Photo Hike on Rainbow Mountain

My Photo Hike on Rainbow Mountain

Photo Hike on Rainbow Mountain; Big balanced rock

Big Balanced Rock. Probably got this way from the upheaval of the Flood.


Photo Hike on Rainbow Mountain; Big balanced rock marker

Yesterday, I hiked Balanced Rock Trail. There’s a little balanced rock and a big one.

Hi Everyone!

Yesterday I took my little Nikon d7000 out when I was hiking on the Rainbow Mountain trails.

My purpose was 3-fold:

  1. Get exercise doing something fun–hiking
  2. Gather photos for a blogging about the trail
  3. Learn how to use my camera better

The exercise is pretty obvious.  I get a nice workout walking and climbing over the boulders on the upward steep.  It’s a wonderful time of year to hike because the temperatures are lower, so I don’t have to worry about the stifling humidity.

I just love taking photos for my blog.  I probably like that part of blogging more than writing.  Writing takes work.  Photographic people, landscapes, and old houses is just play.  I’d love to be a photographer for Nat’l Geographic or Southern Living.

Speaking of photography, it’s a wonderful time of year for taking photos on the trail.  The leaves are just now beginning to change, but the foliage is still pretty and lush for the most part.

My favorite part of photography is composition.  I’ve had enough art classes to be confident in my use of composition and color, but my DSLR camera still has been baffled.  I understand that the three major points of photography are aperture, ISO, and shutter speed.  However, I have a hard time wrapping my mind around aperture.  It seems so confusing that the lower the f-stop, the larger the aperture.  Yesterday, I took 3 pictures of the same object using 3 different f-stops (Sigma 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 lens):  22, 10, and 4.  Now, I think I get it.  An f-stop of 4 let in wayyyyyyyyy too much light.  22 left my shots underexposed, and 10 was just about right for clicking in the woods.

Photo Hike on Rainbow Mountain; Madison park bench

Park bench with “M” that stands for the town and county of Madison.


Photo Hike on Rainbow Mountain; forest leaves

Pretty leaves reflect God’s intricate design.


Photo Hike on Rainbow Mountain; Balanced Rock, boulder

Pretty forest berries. I don’t know if they are edible and don’t plan to find out.


Photo Hike on Rainbow Mountain; Tree with Rainbow Mountain Balanced Rock marker

These are poke berries. Now, I know these guys aren’t edible. You can boil the leaves, however, to make a poke berry salad.


Photo Hike on Rainbow Mountain; Second tree with Rainbow Mountain Balanced Rock marker

The leaves are just barely changing colors.


Photo Hike on Rainbow Mountain; View of Huntsville, Alabama

Pretty view toward Huntsville.


Photo Hike on Rainbow Mountain; View of Madison County



Photo Hike on Rainbow Mountain; Forest leaves


5 Reasons that a Pumpkin is Better than a Man


Just kidding, Lefty…You are always better.  😉

Look what I found………


Got this wheelbarrow at a yard sale for $5!

Look what I did!


I cleaned the wheelbarrow and filled it with pumpkins from Isom’s Orchard.

This week was fall break. Woot-woot! So Princess Buttercup went to our favorite farmer’s market, Isom’s Orchard. The Isoms have run this establishment for as long as I can remember. Look for fresh peaches in the summer, and everything fall in the…well, fall!


“I don’t see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one. You can look around and there’s not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see.” (Linus van Pelt by Charles Schultz)


Apple Slushies!




Baby pumpkins!


Fun fall!

Fall Cup of Joe at The Marketplace Cafe

coffee_mugNothing beats a hot cup of coffee on a cold day like today. And it is most definitely c-o-l-d!

Today I interviewed Margaret Baggett at The Marketplace Cafe’ near Hampton Cove. She served me a good cup of coffee, which took the scratchiness away from my throat.

Margaret is such an amazing young woman and entrepreneur. She said that she began cooking when she was 3 years old. And get this… it was lobster!!

I found out that Margaret and I graduated from the same college at the University of Alabama, except her concentration was in the hospitality field, while I majored in family studies. I also graduated about 20 years before she did, but who’s counting, right?

You know, I really enjoy featuring locally-owned and operated businesses on my site, because my parents had their own businesses (the farm and the store). So local businesses really hold a special meaning for me.

Not to mention, Margaret tries to stock the retail space in her store with goods from Alabama, particularly from north Alabama.

Imagine being under 30 and starting a new business in this economy. But the restaurant and catering business seems to be a hot field around here, and Margaret and her husband’s business is going strong.

I’ll have to go back and try their restaurant soon. And get more coffee.

The Marketplace Cafe.

The Marketplace Cafe.

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Mmm!  Comfort food!

Mmm! Comfort food!