Author: Wes Moody

  • Common Milkweed

    Common Milkweed

    a monarch's treasure tended by the guardians gone with the fall winds

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  • Civil War Earthworks under the Milky Way

    Civil War Earthworks under the Milky Way

    It’s a steep but relatively short walk up to this site in Clark County. Built 160 years ago, the earthworks fort is one of a series built by the Union on bluffs along the Kentucky River to defend against Confederate troops crossing natural fords. Little remains of the original fort, but a portion of the…

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  • Paint Creek

    Paint Creek

    It was overcast when we visited this small waterfall. I carefully made my way down the steep bank to the water's edge and set up my tripod and camera. The water's edge was very rocky, and the tripod was in a precarious position, as was I. If I slipped, both the camera and I would…

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  • Early Fall Color at Grayson Lake State Park

    Early Fall Color at Grayson Lake State Park

    It feels like fall has been teasing us … or maybe I'm just being too impatient as I look forward to a beautiful Kentucky fall. We have had a little leaf color change around home, but mostly it's been the not very spectacular hues of brown and yellow of leaves shriveling up from lack of…

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  • September Milky Way

    September Milky Way

    A few weeks ago I made my way back up the hill next to our house to the same hayfield where I took my Super Blue Moon photo at the beginning of this month. That beautiful full moon was now a new moon, and conditions for photographing the Milky Way core were promising. Those round…

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  • The Idled Deere

    The Idled Deere

    Tobacco in the fields and hanging in the barns used to be a big part of our rural Clark County landscape. Tobacco is still grown here, but there are a lot fewer of those green and gold fields. I noticed the other day that some of those fields are already being cut. Whatever else you…

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  • Super Blue Moon

    Super Blue Moon

    I got the idea for this photo last week, after my neighbor mowed and baled his hay field on the hill above our house. The moon was going to look like a full moon both Wednesday and Thursday nights so there would be two chances to have a clear sky and try to make the…

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  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

    Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

    I am fortunate that my wife loves creating informal gardens around our place. She does the vast majority of the work, and I get to enjoy the benefits of the seasonal color and watching all the bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies that are attracted. I don't thank her enough for the beauty she has created. Our…

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  • Backroad Thoughts

    Backroad Thoughts

    Sometimes a roadside scene gets me thinking about how things used to be. This is one of those times. My wife and I were exploring the backroads. This time we crossed the 627 bridge into Madison County, made a left onto Red House Road, then turned east, traveling the roads that roughly parallel the southern…

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  • The Quiraing, Isle of Skye

    The Quiraing, Isle of Skye

    My wife and I recently returned from a long-planned visit to Scotland. The trip was originally scheduled for 2020, our 40th anniversary, but the pandemic upended our plans just as it did for everyone else. We both have some Scottish ancestry, and we were keen to see the countryside where our ancestors lived. We have rarely traveled internationally…

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