Skywatch Friday

A Waterfall along the Upper Tremont Road in the Smoky Mountains

Good-day, kittens & dawgs! You may remember my absence in a couple of Fridays ago. I played hooky in cyberspace in favor of spending it in God’s beautiful world. It was an absolute gorgeous sunny, spring-like day. To set things right, I’m sharing this photo with the SWF team!

Waterfall along Upper Tremont Road in the Smoky Mountains
Waterfall along Upper Tremont Road in the Smoky Mountains

Mid-week, I shared Falls and Fallen Logs where I posted a snippet of the above waterfalls. Just imagine you’re looking off the left side of the photo and that’s where the first image from Wednesday fits into this scene. 😀

Do you remember the fallen log with the fungus photos? Also from Wednesday. I was standing beside the fallen log and shot this image from across the road. Naturally, the sun flare got my attention, which meant I had to capture the moment.

Upper Tremont Rd in Smoky Mountains
Sun flare over a small mountain stream

The last image I want to show you is how the trees appear to grow straight out of the rock on the side of the mountain. This isn’t the first time I’ve seen this sort of thing in the mountains, but it still blow my mind! How do they do that?!

Upper Tremont Rd in the Smoky Mountains trees growing out of rocks beautiful sun flare
This was awful conditions for shooting. The rocks were in the shadow and the sun was shining bright. All I could do is my best; while it isn’t the best I kinda liked how it turned out. The overexposure didn’t wash out the sky too badly and it gave the image a misty sort of look, don’t you think? The sun flare adds a nice touch even though it’s a bit too close to the edge.

 

Technically, it’s still winter. However these pockets of spring-like conditions inspired my photo-art contribution for s-A(R)T-urday.

iPhone capture using DistressedFX app with Wren effect for background layer. After uploading image to computer, I opened in Pixelmator to add the vintage children swinging silhouette (free resource from web, here.) as a new layer and applied Freesia Vintage effect. Finally, I added copyright info to lower right corner and the Charles Dickson's March inspired quote.
iPhone capture using DistressedFX app with Wren effect for background layer. After uploading image to computer, I opened in Pixelmator to add the vintage children swinging silhouette (free resource from web, here.) as a new layer and applied Freesia Vintage effect. Finally, I added copyright info to lower right corner and the Charles Dickson’s March inspired quote.

~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…

  • unexpected bad news with a good ending. A family member told us he had prostate surgery after being diagnosed with cancer. His follow-up revealed no cancer. God is awesome!
  • dietary supplements. I began including digestive enzymes after meals for little more than week and so far I’ve had positive results.
  • a brand new month. It’s not spring yet, but I can see the light at the end of this cold, gray wintry tunnel.

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 for Monday’s Music Moves Me. Until next time, have a fototastic weekend!

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I born and raised in the Appalachian mountains of southern WV. I was a child bride when I married my high school sweetheart in 1979. We moved to Knoxville, TN to begin our life. Determined to prove nay-Sayers from our community wrong, I completed my education and went on to earn an A.S. in computer programming. From 1983-1987, I worked as a computer system’s manager. That’s a glorified title for someone who trouble shoots and maintains system back-ups. After the birth of our first child in 1988, I took early retirement. What have I been doing for the last 25+ years? I am proud to say, I am a SAHM and for most of those years I home-schooled our three children from K-12. Now, the nest is empty.

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