Sitting at the foot of the Big Daddy sand dune, Deadvlei is an otherworldly place of ancient skeletal camel thorn trees, sun-blackened but not decayed because of the extremely low humidity. The last rain was 21 years ago and even then it was only a few millimeters. These trees are frozen in time into shapes both tortured and graceful. The white clay floor of this pan forms into round shapes that look much like blood cells. It is a photographer's paradise.
On Saturday October 10, we gathered at Maple Grove Cemetery in Russellville to visit the graves of some of our departed classmates: Robbie Pitts, Donald "Turtle" Boyles, Glenn McMillen and Gretchen Upton McMillen, and Jerry Estes. Later, we gathered at the steps of the old Auditorium/Study Hall Building, and lined up on the steps where we were in 1958 for our graduation picture. We marked our departed classmates with black and gold balloons. Kelly Watlington Peterson stood in for her father, Jim Watlington.
This gallery is a glimpse of nature in the State of Maine, as seen through my lens. This collection of 24 photographs is on exhibit, October 2015, at the Logan County Library, Russellville, Kentucky. It includes birds, lighthouses, coastlines, blueberries, lobsters, wildflowers, moose, windjammers, and much more.
Keith Carver graduated from Russellville High School in 1958. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, and has enjoyed nature and bird photography since his retirement ten years ago.