SWF: Bass Lake #BRinfo

Good-day, kittens and dawgs! The weekend is here and it’s a long one at that. Whoo-hoo! Let’s bridle our enthusiasm briefly…okay, that’s enough bridling! Really now, let’s get serious. Stop laughing! Okay, few weeks ago, I shared Clear Skies over Moses Cone Manor with you and today I’m taking you back for a peek at a beautifully tranquil lake situated not far from that Blue Ridge Mountains’ estate called Bass Lake.

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The Blue Ridge Parkway crosses Blowing Rock, North Carolina only minutes from Moses Cone Manor. There are two ways to reach the lake. One is from mansion’s ground along one of hiking trails. The path was too over grown to suit us, so after talking to a park ranger we learned the lake is accessible by car.  For your convenience and reference I captured a Google Map screen shot of the area.

Bass Lake Route

Just so you’ll have an idea from Moses Cone Manor to Bass Lake the drive time is less than 10-minutes.

Bass Lake is lovely, peaceful place. A walking trail circles the lake and although we didn’t take it I’m looking forward to doing so next time, as well as another chance to get more picture.

How are things shaping in your sky? What sorts of things captivated your shutterbug side?

~All images captured with my big girl camera ~ Nikon D7000 & preferred lens Nikkor 18-105mm zoom, unless otherwise noted.~

I’m sharing my photo-art with the SWF team.  Now, I’m joining Lexa in Celebrate the small things.

I’m celebrating…

  • all the fun DH and I had last week watching Three Billboards Production film a movie scene with Frances McDormand. You can check out my photo shot, here.
  • the many awesome brave and proud U.S. servicemen/women (living & deceased) for the sacrifice they made to keep America safe. Thank you and God bless!
  • after being reminded last week by Stephanie Faris of the gift of my eyesight to see our beautiful world. I can’t image living in a dark world or even a silent one like a deaf person.
  • DWTS contestant, Nyle DiMarco, a model/actor born deaf, won with his professional dance partner, Peta Murgatroyd (see video of one of their last dance performances).



What are you celebrating?

Join the party below!

Let’s begin celebrating with Friendship Friday and Friday Features linky parties where you’re sure to make new friends and get lots of inspiration!

That’s a wrap for now, but if you like music then I invite you to come back Monday for Mewsic Moves Me. Until next time, have a fototastic weekend!


Ebbing, Missouri #WW

.DSC_6396Welcome Kittens & Dawgs! Last week, DH and I took a day trip to Ebbing, Missouri. Don’t forget to click on the images for an awesome viewing experience.


This quaint town isn’t new to us. We’ve been there many times in the past. I know what you’re thinking, “But, Cath you’re in east Tennessee and Missouri is several hours off”. So, why were we in Ebbing, Missouri?


The truth is, we weren’t in Ebbing, Missouri. In fact, Ebbing isn’t a real place.

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We were really in the western North Carolina mountains community of Sylva (hometown to Mountain Faith Band ~AGT contestants). You may recall my mentioning visiting there and if not here’s a brain jogger, its next door to Dillsboro, the town that lines its streets with luminaries at Christmas. Here are three related posts ( 1, 2, and 3) to satisfy your curiosity.


To the right you’ll see the so-called Ebbing billboard business, but if you enlarge the image you can make out Jackson County displayed on the courthouse at the end of the street.

The next questions running through your head about now is why does Sylvia, North Carolina have “Welcome to Ebbing Missouri” painted on the side of a building and why are do the business shingles read Ebbing?

Simple, Tinsel Town came to Sylvia to film a new movie starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes and Peter Dinklage.  Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri revolves around a mother, Mildred Hayes (McDormand), who loses confidence in the local police to solve the murder of her daughter and buys three billboards to publicly blast the EPD for their lack of action to find the real killer.

We were about 50 feet from the director and McDormand. It appears he’s telling her what’s he’s looking for in this scene.



McDormand’s character, Mildred Hayes, yells, “You’re going to *beep* die!”

She dropped an unflattering, inappropriate word in her line, which I didn’t care for at all, but it was exciting to watching all the same.


The director watches. Is it a take or not?

It’s good!


The director approaches McDormand to give her a high 5.

The crew is quick to act gathering their stuff and to move on to the next scene.


The crew members were friendly, telling us hello or smiling at us as they passed.

Unfortunately, that one was taking place across the street inside the fake EPD. 🙁


This was a really cool way to end another day trip in the western North Carolina mountains. Now, I invite you to link your WW post below.

This was a long post, I sure do appreciate you sticking it out with me.  I hope you come back for another peek through my lens with my newest addition of Skywatch Friday and get in on the Friday social media action. Have a fototastic day!

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mewsic moves me Monday music

60s R&B #music and the #BoTB results

I appreciate you dancing over to my place this Monday morning, kittens & dawgs. The weekend is over, but who says the fun has to end? Not me! Any time is a good time to celebrate, like celebrating my last BoTB showdown. Who won? Will the polls indicated that Junior Walker and the Allstars were definitely an all-star hit for round two of Battle of the Bands.  Here’s how that battle played out.



Congratulations to the winner and many thanks to y’all for casting your votes. Now it’s time to hit the dance floor. Today, I’m featuring the R&B sound of Junior Walker and the Allstars (JWTA)!

One of JWTA’s most successful recordings hit on both R&B and pop charts in 1969 with What Does It Take To Win Your Love written by Johnny Bristol, Harvey Fuqua, and Vernon Bullock landed in the top five of the Hot 100 list.


Covering The Guess Who’s #6 peak hit (May 1969) JWTA’s version reached #3 on the R&B Singles chart and #16 on Billboard POP Singles chart later that year in October with These Eyes.


One of Marvin Gaye’s best-selling classic hits How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) is another cover song of JWTA.


Junior Walker and the Allstars are a true classic R&B band from the 60s that seemed new-to-me at the time of my recent discovery. However, the first song in my line up this morning was like a flashback. I do remember JWTA. Do you want some more R&B sounds? If so, listen to Junior Walker and the Allstars The Ultimate Collection in the background while you merrily surf the web.


Did your favorite artist win in the last round of BoTB? What mewsic are you listening to lately? I’d love to know what songs are moving you, so please feel free to tell me in comments. 😉

This is a quick & painless way for others to find good tunes in Blogosphere by joining my no strings attached music hop, just add your music post URL below and wha-lah… instant traffic directed to your site. Clever, eh? I thought so.

Have a tunetastic week and be sure to join me for a Not-so Wordless Wednesday!

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Little Switzerland, North Carolina

Hello, kittens & dawgs! I’m so glad you included in your day. On Wednesday, I shared another look at Wiseman’s View. Well, that same we got on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Linville Falls; our destination Mount Mitchell, but that’s for another time. Today, I want to take you to community of Little Switzerland.


You can find lodging along the Blue Ridge Parkway at the beautiful, old-world charm of Little Switzerland Inn. Be sure to check out the link of this place. There are more pictures of the inn that you’ll like seeing.

We have visited the Little Switzerland Inn many times over the years, but never stayed there. I have this place on my Dream List for a wonderful relaxing weekend getaway someday. I can imagine sitting quietly in one of the Adirondack style rockers with a cup of coffee soaking up a gorgeous sunrise or sunset.

This is the view I would see…

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I’m sharing these views with the global community Skywatch Friday and I invite you to see what other photo enthusiasts are sharing today.

The clouds look a bit ominous with a gentle nippy wind caressing our skin. Soon after I snapped this picture the rain began falling softly on us scattering us to the car.

What view is in your camera’s eye? Do you like exploring new places?

~All images captured with my big girl camera ~ Nikon D7000 & preferred lens Nikkor 18-105mm zoom, unless otherwise noted.~

Now, I’m joining Lexa in Celebrate the small things.

I’m celebrating… life in general. The blessings of another day is a gift. I’m in good health except for allergies and we’re still living in a place we love that we truly enjoy. All these things are worth celebrating!

What are you celebrating?

Join the party below!

Let’s begin celebrating with Friendship Friday and Friday Features linky parties where you’re sure to make new friends and get lots of inspiration!

That’s a wrap for now, but come back Monday for Mewsic Moves Me and to see if your artist choice for my May 15th Battle of the Bands won. That means you still have time to vote! 😉 Have a fototastic weekend!


Another look at Wiseman’s View #WW

Welcome Kittens & Dawgs! It’s hump day and all around the internet people like me are happily sharing a featured photo or two with their readers.  The Friday before last, I shared a panorama shot, here, I took with my iPhone in the same area of today’s photo share. I want to show you Another look at Wiseman’s View.

Don’t forget to click on the images for a better viewing experience! 😉

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Wiseman's View Linville NC

This is sort of an off-the-beaten path. From the main highway, you drive about 4-5 miles on rough, gravelly road. If you have a low riding vehicle then be very careful! However, getting to the overlook from the parking lot is an easy  5-minute walk. The path is paved for anyone needing wheelchair access or for those who prefer to walk on even surfaces. I snapped both photos from the path before making our way to the observation point (in first photo) that juts over the mountain. If you’re afraid of heights, then don’t look down. That feeling totally creeps me out every time! The day was awesomely beautiful ~ blue skies, light breeze, and mild temperatures. We couldn’t have asked for a better day!

Do you have plans to be in the western North Carolina mountains? If so, consider including this in your travel plans.

Thank you for including me in your day and I invite you to link your WW post below.


Have a fototastic day!