A Digital Journal

Photography of Tony Triolo

Tennessee Color

A few days ago I had a chance to hop over the border into Tennessee to check out the fall colors there. Autumn’s display is Alabama has been somewhat subdued this year as it has in the past couple of years. Every year, for some reason, I always assume things are better “up north” and I’m usually right. I don’t want to give you the impression that things are dramatically better, but there is a distinct difference.

My destination was the small town of Bell Buckle which is in Bedford County. It is approximately seven miles from the town of Shelbyville. Bell Buckle will be the subject of it’s own posting in a week or so, but for now, let me just say that Bell Buckle is often referred to as the quilting capital of the southeast. In fact, the last time I was in Bell Buckle was to photograph the National Quilting Festival in 1984.


Picket fence outside one of the many B&Bs in Bell Buckle, Tennessee


Big Falls on the Duck River


Old Barn on SR-130 outside Richmond, Tennessee


Bluehole Falls at Old Stone Fort Archaeological Park 


State Road 130 outside Bell Buckle, Tennessee



November 14, 2017 Posted by | Historic Tennessee, Nature, Photography, Tennessee, Travel | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Summer’s Waning Colors

I realize that I haven’t posted anything in quite some time, so here’s a quick collage of photos I shot out at the Botanical Garden in Huntsville, Alabama the other day. I always look forward to the fall colors, but autumn seems slow to arrive this year. Maybe, I’d see what summer’s palette still had to offer. She did not disappoint. The transition of seasons provides it own unique opportunities, when the bright colors of summer give way to the more muted tones of fall.




October 20, 2017 Posted by | Alabama, Huntsville, Madison, Madison County, Nature, Photography | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Old Glory



This old farm shed is located on my usual route into Huntsville. I probably pass by it three times a week, and each time I do, I say to myself, “you really need to photograph that old shed.” I have been telling myself that for literally years. Well, yesterday, during a threatening thunderstorm, I finally pulled the truck over and made good on my promise.  Tech data: Canon 5DSR, EOS 24-70 2.8 lens.

August 10, 2017 Posted by | Photography | 2 Comments

Welti Falls

Welti Falls

A few days ago, I had a chance to visit Welti Falls in Cullman County, Alabama. Located in the town of Welti, the falls are created from the spillway of Forest Ingram Park. I had been to the falls once before, but at that time, it wasn’t flowing near as well as it was last week due to all the rain we have been getting. Now that things are drying up, I fear that the falls will too. What was equally nice about this recent visit was the fact that I had the place to myself. For a photographer, there is nothing more disturbing than to have other people milling about, ducking in and out of your shot. While they may think that they are not in your field of view, they never realize how wide some of these landscape lenses are. I often have to stop and wait for folks to have their experience and then finally move on.

For those interested, this shot required a 45-second exposure in order to get the water to blur to this degree. Since it was a sunny day, I had to use a 10-stop neutral density filter in order to dramatically reduce the exposure. It’s a bit difficult to work with because it is so dense that you can barely see through it. You must compose your image and have your focus dialed in before placing the filter in front of the lens. The exposure can be a bit tricky too, because the camera’s meter is often not sensitive enough to read the dim light filtering through. For that reason, I use a handheld light meter and adjust the exposure factoring in the 10-stop reduction.

The falls are located on Brindley Creek. There is a wide shoulder along Welti Road suitable for parking and next to the trailhead. A half-mile hike will take you to the falls. It’s a pretty easy hike, but the rocks can be slippery if it has recently rained. For you fellow photographers, pay attention to the creek itself. There are numerous photographic possibilities to be had well before reaching the falls.

April 17, 2017 Posted by | Photography | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Blue Ridge Color Tour


Nature’s palette of colors in Banner Elk North Carolina

Once again, we did not have a very spectacular display of Fall colors this year here in Alabama. Blame that on the very dry and warm weather we have endured. So, last week my wife and I drove up to the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway to see if the colors were any better up there. While some locals I met along the way thought that their color was not very impressive at all, to us from the deep South, it looked just fine.

Our trip began in Banner Elk, North Carolina and then we moved through Boone, Blowing Rock, Grandfather Mountain, then south via the Blue Ridge Parkway. We made stops at the craft center at Cone Memorial Park and also at Linville Falls, before ending up at the edges of the Smoky Mountain National Park. The following day, we made our way through the park climbing to the highest point at Clingmans Dome, crossing over to Tennessee before stopping for a family reunion in Sevierville.

A few photos from our trip.


At a pumpkin patch near Boone, North Carolina



Mingus Mill north of Cherokee, North Carolina



Linville Falls



Barn doors in Banner Elk, North Carolina



Fall’s Show



Horseback riders at Moses H. Cone Park near Blowing Rock, North Carolina



Sled window in Banner Elk, North Carolina



Linville Falls, North Carolina



River Birch bark


Smoky Mountains National Park



A barn in Banner Elk, North Carolina





November 3, 2016 Posted by | Nature, North Carolina, Photography, Tennessee, Travel | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment