This tree frog is the real deal. He had to jump on my truck mirror at my house and hung on tight for the 10 mile ride to Wal-Mart. I didn’t see him until I was parked. I was able to open the door, catch him and move him to the bushes!
I have history with Tanglewood Park in Clemmons, NC since I was twelve years old. At the time the head coach for Wake Forest University used to teach private Tennis Lessons at the Tanglewood Tennis Courts. I am almost 63 now and I am just beginning to explore the park to its full potential. I could easily move into the campground and live there all year long. North Carolina has experienced heavy rain all year in 2020. This caused the Yadkin River which borders the Tanglewood Park to flood over the fence by the big band shell and enormous steeple chase course. This coming trip to Tanglewood I would like to start shooting in the barn and work my way out. I have a couple of teaser shots already of horses off in the distance just off the running track. I hope the flooding photos frightens most outsiders away because Tanglewood is like a secret. Everything is massive. They have bed and breakfast, golf, swimming, horse riding, a Dog Park, running and workout trails, a campground (that is only $40.00 a night limit 14 days) and this odd game called Soft Golf. This park is a show piece. The maintenance teams work their butts off keeping it nice. Each year the park puts on a Christmas drive through light show that is second to none. This show stops the interstate with visitors that come from all over the country.
I think I might spend a year being a camp ground head master. I met one head master and his wife last year. I was so impressed by the fact that he could balance rocks! Mrs. Pearce, his wife had made a friend with one of the parks many deer. It will be a full-time effort to bring the park to you photographically. I will battle doubling up on photos and new posts with Tanglewood because My Schnauzer and I have fallen in love with Tanglewoof Dog Park. I had a part in promoting the Dog Park at its conception!
Unlike most camps hidden away 10 miles out of shopping range for zoning laws, this campground is just across the street from café’s and a Harris Teeter with a great meat department. Not far are local hidden treasures like giant lakes with private swan rides and Farmer’s markets.
But don’t venture out here, you might start liking it and end up spending the night or four in one of the log cabins. I would consider selling my house and buying one of the camping lots.
Heaven is a Dog Park on Earth where there are very few fights. I have some big ideas for the big dog park. My goal is to get a shot of this six foot six inch tall young man holding up a log for his large Huskie to catch! Stay tuned! I often double up on albums. I have an odd OCD sorting technique
Oak Hollow Lake
High Point, NC
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Sigma DG 150-500mm -6.3 1:5 APOHSM
16mm 1.2.8 AF-Fisheye Nikkor
I started shooting around 5:30pm waiting for the Super Moon and some telephoto lens practice. I still can’t get the moon shots right to save my neck. I was allowed to stay past closing time because the girl was working overtime and was very nice. I am not sure I made the moon shot. My battery went to half Power. I shot 20 gb of shots, which was about 450 jpg and their NEF copies. I couldn’t get the ducks to fly to save my tail but a couple adopted me came to me and posed. I didn’t have any food either. I think I got one black bird to fly for me. For the Flying shots, I may need the monitor attachment, if one of them would fly! I shot these the old-fashioned way, with a tripod and through the view finder. Sigmon’s formula worked on the only shots that looked like a Moon! Sigmon Whitener has been a lifelong photographer teacher. Thanks, Sigmon, I’ll get the exif info on those! It was my Fifth time out with this lens. It was a workout for about Five hours shooting!
The Island Vista Inn
Pure Luxury is checking in to a hotel right on the beach when you have a perfectly good camper at home. Not only were we treated to an upgrade in a penthouse suite, the pool was full of beautiful teen aged girls. When they came to sit in the Jacuzzi with me, I thought I had died and gone to heaven!
This first set of shots is within 15 minutes of checking in our Room! I shot for about an hour. My pocket wi-fi let me down but the hotel wi-fi is Rockng! I forgot what a pain internet access is on the road. I’m doing a quick hit and run because I need to be taking more photos and recording some wave sounds from my room. Scott Starr, Don’t make fun of those die hard East coast surfers waiting for the perfect wave in the middle of November. If my response time is slow this week it’s because I’m counting waves! Photoshop is having a fit with El Capitain so you get raw as is. It took four hours to drive here and two hours for traffic between Conway and Myrtle! When I make time, I’m going to learn how to access high speed bandwidth with a foil hat. It was odd, we didn’t expect the traffic this time of year. However, the beach is not crowded.
I phone 5
I usually shoot with a Nikon but this day I tried an Iphone and a Go Pro Hero 4. I killed three tripods in the salt water in Myrtle Beach, SC!
Charleston, South Carolina
David Post,I promise to straighten these buildings up when I settle for a week. Some were level and the town was level today anyway! CHECK OUT THE BATTLE SHIP VS CONTAINER SHIP and the horses. This was a quick four hour shooting spree around the block from our Hotel. The Andrew Pinckney Inn. We almost missed seeing the horses.
Sometimes WordPress won’t convert my FlickR urls into embedded viewers. I don’t know why yet. If you stray away from my page please come back and visit.
Persistence pays off. For some reason this url stuck to the emedR!
Be sure to hover your mouse on the photo. When you see the arrows appear on the sides click them for a slideshow.
I need a featured image of the horse barn in here but WordPress is teasing me.
From Winston to Asheville is about 150 miles. Almost every trip will have its particular travel problems usually preceded by a long day of hooking up and fighting traffic. Generally nothing much in the travel info on campgrounds is true. You can count on the basics and you have to understand that everything boils down to three main cables: Water Sewer and Electric. If a camp doesn’t have that, they are a parking lot or a State Park and generally have community Showers and toilets. Your cable and wi-fi are luxuries! There was a time one would spend an hour adjusting their antennas at every park. You go into parks knowing that the FCC changed the signals on all cable companies. Your over the air picture is often better than the new cable. Because of cable theft, cable companies tried to bullet proof their receptions making the top 99 channels the norm in hotels and campgrounds. The thing is a camp used to be a social event, however the new wave of people run straight back to their trailers, leaving the social campers a better chance at weeding out travelers that hate each other and hate traveling. If you want wi-fi all the time you can buy your own wi-fi box or get one in your truck now a day. Now you have Road Warriors that have no business on the road. They try to take their frustrations out on people that are running the campgrounds. This is stupid because the very people that make your life better are catching hell from ass-wipes. Before I ramble on I need to tell you I noticed people burn out in the voice of a very capable, thorough professional woman at Bear Creek months before I got there. When I arrived, a few months later, I saw her handling at least four emergencies and a line of people in a hurry and worn out by the mountain. If she ever sees this I want to give her a standing ovation for having an impossible job. Her campground, Bear Creek is the busiest park I have ever seen bar the beach. But the beach has twenty people to handle traffic. I think her name is Missy. Her park has apartments, permanent and long term spots. I saw Prevost buses and tent campers camping in close proximity. With an amazing turn over at her place she manages to keep the place spotless with a good team under her. She had a second shift partner that was still fresh and happy to be around people. She noticed my camera and she and her son came over to say hello! I failed to take her photo because I was astonished with her kindness and curiosity. This is a smack my head moment if I ever had one! I hope she is still there on my next visit!
A good photographer can make a garbage dump worth visiting. You know the drill if you have ever trusted in a brochure and counted on a beach or a mountain view only to find when you get to your hotel you find their definition of a view means, if you can hang off of the top floor rail and peak around the corner you may get a glimpse of the beach or mountain. Generally, campgrounds are zoned out of town. In Asheville we shot for Bear Creek and visited four other camps within 10 miles of town. From a realistic point of view, I am not sure how I survived 30 years on the road without a GPS. As is most mountain towns you better expect that after fighting traffic on the Interstate that the very second you get off of the Interstate that the roads turn to hell with sharp curves and steep shoulders with not much for navigation even with a GPS. Then if you miss just one turn you may end up on Banjo Lane ( a real road in Asheville). When you get stuck in a tight spot pulling a 38 foot trailer you get your driving skills tested pretty quick. I’ve taken two to four hours to get into spots at the beach. Bear Creek campground is the perfect Pit stop. But even if you are a full-time resident, you may get stuck behind someone checking in or out and miss your day. The large “Creek” is a half mile straight down a hill and you can see it if you walk your dog. You are just off the interstate so traffic noise is constant. Wi-Fi is a hit and miss depending on wi-fi traffic. I try to turn traffic noise into beach waves. You have a couple of kinds of travelers….assholes and elbows. The assholes think everything revolves around them. Slamming every door they own is the normal for them, every chance they get. The door slamming isn’t as bad as most hotels with positive “locking” doors. The guy who invented those damn doors needs to be shot dead. Hotel noises always come with maids slamming vacuum cleaners into the walls, and people traffic only when you finally nod out, then the BANG of the doors. I have a gift (curse) that I can tell you when someone comes home or leaves on most any floor from any spot. So campgrounds are the same but the noises aren’t as bad to me. You have camps that are meant to be pit stops from Interstate travel, camps that are actually cool to live in permanently and camps that should never be camps to begin with.
We thought of making Asheville a frequently visited city so we took two days following a Woodall’s guide to local camps. Camps aren’t inexpensive anymore. Even State owned parks are 30 bucks a night. Bear Creek is $45.00 to $55.00 per night and they offer an $850.00 monthly rate.
It is an excellent Pit Stop. We lived in 9A, a pull through site. The weather got rough and the tree above us started scratching at our roof. Within ten minutes, despite her always busy day, the boss had her team down to my camp and he and I clipped the limbs to fit our trailer! One traveler killed a water faucet with their trailer and the team had it fixed as soon as it stopped raining! We found a campground that doesn’t exist at all but for Woodall’s imagination. That was a good two hours wasted looking for nothing. The Pisgah Lake National State Park had perfect State Park views with a lake we couldn’t get to. The sites were tough for large units. Without a doubt to us the most beautiful picture perfect view was at a camp that had a frightening hill with a make no mistakes factor involved. But if you could make the climb the view at the top was spectacular, even in the rain! You can pay $75 bucks for a site with a view at Campfire Lodging. About five people get the primo views and the spots are cut so you don’t just see the back of another person’s trailer. The rest of the spots are surrounded by trees. Don’t be in a hurry coming up and down that hill……unless you have lost your brakes. We saw a $500,000.00 tow truck take a 40 foot coach down the hill, so if you have any skill you can make it and it is worth the climb. Wilson’s river is near a recreation park and I swear when we drove by it there was an Ultimate Frisbee game going on. It is cut in the middle of a giant runner’s track off the “Big” river. You can actually live in your van down by the river. I saw the perfect van with a tent off the open door that made me have flashbacks and appreciate that often smaller is better!
We had a three-day window to visit Biltmore Estate. We were tired the first night and that was the only clear night. We voted to sleep. So we visited on an after 4:30 pm you can come and hang around outside the next day pass. That “inexpensive” pass was $160.00 for two. It was drizzling the first night and we were only able to visit two floors and the front yard due to me wanting to photograph everything in site! We were upset at the weatherman because apparently being a weather person in the mountains is a lost cause. We didn’t make the second day because Asheville was experiencing record rainfall.
But we know not to travel if you think the weather waits for you alone! You need to be tough as nails to travel under the best of circumstances! We know to do Asheville will take some planning. First you have to fight for a spot or a room because the downtown people are just that cool to visit. I met a spinner. I attract spinners like a moth to lights! Of course, this spinner was at The Magic Mushroom known to locals as The Mellow Mushroom. Finding spinners in a good Pizza place is a thrill for me!
A good campground can be used as a pit stop or a final destination depending on your needs. We will be back to Asheville if we can find a spot to camp! We don’t have the luxury at the time of planning vacations when the weather is at its best. We take them as we can get them.
This was a well-earned and deserved vacation!
I envy John Cayton and Edgar Payne! They are true light writers and do our mountains the justice they deserve with their photography. The mountains have that way of sucking you in!
We had a well-deserved vacation in Asheville, NC the first week in November of 2018.
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A lot of the single photo views turn in to albums with hundreds of photos in them. some lead to FlickR. Most are designed so you can put your finger or mouse pointer on the photo and aim it to the far right or left to the edge of center. Then ◀️▶️ appear. You can go to the right or left. You can hold down the ◀️▶️ keys and go fast or at your own pace. They are touchy and I can’t explain why sometimes they go straight to flickr and other times it lets you view from my page.
WordPress guru Steve figured out the odd glitch why some albums just hyperlink to FlickR and Some albums from FlickR will open up within WordPress. On my end I have to remember to paste the header url from FlickR and not just a page from the album. When a FlickR album is being especially difficult, I just have to sacrifice the views on that album and reload it on the FlickR side. It is worth it because WordPress is proving to be fun for me. I do find that albums I have on FlickR with over 500 photos don’t display all the photos. I have to remember to tell peole everytime that they have to go to flickR to view all the photos oin those albums.
Some of the photography in these albums does not belong to me. I did however catch The Twins on a lunch break at Catawba College.
This will be the first of several articles about
Not only are The Smith brothers pioneers in their sport, they are also actors and life savers. They have been lifeguards most of their lives watching after their piers since they were 10 years old. That requires a lot of responsibility. The best thing I can say about The Smith brothers is that they are also teachers! They share their art with others. They have put in countless hours with their sport and created a life for themselves that only most of us can dream of.
I heard it said to me once that only %2 of the world is self-motivated enough to run their own businesses. Then the rest of us need cattle prods. The Smith brothers are also known as Side Kick Karate or The Gold Dust Twins.
When they were just out of High School they created a sport that made people like Chuck Norris, Bill Wallace and Joe Lewis famous.
When Chuck Norris needed advice, he went to Ricky and Randy’s mentor, Jerry Piddington.
Jerry has been on the cover of many martial arts magazines and is also an actor. He travels the world sharing his talents.
I was given an opportunity to photograph a Black Belt and Brown Belt promotion ceremony that many of Ricky, Randy and Jerry’s black belts attended.
I was especially amazed at one young brown belt that convinced me he could fly. He could fly because he had motivation from the best martial artists on the planet! His Father, Shawn Bolick is also a student. But Ben Bollick is Batman!
Ricky K. Smith and Randy L. Smith
The Gold Dust Twins
12/15/18 10:32:04 PM
I had the great honor of photographing some of our country’s best martial artists judging aspiring young black belts. Sidekick Dojo sponsored many judges including Jerry Piddington. The entire team had been working since early morning. I arrived at 5pm and shot until 7pm. My main focus was to photograph Ricky K Smith, Randy L Smith and Jerry Piddington. There were many other world Class martial artists in attendance. Randy must have traveled all the way from Myrtle Beach which is five hours away.
The respect from students to teachers was nothing short of incredible. The concentration from the audience members and parents of the students, let’s just say the guardians in attendance were beaming with pride.
The students and teachers have spent thousands of hours getting in the physical shape it takes to be a martial artist in any form. Then the students exhibited dozens of different katas and forms that seemed impossible to remember. The judges were not easy and these guys don’t just get booted up in rank. They earn their belts. What is amazing is that the masters, Ricky, Randy, Jerry and the rest could spot a movement down to the foot placement or hand placement of the different styles. Mr Piddington had us all close our eyes and the class had to tell which forms or katas the students were performing.
I would like you to feel free to download these items. You can download the full resolution photos on FlickR.com. You have to create an account. Some of you are under 18 and often Flickr sneaks in something not suited for kids. So let your parents help you with the search. They need to sign up. They get a photo account. Don’t get prints done with less than the full resolution. That means if someone has re-shared my photo on facebook, facebook has stepped on the photo from 25mb to about 80kb! You can download the video. If you use the photo in a magazine or other venue drop Sidekick Dojo some thanks and give me a credit. If you make money on the photo let’s split the profit! My .nef files are almost 50mb so you should be able to make a large poster.
The Video looks good. I’ll be uploading to Vimeo as soon as my weekly limit kicks back in. The Vimeo Video looks better than the youtube and is easier to download. I say, download while you can as I continually get violated for playing music in the background. Sooner than later I’ll get booted. And i just got booted and am rebuilding.
The youtube video will be here if they increased my time limits.
You will notice that within this web page I have doubled up on Ricky K. Smith and Randy L. Smith’s posts. They belong to an alumni group I created for the years 1973 to 1977. Because they are among the most talented of our classmates it is very important that I show their work in the alumni group. I am hoping to compile an on going series of photo and video visits to their studio and I can get their students to their menu much faster if they also have their own thread!
Why so many places to find my work? The best reason is not to put all your work on one site because even facebook could bite the dust.
The still photos are here:
Lay down on the ▶️ key and watch the event come to life like old flash cards!
Ricky and Randy’s photos have been visited over 12,000 times on my FlickR pages as of 20200504. That doesn’t count all the Facebook views.
I could be making headway with Vimeo.
Let’s run with this while it sticks. I would suggest to Sidekick Students to download this with the easy button on Vimeo before I push the wrong buttons. Otherwise we get caught up in drop files etc. Vimeo makes it so you can download to your phone or desktop.
Download Here very soon please:
Black Oak Arkansas
Imagine the thrill I got when out of the blue I get an email from Atlantic Records wanting to use three of my Black Oak Arkansas photos for their comeback album,
Back Thar n’ Over Yonder!
I spotted my work in several different places on their Webisodes for VH-1 and got my name and website on their CD cover. I am also in their Black Oak Arkansas group on Facebook!
Out of the blue I get a request from Atlantic Records to use a few of my photos for a Webisode for Black Oak Arkansas!
WELL! HELL YES!
Shane K Smith
Which hand did Jim usually wear that ring on?
Is this right or does it need flipped. Looking at the slide isn’t always a clue. Did Jim Dandy wear that ring on his left hand? But it looks like he wears rings on both hands.
The guitar on this shot could be right handed and the speaker logos or writing on his washboard “Ain’t right”!
Now this worries the hell out of me tonight 20190325. I have questions Rickie Lee Reynolds and fans can help me with. I’m thinking How did Tommy Aldridge the drummer set up his mIc? Was it usually to his lft of Tom Tom? I can’t make out the logo. What kind of speakers are those? Was the logo in the top right hand corner? Are those Fender heads to the far left? Do they look right or did I flip this shot? Did Jim Dandy usually play the washboard with his right or left hand? I can’t make out the writing on the washboard.
See what I mean! This looks more like Rickie Lee Reynolds is left side facing with Tommy on his right. I’m trying to air guitar in my head. His strumming hand bent out and chord hand (left) more tight by his side. But they say you remember things over 30 years plus backwards. The new selfie craze produces a lot of backassward photos. I’ll either repost the album or come back later tonight and flip them. Looks like I flipped a couple when I scanned the slides. The logo on the speakers and holding the guitar in the opposite direction should be a clue. Looks like I got Jim Dandy right unless he liked to hold the mic left handed!
I mean there are questions here like does Jim Dandy hang to the left or to the right? The guitar player may have been left handed. Did Tommy Dixon mic his Tom Tom like that? Can you read the guitar make or cymbal make?
I could sure use help figuring out if this photo needs to be flipped. if so that would explain Rickie Lee Reynolds playing left handed her, if it is Rickie and which side the logo on those big speakers are on!
I can’t make out if the name on these speaker heads or Tommy’s drums. Or how is the washboard branded? Are those letters backwards? Is that a lot like playing the album backwards?
He has a freckle on his left bicep. or should that be his right bicep?
Flickr is slowy letting me flip horizontally and maintaining the views from 2009. Thanks to the help of Bill Gans, Rickie Lee Reynolds and fans of Black Oak Arkansas group page on Facebook for helping me adjust these photos. Leave a comment if you see I need to flip horizontally anymore.
Bill Gans “yes your pic is reversed, hi-hat is on the wrong side, i was probably the sound eng. on this tour(showco), notice the shure 548 mics, not sure of the year this pic was taken, don’t see ruby, she was on all the tours i did with them.”
I had the great fortune to meet Jim Dandy’s daughter. She very politely responded to a comment I made on her videos she is documenting of her famous Father, Jim Dandy.
“The ride home from Black Oak with my dad, Jim Dandy. Oh lawd, he talkin’ lol
•Dec 12, 2019
“Sheezus dudes, thi vid took SOOOO LOOOONG TO MAAAAAKE because if you know my dad, Mr. Jim Dandy Mangrum, you know that being quiet isn’t his strong suit lol. So, after MANY many tries….. its finally done. I hope you enjoy it! It’s got some crazy stories in it! From bootlegging booze in the 1800’s to mom lol the WHOLE DANDY SPECTRUM hahaha also, bare in mind that he didn’t know I was filming until we got to my house, so he looks a bit disheveled and “undone” because he had just planed to be riding in the car with me and not being seen by thousands lol so just know he’s not dressed to be seen, he’s just in casual dad mode. I hope you enjoy and as always, THANKS FOR WATCHING!!“
“The Ride – Episode 2: From Black Oak to Rickie Lee’s! In this installment, my boyfriend josh and I pick up my pops (Jim Dandy Mangrum) in Black Oak (Arkansas) and take him to Memphis to his best and oldest friends house. Mr. Rickie Lee Reynolds, the other founding member, & rhythm guitarist in Black Oak Arkansas. It’s just a snapshot into our lives and the conversations we have. I hope you enjoy! If you like my content, don’t forget to subscribe, leave a comment and click that like button! Until next time dudes! LLAP”
“Hey all! Piper D here, I’m super excited to share episode 3 with ya’ll! In this episode, I will be explaining how, & where, I was born! Details inside! Don’t forget to like, share, & subscribe if you enjoy my content! New videos EVERY WEEK! Until next time dudes! LLAP”
“Hey y’all! Welcome back! Here’s another crazy time from my childhood that’s hard to believe but completely true. This one was a scary one for my mom, but I had no clue how scary it actually was until around a decade later. Watch and you decide! Thanks for checking out my channel! If you like what you see, please leave a like and subscribe!! Until next week dudes! Xoxo”
“A short but sweet story about what life was like between one of Dad’s booking agents and I. Hope you like it! & if you enjoy stories like this one, check out the other videos from the Growing Up Dandy series! There will be tons more, so please subscribe to my channel and smash that like button & notification bell! Until next week dudes! (I Upload every tues & weds of each week) LLAP!! remember to Keep The Faith!! – Piper Dandy Mangrum, Daughter of Jim Dandy Mangrum from the band Black Oak Arkansas”
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No shit 1:59! He picks up a Frisbee and wings it! Do ya think I like that? HELL YES!
I am currently setting up the stage!
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