Exploring Light, Spring Flowers, and Jeremiah


 mountain laurel

Today’s post will begin with exploring light and then suddenly take a sharp left hand turn with an much unexpected story. So pay attention, and  hang on to your seat.



I had the wonderful experience of meeting and hearing Rick Sammon at his Explorer of Light Seminar this past Saturday in Huntsville, Alabama. Like many of you, I have listened, viewed, and read Rick’s advice over the years. To see him in person was a real treat. He is such an interesting speaker, and an amazing photographer.

long leaf pine

So speaking of exploring light, I went hiking a couple of weeks ago and took several shot of some of the different wild flowers and trees along the way. It was late afternoon and around here, depending on which side of the mountain you are on among other things, it means that you may get a few rays of direct sunlight or you may not. At times this can be frustrating, and other times it can present a great opportunity. For an example, I liked the way the light fell across this sweet shrub it’s almost like a small spot light.

Eastern Sweet Shrub

Jeremiah was a bullfrog…

So while I’m walking along, I happened up on this little fellow just sitting in the middle of the road. I just couldn’t help of thinking of ole Jeremiah.  If you are old enough to remember the seventies then you remember the song sung by Three Dog Night that hit the number one spot  in 1971.


“Joy to the World” was written by Hoyt Axton. As the story goes, when he first attempted to convince the producers to record his new melody the lyrics to the song were “Jeremiah was a prophet”.

Danny Hutton and Cory Wells rejected the song. However, Chuck Negron convinced the band that they needed a “silly song” to bring the band together. Nobody expected it to become what it did.

Axton and his mother, Mae Boren Axton, became the first mother and son to each have written a number one pop single in the rock era.  His mother had co-written “Heartbreak Hotel”, along with Tommy Durden in 1956, which was the first number one hit for Elvis Presley.


  1. Len Saltiel May 16, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    Excellent images Phillip. I am definitely remember the song fondly and Three Dog Night was a favorite band.

    • Phillip May 17, 2013 at 10:46 am #

      Thanks Len, they were a great band!

  2. Journey Photographic May 17, 2013 at 10:14 pm #

    I’m not a fan of frogs, bull- or otherwise, but the colours in this image are stunning.

  3. Jimi Jones May 20, 2013 at 6:44 am #

    Ah yes, who doesn’t remember that song? 🙂

    Great photos and a wonderful chance encounter with Rick Sammon. Awesome stuff, Phillip.

    • Phillip May 20, 2013 at 11:12 am #

      Thank you Jimi. It was an awesome day hearing Rick.

  4. Otto von Münchow May 21, 2013 at 6:51 am #

    Excellent photos, Phillip. Jeremiah is a fun picture (and association), but my favourite is the picture just above. Such tender and delicate light. Very nice.

    • Phillip May 21, 2013 at 6:52 pm #

      Thank you Otto for your comment that’s my favorite too.

  5. LensScaper May 23, 2013 at 1:17 am #

    Great batch of images, Phillip. I particularly love that B&W shot.

    • Phillip May 23, 2013 at 10:55 am #

      Thank you Andy. I enjoy seeing others b/w images,but I rarely do them myself because most of the time I just don’t feel right about them. However, I really liked how this one turned out. Maybe there is hope for me yet.

  6. Andrew Graeme Gould May 27, 2013 at 9:27 pm #

    These are superb images, Phillip. The different quality of light gives each image its own distinctive mood, and I really do like the subtle look in the fourth one here. I wasn’t expecting your post to end like that… Very interesting!

    • Phillip May 28, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

      Thank you Andrew. I didn’t expect for it to end like that either. I just had to work the story into the post about ole Jeremiah! 🙂

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