Watching The River Flow*


“If the boulders are moved,
Even a river will change its flow.” ~Deng Ming Dao

We had a photographer meet up and fun walk along the Eno River, NC last weekend. A beautiful day with unusually cool temperatures, inspiring, creative people and no snakes (It’s copperhead season here in the south, yikes)!


Lots of lush green along the river trail thanks to higher than usual rainfall.


*Watching The River Flow


Mayberry, RFD

Wally's Service.

Whether or not you’re a fan or have ever seen The Andy Griffith Show, you’ve probably heard of Mayberry, the fictitious North Carolina town in which the show is set. It is believed that the inspiration for the series and it’s many colorful characters was the birth place and home town of Andy Griffith, Mount Airy, NC.
I’ve lived in North Carolina for more than half my life and I’ve never been there even though I live just 2 hours away. Recently I was in Winston-Salem and decided I’d make the half hour trip north to Mount Airy to check it out. Mount Airy is a quaint little town with a population of about 10,000 where they fully embrace the idea of Mayberry and the fame of their favorite home town celebrity Andy Griffith.


It’s a quaint sleepy, friendly town reminiscent of days past. Shops and diners like The Snappy Lunch and Barney’s ice cream parlor on Main Street bring the fictitious town of Mayberry to life. Beautiful architecture and huge trees line residential streets. Among other attractions there is an Andy Griffith museum and a bronze statue of Andy & Opie in the middle of town.IMG_9073 IMG_8964Down the road from the historic center of town is a re-creation of the the sheriffs office, Emmet’s Fix-it Shop, and Wally’s Service where you can buy a tour around town in the ’60’s police cruiser complete with sirens. It’s a bit “touristy” but I did find it fun to explore.

IMG_9001 IMG_9006IMG_9033-PanoIMG_9056 IMG_9013 IMG_9021The highlight of my visit was meeting Russell Hiatt and his son, Bill. Russell, now 91, has owned and run the City Barber Shop on Main Street since 1946. It’s believed he was the inspiration for the character of Floyd the Barber. While Mr. Hiatt still goes to the shop daily he stopped giving haircuts and trims about a year ago due to failing health. Stereotypical Southern women and gentlemen stop by to say hello, and with a smooth southern drawl share their stories, and reminisce about growing up with Andy.
IMG_9075-EditIMG_8975IMG_8974barbershop original_8990 IMG_8968Among some of the other historic attractions in town is the Earle Theater built in 1938.

IMG_9079It’s curious to me that people from all over the world stop through to visit Mount Airy and Mayberry. Perhaps it’s nostalgia for a simpler time or just the chance to slow down and sit a spell.IMG_9060

The Farmhouse

Chatham County Farmhouse

I have passed by this old house on my drive to the lake for several years always wanting to stop but never have until now. The sunrise light was perfect and the timing right. Sitting empty but cared for, it stands perhaps as a monument to it’s past. it shares the property with a more modern lived in home.

7 frame panorama.

The Catch

I like doing sequence composites and I had previously done one of this Bald Eagle fishing with 4 frames:IMG_6761-Edit-1

After watching a Photoshop Week segment with Jason Hoppe on Creative Live about making animated gif files, I decided to try it out. It’s pretty simplistic and crude, I know, but a fun start!IMG_6761-2

I’ve never tried any animation before and found it was fairly simple. I imported the 5 frames into Photoshop (I use Cs5) as layers, opened the animation frames, set the sequence and display time then in the “save for web” dialogue chose .gif and the settings I wanted. Easy peasy!