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This Tender Tree

A taste of spring as sprigs of green to grow
This tender tree flaunts limbs soon to be lush
Through scarlet leaves I see the sky does show
A youthful shoot of florets at first blush

What whirling flavors flicker in the air
Soon bees will polish petals with their wings
A honeyed  fragrant  kiss for flowers rare
Sweet nesting bird will settle while she sings

 Soft muted wind is whispering to me
 Suffusing sounds of nature into song
 I listen to the music on the breeze
 A call for mind and heart to chant along

 In dreams of dancing days again I’ll come
 When blossoms bear the fruit of scented plum

Denise Baxter Yoder
 © 4/7/2015  Sonnet
Photo and Words for Spring
#sonnet   #poetry   #spring  +Song of the South +Live Poets Society 
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Through the back porch screen
I caught this scene
Early Sunday morning
Up and rising through the mist
A soft light glows
I could not resist
Drinking in  a view to see 
This vista at Keowee
A glimpse of paradise
I'll take home with me
Humming a tune

~Denise Baxter Yoder
Keowee SC
2015 photo and poem
#Songofthesouth  +Song of the South +Americana Photo  #Americanaphoto    +The Reserve at Lake Keowee 
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Three Rivers Rambler
I noticed that there were some old train cars and a caboose down at the Riverwalk in Knoxville. After I was down there I looked it up and you can take a 90 minute steam train ride along the Tennessee River (http://www.threeriversrambler.com).  The Rambler consists of a 1932 coach car, a merchandise car, and a 1940 open-air car.  I love steam trains, so this sounds like a lot of fun to me.

For #moodymondayphoto +Moody Monday by +Philip Daly
#LeadingLinesMonday +Leading Lines Monday 
#songofthesouth +Song of the South by +Patrice Christian #tennessee #knoxville

You can find other shots from Knoxville and other locations in Tennessee in my Tennessee album here: https://plus.google.com/photos/112417919317910781482/albums/5883135114555150721
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Think warm, think, sand, think beach, think sun ...
Is this helping?
#LudwigKeck   +Song of the South  curated by  +Patrice Christian +Gene Bowker #songofthesouth
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Welcome to Tipton County, Tennessee.  These were all taken in close proximity to each other.  The Mississippi River is really high right now.  It was a beautiful morning.   #landscapephotography   #landscapes   #tennessee   #songofthesouth   #tiptoncounty   #mississippiriver   #hdr  
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Guest House....Keowee
Puddingstone, our  Celtic/Americana group,  had the best time playing music for a very appreciative audience at Keowee SC.........after the concert on Saturday this was the guest house where some of our group spent the night....playing acoustic guitar on the back porch after  enjoying a good night's work....truly a beautiful resort called The Reserve at Keowee......
+The Reserve at Lake Keowee +Americana Photo  #Americanaphoto  
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Thank you for sharing....this beautiful guest house is a welcome retreat !
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Taking Off
I thought the lights at the airport might make some interesting patterns as we were taking off.  This is what the tower and runway lights look like while accelerating for take off from Atlanta.

For #inmotionthursday +InMotion Thursday by +Scott Thomas 
#colorsonfriday 101895570915665777018 by +Karsten Meyer & +Britta Rogge
#Nightscapes +Nightscapes by +Jesse Martineau +Patrick Zeiler and +Valesa Diamontes
#songofthesouth +Song of the South by +Patrice Christian
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You can find other shots from my Travel album here: https://plus.google.com/photos/112417919317910781482/albums/5752959013467666993
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Warm sand, warm ocean, warm thoughts ...
Beach on Tybee Island, Georgia
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River Street - Savannah  
Five old photos stitched together in ICE - then made into cafe art
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A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL
With every attempt I made to find photographic inspiration this afternoon, it seemed like the #greatsmokymountainsnationalpark kept throwing road blocks at me.
With snow still lingering in the higher elevations of the mountains I just couldn't help but try and grab some images today. Always my first and favorite place in the Smokies, Tremont was starting to look fan...tastic until the road was closed at the Institute blocking off all of my favorite spots to go.
So I then decided to go to Cades Cove and use the scattered blue skies to my advantage. There was zero snow left in Cades Cove so foregrounds for the beautiful mountain vistas were colorless and ugly. Especially with Sparks and Hyatt Lanes closed off. Having to drive the entire 11 mile loop was equally frustrating with the frequent stops from inconsiderate drivers.
After finally exiting the cove, I found a spot I had visited before along the road to Cades Cove that was perfect! Or so I thought.
This small stream has several small cascades along a trail and there was still plenty of snow laying on the creek banks, rocks, and fallen trees that crossed the creek.
I took a set of shots from one vantage point, and then my day's luck kicked in and a light rain started falling. Ugh. I saw a better composition a little further up the stream and hurried up to take some shots from there before I had to pack up from the rain.
With rain falling on me I snapped one set of brackets, packed up and left. That hurried frame was the best shot of the day and well worth the time and patience of the trip into the park.
ISO 200, f/16, 0.5 seconds, 10mm
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I was born and raised in the South (Georgia, to be exact) and I made this page to celebrate the South and to share it with the world. I share the ownership of this page with my favorite photographer, +Gene Bowker, a former Californian who has moved across the country and farther South over the years to become almost like one of us! ;-)

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And don't forget the spirit of the South: the sports, the schools, the teams, the races, the tournaments, and the championships, both professional and amateur. What and who do we cheer for? 

Think about this: How have the South and southern people been portayed in books, movies, television shows, songs, and poetry over the years? Has anyone from outside the South ever captured the true essence of the South?


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From Wikipedia:

"The Southeastern United States, colloquially referred to as the *Southeast*, is the eastern portion of the Southern United States. It is one of the most populous regions in the United States of America.*

There is no official Census Bureau definition of the southeastern United States. However, the Association of American Geographers defines the southeastern United States as Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia."

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