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Summertime Destinations

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It’s that time of year when people all across the country are planning for, or are departing on well deserved vacations. We just returned from a great trip to Northwest North Carolina, where we stopped along the way to take a look at one of the top places to see, Grandfather Mountain. The day we were there the top was closed due to thunderstorms and lightning; however, having been there several times before I pretty much knew knew what there was to see. But, as we were driving out of the parking lot I saw a part of the rugged mountain that I’d missed before. Here is that scene in all its beauty.

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Posted by on June 13, 2016 in Landscape

 

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Quiet Morning Lake

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Getting up early, as the sun rises, can often result in some nice photos, such as those I made recently while staying at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock, NC.

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Posted by on June 11, 2016 in Birds, Landscape

 

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North Carolina Highland Contrasts

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This beautiful scene made around 5000 feet in elevation recently is what I usually hope to find during my journey in and around the mountains of SW Virginia and NW North Carolina. However, when I find these same mountains in view right after thunderstorms have passed, leaving misty valleys, I believe they look better photographically in black and white. See for yourself.

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North Carolina High Country

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We are indeed fortunate to live very close to mountain country in SW Virginia and NW North Carolina. At this time of year there are spectacular views from high elevations, especially on days when the sky adds some drama to the scene. Photos made at Blowing Rock and Grandfather Mountain.

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Posted by on June 6, 2016 in Landscape

 

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Flowers on the Peak

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I visited Blowing Rock, NC recently with family; on a clear day, with puffy clouds, and was happy to find these pretty flowers standing out, just waiting for me and my camera.

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Posted by on June 3, 2016 in Landscape

 

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An Old Church on a Lake

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It was a dark and somewhat dreary day when I visited this old stone church on Lake Janaluska, NC. However, during processing of the images I made, I used some filters and other adjustments to make it look more interesting.

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Fishing on Memorial Day Weekend

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Many folks all across America visit beautiful lakes, rivers and streams during vacation weekends, such as Memorial Day. When they do, most will find fishing success from powered and non-powered watercraft. For me, a kayak would be perfect.

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Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Landscape, Photo Stories

 

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Into the Woods

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Last week I was in Maggie Valley, NC with my daughter and son-in-law looking at prospects for a new home in Western NC. After crossing this wonderful little stream, with dappled sunlight filtering through the trees above, they found their new home just waiting for them.

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I can’t think of a more inviting way to get to there than crossing that little stream. Beauty is all around us!

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2016 in Landscape

 

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Maggie Valley Day

I recently returned from a two-day visit to Maggie Valley, NC with our daughter and her husband, who are buying a mountain home there. Beautiful place there. I made some nice images that I want to share. The mountains of Virginia and North Carolina are my absolute favorite place to go. Thank you Lord!

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Posted by on May 22, 2016 in America's Past, Landscape

 

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Near the Water

When I made these two photos, I didn’t expect them to look like they were taken at a place far removed from where they were, Martinsville VA. In fact, I thought they looked a lot like many I’d made in Alaska. Dark, colorful and inviting. That’s one reason why I like photography so much.

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Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Landscape

 
 
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