Johnson City Tennessee

We recently took a quick trip to Johnson City, TN. It has been on our list for awhile because we love Yee-Haw beer.  But we finally had a good reason to go. It was work related, so at least the gas was paid for!

Dinner and a Beer (or two)

The first place we went was, of course, Yee-Haw Brewing Company. They have a great in house bar and they share space with White Duck Taco Shop.  Yay! Beer and food all in one handy place.

Downtown

After eating, we decided to walk around downtown a bit and see what else is happening in Johnson City. As it turns out, not much. But it was a Sunday evening. We will try to go back on a Saturday and catch a show or something. Prints are available of the images below – here.

Dessert

I had a hankering for ice cream but there did not seem to be any ice cream shops. I admit, we didn’t look really hard. We headed back to the White Duck to see what they had for dessert. They had two desserts and both were yummy!

We will definitely go back to Johnson City, Tennessee!

 

 

Places We’ve Never Been

SP’s Weekly Photo Challenge last week was places you’ve never been. Some of us went to new local places and some went further away. All were cool places worth a visit.

Purple Plants

Purple is my favorite color. Purple flowers are always a draw for me.

Lunaria

One of my favorites is the Lunaria Plant , Honesty, or Annual Honesty. I love that this plant looks so different in the spring then it does in the fall and winter.

Purple Lunaria by Sharon Popek
Purple Lunaria Flowers
Purple Lunaria by Sharon Popek
Purple Lunaria flowers with a rusty lawn ornament

Tulips

Tulips are another favorite. I love it when the sun shines through them, creating cups of lights.

Tulips by Sharon Popek
Purple and White tulips and spring flowers.
Cups of Lights by Sharon Popek
Purple Tulips with the sun shiny through

Irises

We have a lonely Iris that pops up every year. It is by far my favorite.

Purple Iris by definition
Deep Purple Iris. It’s like purple velvet.
Inside Iris by Sharon Popek
Inside a purple Iris.

Jewelry Up Close

SP’s Weekly Photo Challenge was Jewelry Up Close. We got some great entries. We received some super up close and personal images and gorgeous not so up close images. Some of the images told a story and a few were just pretty.

Stay tuned for images from the next challenge – Some place new.

SP’s Weekly Photo Challenge

SP’s Weekly Photo Challenge was to pick a national day from this calendar and create repetition. Some of the group members did great stuff. I sort of flubbed because, well, reasons (excuses).

 

Water Art Wednesday

It’s Wednesday! A great day for me to share some water art and photography.

Sailboats Reflected

This image is one of the first images I put up for sale on Fine Art America. It’s a favorite of mine and many other people love it as well. It was early morning and the fog was rolling out across the calm water.

Sailboats reflected by Sharon Popek
Sailboats reflected on water.

Seán Heuston Bridge

This is from Dublin, Ireland. A sunny day with calm water on the River Liffey. The Seán Heuston Bridge like many of the bridges in Dublin, has had several different names, including King’s Bridge and Sarsfield Bridge. The bridge is now for tram and foot traffic only.

Seán Heuston Bridge by Sharon Popek
Seán Heuston Bridge is reflected on the River Liffey below.

 

Serenity on the Water

The sun was setting and the water was calm. A single boat sat just past the lone tree on the bank.

Serenity on the water by Sharon Popek
Serenity on the water

Prague Skyline at Sunset

We took a sunset cruise and as we went by the historic city, I fell in love.

Prague Skyline at Sunset by Sharon Popek
Prague Skyline at Sunset

Winter on the Lake

I was visiting my parents in December. The sun shining through the trees created the most amazing shadows. The wind blew the water just enough to create a  very slight ripple. Definitely a favorite of mine.

Winter on the Lake by Sharon Popek
Winter on the Lake

Water Goddess

A composite created from photos and some experimental Photoshop work. I love the colors and mood of this image.

Water Goddess by Sharon Popek
Water Goddess

Saturday Signs

I don’t know why people are so fascinated by signs. But most people I know seem drawn to them. Especially if they are old or vintage. When I travel, I find myself drawn to them. Whether it’s a shop sign, a large sign, a small sign, or a road sign. I will take a photo of it. Some signs tell a story, a history of its location. Even if its just a one word sign, the color and shape can say a great deal about the shop or restaurant or even the area in general.

Maybe people are drawn to a certain sign because it’s got a place in their memory. Maybe they drove by that sign on the way to school every day. Or maybe it represents a happy memory of weekend trips to town.

Americana Signs

Signs from Around the World

Be Resilient!

What does that mean? Resilient means “able to withstand or quickly recover from a difficult situations”. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “If you fall, get back on the horse.” I’m not sure that’s always the best idea. Sometimes, it’s better to find another horse or better yet, stay off the horse altogether. When I say resilient, I mean get up, dust yourself off, and find a better way to do it.

Starting Over

I have recently lost my job of 6 years. I loved my work. I loved the people I worked with. But I knew that I would not have stayed, even if my job had not been eliminated. They were making a lot of changes. And I while I often enjoy change and a challenge, I knew that these changes were not for me. Sure, I am sad and scared of what the future holds. But I also know that I have gotten up and dusted myself off before. At that time, I got back on the horse. This time, I’m going to find a better way to get there.

Inspiration

Several years ago, I traveled to Cuba on an education tour. I recently started looking at some of my photos. Some of these you have seen before. But some are new. I enjoyed the country.   I keep reminding myself of the wonderful, optimistic, resilient people. If these people who face such hardship and difficulty can be so compassionate and optimistic, why can’t I?

Those classic cars you see? Many of those are pieced together by handmade parts. Parts the drivers made themselves because they had little access to outside supplies.