Lake Junaluska, NC

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Lake Junaluska, NC is beautiful. Anytime of year, such as in the Fall with colorful scenery (above) or along the shoreline during the summer with blooming flowers all around (below).

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The lake is surrounded by mountains in Western North Carolina that rise upwards over 5000 feet. Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center surrounding the lake, first opened as a conference center of the Southeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church in 1913. The center is host to ministry events and concerts throughout the year and is open to the public for group retreats, weddings, reunions, family events and vacations.

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Spectacular Fall in 2016

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The last time I was sort of overwhelmed with the beauty of nature all around me for a short period of time was when my wife and I visited Alaska. Everywhere I looked I saw a great “keeper” photo. The same thing happened to me a week ago when I was in the high mountains of Western North Carolina. The colors this year were spectacular. My camera lens smiled, as did I.

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On Top of Mt. Mitchell, NC

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Mt. Mitchell,NC is, at 6684 ft, the highest peak east of the Mississippi River. I’ve always wanted to go on top; now in my mid-70s via car, but when I was younger perhaps via foot. So, recently with my son-in-law and two grandsons, we did just that, right when the 2016 Fall colors were perfect … for us. Beauty all around. Just wonderful. This, my friends, is why I love making photos!

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Some more from Martinsville

Martinsville, Virginia has some significant history associated with it. For example, it once was a central hub for America’s furniture and textile industry; Bassett, Stanley, Hooker, American and more. Today, manufacturing has moved on just as it has throughout the nation, sadly. However, what remains are many interesting sights to see and photograph. Recreational activities are thriving here now. Hiking, biking, water sports and much more. We love living here. Visit sometime if you will. In the meantime, enjoy these images.

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Moody Contrast

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There are times when I like to set my camera on back & white, and make images when there are distinct contrasts in light. When outside, I look for nice clouds. Images like these can portray various moods and feelings. Here are some examples I made recently while standing alongside the Dan River in Danville, Virginia.

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