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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Today's Flowers: Work and Vacation








I took the first shot on a work lunch break walk the week before I went on a vacation.

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I took the rest of the shots from the road on the way to and back from a trip to the southern end of the NC mountain range.

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I live in the central part of NC and we saw a lot of highway flowers.

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I didn't see any wildflowers during our hikes.

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I know the shot above isn't of flowers but it is as colorful as when trees have spring flowers.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

The Weekend in Black and White: Mountain Farm Museum







We walked past the Mountain Farm Museum on our way to the Oconaluftee River Trail.

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I think I like the shot equally in black and white and color.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

SkyWatch Friday: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - North Carolina side

I couldn't have ordered better weather for a vacation of driving and hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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There were interesting clouds and blue skies.

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Lots of different types of light to color the mountains.

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Next we have the sky and Bill patiently waiting for me.

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I looked through a zillion shots rather quickly to try to pick out ones specifically for the sky.

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I included the next shot because I love fog and most mornings we had fog which cleared after I had my fill of fog shots.

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The town in the shot above is Bryson City, NC which was the closest town to where we were staying.

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I liked the mix of fall foliage as well as evergreens.

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A carpet of leaves in the woods is one of my favorite things both for the sound and look.

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I also love contours in the mountains when clouds form their own shapes along the range.

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The next shot was when we drove on a back country dirt road through part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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The best part about the dirt roads was that we were almost the only people using them.

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It was worth it even though we were bouncing up and down pretty hard part of the time.

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I love the mix of colors this time of the year with the higher altitudes changing and dropping their leaves.

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There is still a fair amount of green at the lower altitudes.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Brief Blog Break

I'm taking a brief break from blogging (only a week or so) but I have taken so many shots this week, I thought I'd go ahead and post some mid October photos I took.

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We've had a lot of rain but most days it clears for part of the day.

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It's been windy which adds to the beauty when the boughs and flowers sway back and forth.

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Male cardinals are started to get the deeper red they tend to get in the fall and winter.

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Earlier this week there was one day where it literally stopped raining just long enough for me to walk during lunch.

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I had to protect my camera because when the wind blew the rain that had collected on the leaves was almost like a shower.

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I'm glad I have had a chance to photograph the flowers before they are all gone.

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I'll admit that raindrops on roses are one of my favorite things.

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Actually raindrops on elephant ears and almost any plant or flower that holds on to the liquid jewels are among my favorite things.

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