Smoky Skies

The epitome of the Smokies and the Blue Ridge Mountains – hazy mountain tops and blah skies.  This region definitely has it’s spectacular sunsets, for sure, but more often than not the volatile summer weather patterns and valleys yield a foggy mess for us photogs. While curating and editing pictures from this trip, my inclination […]

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Generations

Like generational families, waterfalls put front and center the harmony of youthful vibrance surrounded by the wisdom of the aged.  Each  is beautiful in its own right, but their coexistence is pure and  elegant.

Eastatoe Falls – Brevard, NC

Thanks to my best bud Carl, I had a wonderful weekend packed with western North Carolina goodness!  It was a confluence of friendship, hiking, camping, and photography, all of which exemplify and reinforced to me God’s blessings of nature.  I often take for granted how much each means to me, not to mention their relatively easy […]

Reclamation and Restoration

During Kathy’s and my week long venturings through western North Carolina, we stumbled into a 75-year old picker’s property.  Only in the south could one be driving through the most rural of areas taking in the autumn beauty one minute, and then a local resident invite us into his home after having only met us with […]

Roaring Fork Falls – Pisgah National Forest, NC

Roaring Fork is easily accessible.  A short, peaceful half mile walk along an old road bed to the falls capped off a relaxing and scenic day for Kathy and me.  Autumn colors were mostly gone, and is often the case in this region, the falls were surrounded by Rhododendrons (evergreen).  So in the end, I felt B&W […]

Self Portrait

Taken near Roaring Fork Falls in the Pisgah National Forest, NC.

Western North Carolina Color #3 – Abstracts

Autumn abstracts of Aspen Trees are often very beautiful, and each is unique in it’s own right.  I’ve always wanted to do something similar with the southeastern autumn color-scape.  I hope you enjoy my attempt.

Western North Carolina Color #2 – Structures

This area of the Blue Ridge Mountains is replete with the beauty of decay … old barns, houses, and “Americana” at almost every hidden corner.  Per my previous post, leaf colors were unpredictable and  “hit and miss” (mostly “miss”, here).

Western North Carolina Color #1 – Countryside

Kathy and I recently enjoyed a relaxing week in and around the Asheville/Burnsville area.  Both of us were fighting sinus and respiratory infections, so our exploration was limited to the “drive by” approach rather than hiking like planned.  We still made the most of it and enjoyed each moment and mile.  Special thanks to our […]

Blue Ridge Parkway – Craggy Gardens Overlook

Today I returned from a relaxing weekend with my best friend Carl.  He moved north of Asheville, NC only a few weeks ago, so it was great to see his now home and experience a weekend of true mountain life.  He lives only miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, so we did our fair share […]

Lake with a View – GTNP

“The lake and the mountains have become my landscape, my real world.”  ~Georges Simenon I admit, mountains appeal to me much more than lakes.  The combo, however, is hard to argue with.  

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Rabbitbrush Near Gros Ventre – GTNP

The skies in Grand Teton National Park change by the minute, and they often produce sunrise and sunset spectaculars day-in and day-out.  But, one of the other reasons I love this park, photographically speaking, is the breadth of textures from valley to summit.  The rabbitbrush covers much of the floor through the main valley area, and […]

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