Mark Ballard

Mark Ballard

My readers top my gratitude list

I try to wake up each morning with gratitude. I believe the act of being grateful is extremely important. After all, waking up healthy in a free world is definitely something for which to be thankful.

Mark Ballard

The seasons of a lifetime

Looking through the window, I could see the morning sun peeking through the orange and red leaves of a tree in our yard. The light was softly bouncing off of the crisp, brittle leaves as if it wanted to showcase them one more time before they released from the branches and floated to the ground.

Mark Ballard

Finding inspiration in my path

The first one crossed my path in a parking lot while I was walking in to teach a drawing class. I was running a bit late, but the colorful leaf tried many times to catch my attention. It was crimson and a perfect shape.

Mark Ballard

Storing memories

I’m a very visual person, so I envision my memories as if they are stored away in various boxes in my mind. On the outside of the boxes, printed in large letters, are the words that indicate what they contain. Stacked tall and packed full, they remain deep in the storage unit of my mind.

Videos

Huge monarch butterfly floats through air

Blake Ballard captured this monarch buttery in slow motion video.
Blake Ballard Special to The Telegraph
Huge monarch butterfly floats through air 0:27

Huge monarch butterfly floats through air

Defensive stops key UNC Greensboro past Mercer 1:13

Defensive stops key UNC Greensboro past Mercer

Hoffman's Bears suffer another close loss 2:20

Hoffman's Bears suffer another close loss

UNC Greensboro rallies past Mercer 1:11

UNC Greensboro rallies past Mercer