Painted Landscapes An artistic look back at 2016 by Thomas Leonard

This past year has been a year of growth and transition. As a photojournalist for KY3, my role is becoming more and more video-centric and less and less photo-centric.

While that means I have done less photojournalism, I have taken up the mantle of landscape photographer this year. With my wife quitting her job to stay at home with me and the kids, this has freed us up to do a little more travelling. So this year's collection of photographs spans four states.

As with last year's post, I've taken a few of my favorite photographs that I've captured over the past year and given an artistic touch to them. I hope you enjoy!

Missouri

Sunset at Ha Ha State Park
Ha Ha Tonka State Park
Missouri Prairies

Missouri Sunrises

Missouri Winter

Backyard Discovery
Smallin Civil War Cave
Finley River Bridge, Ozark, Missouri

Arkansas

Triple Falls
Paige Falls

Tanyard Creek Nature Trail

Yellow Rock at Devil's Den State Park

Sunrise at Sam's Throne
Overlooking Sam's Throne

Tennessee and North Carolina

Cades Cove - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Morning Light Over the Smokies
Little River, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Little River, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Little River, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Morning Along the Little River

Sunset in the Smokies

Blue Ridge National Parkway
Biltmore Mansion

And that's that! I hope you all had a great 2016 and I look forward to all that 2017 has to offer! I plan on doing a lot more travelling (including a trip to the PNW) so next year should be even better!

-Thomas

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