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Thursday, October 20, 2011

SkyWatch Friday: Watching the Sky in the NC Mountains

I have returned from a vacation in Blowing Rock, NC with a zillion photos.

I live in central NC and we are slowly beginning to have fall foliage but the mountains north west of me are in the full fall swing.
We hopped in the car Sunday with beautiful blue skies for the drive all the way there.
The sunset behind the mountains was very beautiful that night.
It was fun watching the slow changes while the sun was going down for the night.
I love the way the mountains get darker and the sky more colorful at the end of the sunset.
Monday was gorgeous with blue skies and wispy clouds.
We headed out to Julian Price Memorial Park at the foot of Grandfather mountain which has 4,200 acres and the trail we walked on is part of the NC mountain to sea trail.
The NC mountain to sea trail will be 1,000 miles when completed so I won't be hiking from the mountains to the coast. North Carolina is only 560 miles long but the hiking trails don't go in a straight line.
At the higher elevations a lot of the leaves have already dropped but it was still very beautiful.
I like the way you can watch the progression of fall when driving west from where I live.
Our Monday hike was very tiring so it was great to have a reason to stop and take pictures.
There were quite a few trees that looked like they were dead.
There were also healthy trees that had already dropped their leaves.
Tuesday was just as beautiful as Monday.
The next shot was one I took at Bass Lake on Tuesday looking up at the Cone Manor house.
The reflections in the lake were so much fun to photograph.
I love the way the colorful leaves look against a blue sky.
Wispy clouds started streaming out across the sky.
By nightfall on Tuesday large clouds were moving in.
Wednesday was foggy and raining the whole way home but that kind of weather has its own beauty.
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Anonymous said...

Wow! What amazing countryside and lovely fall shots! Glorious skies too.

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful shots, thos\\e sky shots are amazing.

Cezar and Léia said...

Zillions of photos and a handful of delight for us! :)
God bless you!

Penelope Notes said...
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EG CameraGirl said...

I love the colourful leaves against the blue skies too. Wonderful photos and it sounds like you had a GREAT vacation!

Penelope Notes said...

Oh, Carver, I imagine you were in seventh heaven with all these great scenes to photograph. I love them all but am particularly fond of the autumn reflections in the lake and the misty impressions in your last two shots.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots of the place. The sunset is grand.

Pearl Maple said...

fabulolus collection of photos from a truly pretty part of the world, thanks for sharing with Sky Watch fans

Sylvia K said...

Gorgeous captures, Carver, as always! Love those flaming fall colors and the still, beautiful reflections on the water. What a terrific vacation!! Thanks for sharing the beauty with us! Enjoy your weekend!


Liz said...

I love all your shots! Happy sky watching.


Cafe au lait said...

Wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing!

Anna said...

Great shots and i love the autumn colours !
Happy SWF and greetings From Holland,

Photo Cache said...

you took a lot of wonderful autumn photos. i like the grass so much. what a delightful vacay that was.

My sky is here

Kay L. Davies said...

Some spectacular images that just took my breath away, Carver. Wonderful!

Kay, Alberta, Canada
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Jim said...

Sydney - City and Suburbs

Chubskulit Rose said...

Gorgeous captures!

Sky Watch at my page, please come and see. Have a nice weekend!

Karen said...

A great series of shots!

Trish ~ ♥ ~ said...

so you were out doing some leaf peeking! the change of color is so awesome

Kim, USA said...

These photos are gorgeous. Happy weekend!

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SandyCarlson said...

Your beautiful state stops me in my tracks. Your photos are beautiful. God bless, and thank you.

Ebie said...

I can't wait to see your zillion photos! I am enjoying the mixed scenery from fog to mist to blue skies and great colors!

Indrani said...

You have all kinds of pictures, colorful, grey, with water... it was a great visual treat. :)

Sivinden said...

Great collection of photos! Lovely skies and beautiful autumn colours.

forgetmenot said...

Wow, a never ending collection of beautiful Fall colors, perfect reflections, and gorgeous skies. Very nice. Mickie :)

Anonymous said...

Very beautiful fall collection, gorgeous and attractive views and horizons.

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