On a recent trip to Western North Carolina I was fortunate to be at the right place at the right time, and was rewarded by some nice photos. I am called back to the high Carolina mountains over and over again. When I find a train headed my way, not expecting it at all, my “joy meter” peaks. Here’s what I saw that day.
Some photographers say that “lighting” is key to making a photo special. This one and the one below proves that, to me at least. Made these at Western North Carolina’s Nantahala Outdoor Center near Bryson City. These rapids are a small part of the Olympic-level kayak and canoe training and championship event site.
And then there’s the bottom-feeding duck. Funny watching him bob up and down.
Per North Carolina Historical Marker online research: “The Wright Tavern is a landmark in Rockingham County that has successfully been restored to its nineteenth century condition. Construction on the inn commenced around 1810. The building remained in the Wright-Reid family until it was sold to the Rockingham County Historical Society in 1967. “I’ve visited the site several times, and each time I do I see more than I’d seen before.
I like to “get close” after making an overview photo, and by so doing I’ve been transported back in time. I especially liked the open “walk through” area between adjacent living areas, with the old stairway to the second floor..
Details of the historic structure, and out-buildings made me smile. I’m even more pleased when I see the results of volunteers and others renovating rare buildings such as Wright Tavern, and by doing that they bring great credit to the locality involved.
The Nantahala River flowing through the Nantahala National Forest in Western North Carolina is home to the Nantahala Outdoor Center.The 500-acre adventure center offers (among many other activities) kayaking, canoeing and whitewater rafting. In sum, it’s a great place to visit. In my day, I spent many hours kayaking and canoeing but never on river rapids such as this. Now, I enjoy it through my camera lens and images thus created. When the river water is high, as it was recently during my visit, the rushing river waters create spectacular views. Enjoy what I saw.
When I wander around the Virginia-North Carolina region in which I live, I’m drawn to the numerous small, rural towns nearby. These places contain a wealth of photo compositions, most probably unseen by those who don’t walk around like I do, looking for something different. It’s easy to make photos of popular attractions or scenic views. It’s harder to make photos of things that tend to blend in to the surrounding area. Like, why would anyone want to make a photo of this?
Or how about these two compositions? I saw them and jumped with joy.
To end this post, I offer the following images which prove my point. There are many, many interesting sights out there, folks, if you’ll just take time to find and “see” them.
I’m fortunate to live in the foothills of the scenic Appalachian Mountains … Virginia and North Carolina variety. For this photo presentation I took two original color images I made last month and processed each to give them an “antique” look, as if I was looking at an old film photo taken long ago. As I travel about this region I always look for signs from the past. Such as the railroad line above, and even more so the cabin located on a stream bank below. That photo depicts the true character of the mountains I love to experience.
Each of these images were made using my iPhone 7Plus camera. My photo life has changed significantly since I got this wonderful device, mostly because I always have a superb camera with me while walking around our SW Virginia neighborhood. This month and the last has seen much warmer than normal temperatures and that’s caused many Spring flowers to bloom quicker than I’ve seen in years. I made these photos this week and I’m glad I did. Why? Well, it’s predicted to get much colder, with freezing weather, possibly with some wet snow. Mother Nature always seems to even things out. The lesson learned is to take advantage of good weather when it comes. Happy Spring to all!
I was lucky enough to be able to drive along the Blue Ridge parkway in Western North Carolina recently, when darks, spotty clouds opened a bit for the sun to shine down on the rugged 5000 feet plus terrain below. It’s hard to capture digitally what I saw that day, but I gave it a try. Here’s more.
When I bought this Weeping Pussy Willow tree as a present for my wife on her birthday last May, it was essentially bare limbs. but with promise to leaf out nicely. When I planted it in our back yard near the house I had no idea what it might look like later, but was quickly rewarded with lots of green leaves and long thin hanging limbs which grew so fast I had to prune them often to keep them off the ground. It was in sum a nice looking tree through the summer. About two weeks ago I began to see fuzzy looking, bright white buds slowly open that give this interesting and fast growing tree its name. As this unfolded before my eyes I deemed it appropriate to make some close up photos.