I took one of my spring trips down to Shiloh National Military Park a couple of weeks ago to see the new eagle chicks. There are two eaglets this year. I did not see them, but their mother sat on this limb for a long time protecting her nest and her young. Witnessing amazing animals like bald eagles in the wild make spending time in nature worth every minute.
“Majesty” A whitetail deer buck stands in an open meadow. Autumn in the United States is a perfect time to photograph deer. The deer are plentiful in Pinson Mounds State Archeological Park, especially in the fall. There are only a few large bucks and they are extremely hard to capture in a photograph. Part of wildlife photography is about patience and persistence. It took me several weeks of trying to capture this deer before I was lucky enough to get this shot.
Here is something new that I have started. After having several people ask me to start documenting some of my stories and sharing my adventures I started a YouTube series called Take a Hike. This is the newest episode based around my trip to the Grand Canyon. Take a look at my other episodes.
Shiloh National Cemetery sits within the battlefield of Shiloh National Military Park in southern Tennessee. It lies along the Tennessee River at Pittsburg Landing which was the crossing point for the Union Army during the battle. It is a quiet and scenic memorial that was once a spot filled with rage. The cemetery stands as a reminder of not only what happened there on April 6 and 7 of 1862, but also what happened along the Tennessee River. The cemetery was established to bury Union dead, but now is a resting place of several soldiers from many American conflicts. The picture above is looking out of the cemetery toward the battlefield. Two flags fly above the cemetery, the POW flag and the flag of the United States as memorial to all the fallen.
Sunrise on an early morning shoot at Shiloh National Military Park in Tennessee. This is one of my favorite places to shoot, especially in the late winter and early spring. I went down this weekend to photograph one of the nesting pairs of Bald Eagles, unfortunately, they were not very active around the nest. I go early because I always want to try to catch the sunrise and sometimes I get lucky to capture the fog lifting from the battlefield. The National Military Parks serve as great reminders of the past, but they also serve as places of conservation. When you visit, listen to the voices of the past and captivate yourself in the here and now.