Friday, October 17, 2014

Fall Color - Graveyard Fields off the Blue Ridge Parkway

These were taken last week just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.  It is past peak color there now.  Last year I didn't make it for the peak so i was excited to see the rich colors.  This area is at 5000 feet elevation.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival - 2014

 During the last weekend of August the town of Asheville holds this event mainly for the locals to relax and have fun after the tourist season is over.  There are bands, food trucks, microbrewery beer vendors, artists and lots of fun things to do and watch.  Attendees are encouraged to dress in fun colorful clothing.

Watching the action form above

Food trucks lined up in a circle

Bubble blowers

Hula hoopers

And music

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Seven Sisters

Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain with the Seven Sisters range in the background.

The Seven Sisters are a locally well-known, much-beloved range above Montreat and Black Mountain, N.C. The range is only about three and a half miles long, encompassing seven neatly ascending “sisters” leading to their “father,” Graybeard Mountain. Four of the sisters are presently on Summitpost.

The range is a delight to traverse from one end to the other. A marked trail, the West Ridge Trail, runs from the second sister to Graybeard. (from hiking site

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Before I Die Project - Asheville

 This wall is on Biltmore Ave in Asheville near Doc Chey's.  If you are not familiar with the project here is some background.

"After losing someone she loved, artist Candy Chang painted the side of an abandoned house in her neighborhood in New Orleans with chalkboard paint and a stenciled sentence, "Before I die I want to _____.!  Within a day of the wall's completion, it was covered in colorful chalk dreams as neighbors stopped and reflected on their lives.  Since then, more than 500 Before I Die walls have been created in over 65 countries and over 30 languages by passionate people all over the world."

To read more about this project or see more walls visit Before I Die.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tailgate Market

 Every Wednesday the local organic farmers, bakers and assorted food creators set up a marketplace next to the French Broad Food Co-op downtown Asheville.  You can find local produce, freshly baked bread, honey, flowers, bagels, goat milk soap and so much more.

One baker has his own wood fired oven with him and bakes all day long for the market - talk about freshly baked!

Of course there is always music to enjoy like these tow guys who were having a great time. 

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Lovely Visitor

After a cool night a few weeks back I found this lovely Lunar Moth resting on the gravel driveway.  I moved her to a safer spot and as soon as the sun warmed her up she flew off.

Sorry I have been neglecting this blog.  I still take many photos but have also gotten involved with an online photo group and moved this blog to Facebook - follow along  by LIKING the page in the sidebar.  Hope everyone is doing well and looking forward to seeing more of you. 

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Asheville's Many Modes of Transportation

Sorry I have been neglecting this blog - been taking lots of shots but Blogger is so slow when it comes to downloading photos!  These shots are from downtown Asheville - so many ways to get around besides car and foot!

They have added a horse and carriage ride, A bike version of the rickshaw and then the Pubcycle where you pedal while imbibing the latest micro brews!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Happy Mardi Gras!

 Asheville had its Mardi Gras parade on Sunday March 2 this year.  It was a lovely day int he 60s which made it nice for viewing and for being in it.  The theme was "Where the Wild Things Are" - a fun one.

"Laissez les bons temps rouler!"

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

February Snow - 2/12/14

Sherrill's Inn on Rte 74A
We got hammered  with snow - more than we had in a long time.  Monday we got an unexpected 2" of heavy wet snow.  We took a drive when the roads were clear to get supplies before the next storm arrived.  The snow was still stick to the trees and everything looked magical.  We drove on 74A over the ridge to Gerton and  down the other side, up 9 to Montreat,

Our car

 Then Wednesday the storm Pax hit leaving 9"! The county plowed our road on Thursday but we had to shovel the driveway ourselves.  It wasn't until Friday that we could get out and got to town.

Our driveway
Poor boxwood crushed under the snow
I hope everyone is shoveled out and that spring will bring some sun and mild temps soon.  We will be 60 degrees today - whoot whoot!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Smoky Mountain Sunset

According to the Groundhog, we have 6 more weeks of winter.  Somehow, I am not surprised with the way things have been going.  The Middle and Northeast of US will be blasted with three snow storms in a row this week - luckily our area is only getting rain.

I caught this lovely sunset last week, with just enough clouds to make  it interesting. The top pic is a close up of the same sunset viewed from the Grove Park Inn.  Hope everyone is surviving the winter cold and snow!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Hickory Nut Falls

Hickory Nut Falls in Chimney Rock, NC
It has been a cold wintry month but the snow amount has stayed to a dusting here and there.  I could do without the single digit temps and below zero windchills tho!  Thankfully all our animals are warm and safe indoors.

If you have animals or know of neighbors who do, please make sure they are inside or in a shelter. They can get frostbite too or even die in this kind of cold if they are left outdoors.

Be safe and stay warm!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Wintry Weather

 We had a dusting of snow a few days ago and I got these shots in.  The frost if from our front door and the heart I drew on the hood of my husband's truck!  I liked how the snow glittered int eh sun.

Our rhododendron tells the temp with the leaves.  They curl up tighter as the temp falls below freezing.  With the cold front blowing thru today and tomorrow they will be pretty tight tendrils.  Be safe everyone in the line of the arctic blast.  Keep your animals indoors or in a warm wind proof shelter.


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