Tag Archives: Spanish-moss

30/52 Bill L Ampen tree carving


This tree is one of many exciting finds on our recent vacation to Orlando, Florida, which included a week’s stay at the Thousand Trails Orlando Preserve campground. On our arrival at the RV resort we found our cabin, then drove down to the lake, where we found this magnificent tree draped in Spanish-moss with the carving by Bill L Ampen. Other than the signature you see here, I know nothing more about this tree or the man responsible for this work of art. My teenage daughter and her friend found the climb more enjoyable.

Photo of the Week series: Every Sunday in 2012 I will either share a photo from my archives or something new I just can’t wait to get feedback on for future art shows/exhibits.

Blogger participation: My hope is to receive enough input on each week’s photo to later post a Bloggers’ Choice of the Month and wrap up 2012 with a Bloggers’ Choice of the Year.

Road trip to Orlando


My Best Friend does all the driving on family vacations which allows me a chance to shoot photos from the front passenger window. The sport mode on my new Nikon D5100 worked fairly well cruising 40 to 70 mph through Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida.

My personal favorite was this pastoral setting before we reached Orlando; keep in mind I only have the kit lens so I couldn’t bring the horses up any closer.

The car photo was taken in southern Indiana before crossing the Ohio River bridge into Kentucky. I got lucky with the “The Batman Building” (AT&T) on the bypass around Nashville, Tenn. This was the only shot that didn’t have a flying pole or treetop or other object smack dab in the middle of the building.

The Welcome to Florida sign and the trees draped in Spanish-moss whizzed by me pretty quick so they are a bit blurred.

Be sure to stop by on Sunday for my Photo of the Week. I photographed something more colorful and unique on a pit stop near Chattanooga.