first mill was built in 1812 by Colonel Jonathan Mabee, and his family operated that, and other mills along the creek.  In 1872, the family built a new four story gristmill to replace the original mill which they sold.  In 1880, fire gutted the stone Mabee Mills and it was abandoned.  The remains of the structure still stand, although, due to increasing decay and rock-falls, the mill is now posted. 

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Wagon Barn - BrendaK

This is my Wagon Barn.  It is located in Cade's Cove in the Smoky Mountains.  This historic setting illustrates a waiting wagon for the passerby who desires to embark on new adventures or new experiences.



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Springhouse in the Woods - BrendaK

This is my Springhouse in the Woods.  It is located in Cade's Cove in the Smoky Mountains.  This photograph illustrates an entrance into the private recesses of the soul and its integration with nature.  It provides a place of serenity and quietude along with its sense of history.  The setting reminds me of Henry David Thoreau's Walden.

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Smoky Mountains Buildings-BrendaK

This is a log cabin found in our travels through the Smoky Mountains.

This is a waterwheel of a mill in the Smoky Mountains.



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My gallery entries-BrendaK

Hi, this is Brenda!  I wanted to comment a little on the pictures in my gallery.  This is Mingus Mill outside Cherokee, NC.  I call it my "Old Mill".  I love old things and have a passion for our history.  The Mingus Mill captures a bit of that history.  It is an old grist mill that still functions.  Corn is still into cornmeal there.

Purple Passion, Quintana Roo, Mexico, 2009Purple Passion, Quintana Roo, Mexico, 2009

Hi, this is Brenda!  Let me introduce "Purple Passion".  This is a beautiful amaryllis found in a park near Cozumel, Mexico.  It expresses my passion for life, knowing that we are not promised tomorrow.

Weathered Boat, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands, 2010Weathered Boat, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands, 2010

Hi, this is Brenda!  This is my "Weathered Boat".  I found this boat on an island near Grand Turks.  I was visiting a conch farm there and was wandering the area when I saw this wonderful old boat. 


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African Lion African Lion, 2017

I have been working to photograph endangered and threatened animals while on zoo safaris.  Usually the lions are bedded down during the day when I go to the zoos.  This visit caught this guy walking about.  He is such a noble beast.  I hate that they are threatened in the wild.  As you visit the zoos, please pay attention to which animals are threatened, endangered, or critically endangered.


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