MAXINE BILLINGS, Photographer & Author

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Mama’s Lavender Wildflowers

Dear friends, I’m thrilled to share with you my latest collection on VIDA!

This collection represents some of my best photos from over the years and is very authentic to who I am as an artist. I’m really proud today to share this work with you.

I’m also very excited to collaborate with VIDA for this collection. VIDA is a new kind of fashion e-commerce company that connects artists like me all over the world with producers to bring our work to life. For every product sold, VIDA hopes to provide the gift of literacy to the makers they work with.

Please click here to see some of my favorite items from this collection.

As always, this is from my heart ❤ to yours <3!

Maxine 🙂

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wall_clock_magnolia-r87ff12b83ec84f379152afc9b839ab2a_fup1y_8byvr_325Hello again! This time, I’d like to introduce you to some of my wall decor on Zazzle. The photos are also from my Nature’s Finest art gallery. I have created these designs on Zazzle so that you can order them as is. However, if there is a print you would like but don’t see, please feel free to let me know so that I can add it to my Zazzle collection. Also, please keep in mind that you still have the option of customizing your own designs from my Nature’s Finest website. Just contact me and let me know what you want.



flowers (multi) canvas print


From my heart ❤ to yours <3!

Maxine 🙂

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congratulations cardHello, everyone! For those of you who haven’t seen them, I’d like to introduce you to my new Zazzle Greeting Cards Collection. So far, I have a total of ten cards, but I’ll be adding more. All of the photos are from my Nature’s Finest art gallery. Please take a few minutes to visit my Zazzle store where you’ll find a selection of various items I’ve created just for you.

thank u card

get well card


best wishes card

As always, this is from my heart ❤ to yours <3!

Maxine 🙂



CADES COVE 24My husband Tony and I may have to relocate to the mountains!  Just kidding–sort of.  I’ll explain later in this post.  Tony has been on vacation from work this week, and since having cut back on our expenses, we have found some very clever ways to vacation on a budget.

Monday after dropping off his car to have it serviced, we just drove around locally through areas we had not been to in a while or not at all.  We stopped at a lake where I got out and took several pictures of some geese who were enjoying themselves nearby.

GEESE 5GEESE 2Early Wednesday morning, we drove to Cherokee, NC, to the area of the Indian reservation for a day trip.  After we passed over the North Carolina line, we stopped by this extremely nice rest area!  Believe me when I tell you the restrooms looked like spa bathrooms!  There was really ornate-looking tile on the walls outside and inside the restrooms which were equipped with shiny, stainless steel sinks and stall doors!  I came real close to snapping some photos to share with you but held back because I didn’t want people wondering what neck of the woods I had come from.  However, I did get some shots of these bushes adorned with beautiful, dainty, red berries outside the building.

REST AREA NCOnce we reached Cherokee, I took the pictures below.

CHEROKEE NC 2CHEROKEE NCThen we decided since we were so close to our favorite place to visit in the Great Smoky Mountains, Cades Cove (near Townsend, TN), that we might as well go there.  Along the way, we caught sight of these six little cuties letting the current of the water glide them along.

GEESE 7I’ve been suffering for a couple of weeks with what feels like another sinus infection.  As we rode through the mountains, I suddenly realized that I had started to feel better and was no longer congested.  Now, back to what I said in the beginning of this post about Tony and I moving to the mountains–the reason for my sudden health improvement obviously was the mountain air!

Anyway, along the way to Cades Cove, we came across this dazzling, miniature waterfall.

WATERFALLOnce we got to Cades Cove, we felt like we had stepped back in time to an era where life, even though it was hard, was simple and peaceful.

CADES COVE 22CADES COVE 23CADES COVE 26DEER 8There were several people outside of their vehicles taking pictures of this handsome guy above.  He was inside a partially enclosed fence with wire, so he could have gotten out if he’d wanted to.  I got as close as I could and zoomed in on him with my digital camera.  Behind me, I heard Tony telling me repeatedly, “That’s close enough.  That’s close enough.”

CADES COVE 25Whenever we drive through Cades Cove, I always look for natural art (which isn’t hard to find because it’s literally everywhere) to take pictures of.  And on this trip, not only did I have my cell phone camera, but I also brought along my Kodak digital camera, and my new Kindle Fire which also has a camera.  I tell you, I was in a picture-taking frenzy!  The picture below I took with my Kindle Fire.  When I asked Tony to pull over so I could capture it, I forgot briefly that whenever people see a car pulled off to the side and people standing around with their cameras, it’s a sure sign that some extraordinary type of wildlife like deer (but especially bears) are close by.

CADES COVE 27A really nice lady approached me and whispered, “Do you see a buck?”  I answered, “Oh, no, I’m just taking a picture of these trees with the moss on them.  It’s art to me.”  She replied that it was good that I saw it as art.  Then she mentioned that in the past, she had seen a buck in the area and thought I had seen it.  By the way, the photo of the buck above is probably the one she was looking for, which Tony, I, and several more people did see a little further down the loop.  That’s when I got several pictures of him.  I don’t know whether or not she got to see him though.  I sure hope so!

WATER 3All in all, we had one of the best vacations we’ve ever experienced, and we did not even have to spend a lot of money!  And now that gasoline is so cheap, this is an excellent time to go on a road trip.  We left home Wednesday morning about 7:15, arrived in Cherokee, NC around 11:30 a.m., spent some time there, and then drove approximately the hour and a half to two hours it takes to get from there to Cades Cove.  After spending the remainder of the day there, we headed back home around 5:00 p.m. and arrived home before 9:30 p.m. the same day!

Most all of these pictures plus lots more have been added to my Nature’s Finest website.  Also, I have some awesome news about my photo prints which are available for sale there.  You can now order your prints wall- or frame-ready if you like.  This is a great option for those of you who don’t want the hassle of having to do them yourself.  Isn’t that great!!!  I also hope to soon have some pictures of samples to show you of the various types of prints you can get.  However, in the meantime, below are some pictures I just got in the mail today.  These are my first prints for sale.  The tree and leaf patterns belong to a very dear friend of mine.  The hydrangea, I  got as a sample to frame and show off to potential customers.  Don’t they look awesome!!!  Now, just imagine them or any of my other photos in your own or customized frames and various prints such as metal, canvas, and acrylic!




Have an awesome day!  As always, this is from my heart ❤ to yours <3!

Maxine 🙂



UNEXPECTED BEAUTY I probably shot this little fellow 20 times today from 20 different angles.  Of all of them, this one unexpectedly turned out to be my favorite–and to think, I almost deleted it because initially, I wasn’t impressed.  I’m still amazed at how often we find beauty in the most unexpected places.

Of course, I had to add it to my Nature’s Finest collection :).

From my heart ❤ to yours <3!

Maxine 🙂



RAINDROPSThis little, moist beauty was just added to my Nature’s Finest collection.

From my heart ❤ to yours <3!

Maxine 🙂



BURNING BUSH 3Here are some more pictures from my photo excursion yesterday.  These, too, were taken not far from where my mama lives.

When I initially saw these, they appeared so red that they looked as though they were on fire.  Well, not really, but I think you’ll get my point.  Because the color is so bright and vibrant, I decided to give them the name The Burning Bush taken from the Bible at Exodus 3:2 when God spoke to Moses through a burning bush.

I have also added these and several more shots of these brilliantly-colored bushes to my Nature’s Finest website for purchase.  I would greatly appreciate it if you would take a browse.

As always, this is from my heart ❤ to yours <3!

Maxine 🙂


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HYDRANGEA 5 (NF)Hello, everyone!  I’m happy to announce that my Nature’s Finest photograph prints are now available for sale via my Nature’s Finest website.  For more details, please click here.

As always, this is from my heart ❤ to yours <3!

Maxine 🙂