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Linville Falls Picnic Area #BlueRidgeNPS #WW

Hello, Kittens and Dawgs! I’m feeling happy and blessed these days. We got some good news yesterday. I’m not ready to share that just yet but maybe on Friday I can fill y’all in.  I can’t believe the splendor of autumn is passed us; most of the leaves have fallen off and the trees stand bare. November is pushing past me like a blur. Here’s another peek from our October trip to the parkway. It was such a beautiful day!


What have you been photographing lately? Do you prefer to take landscape or people shots?

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you’ll Join me for some laughs with Friday Sillies and get another peek through the lens with Skywatch Friday while enjoying Friendly Fill-ins, Celebrate the Small Things, and more Friday social media fun. Have a fototastic day!




Grandfather’s Mountain from #BlueRidgeNPS

Welcome, Kittens & Dawgs! I’m glad to see you today. This week has been a bit hectic and stressful with the presidential election. I felt it my duty to do the whole social media thing to help the undecided voter or swaying the opposition to jump ship for the “MAGA” candidate.  We crawled beneath the sheets exhausted but happy around 3:30am this morning; watching the race to the White House.

Now it’s time to have a little fun. I’m sharing another peek from our trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway from last month. The mountain in the background is Grandfather’s Mountain in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.


I love how the fall foliage frames this shot and drawing your eyes to the bald cliffs of Grandfather’s Mountain. We have not been there but I’d love to go. It requires an entrance fee. It’s sort of expensive. Hopefully, we’ll get a chance to go sometime in the near future after DH gets a job. 🙂

How are the views through the lens where you are? Would you care to share them and link up?


Come back for another look through my lens for Skywatch Friday and more Friday fun stuff. 😉 Have a fototastic day!






Fingers of God and elk sighting #WW

Good morning, kittens and dawgs. I’m happy you decided to join this week’s not-so Wordless Wednesday! dsc_6986

I took this photo from the Blue Ridge Parkway. We had just left Water Rock Knob heading south toward Cherokee, North Carolina when we noticed the beautiful fingers of God shining through the clouds. I love how the Jerusalem Artichoke flowers (I think that’s what they are) frame the bottom.

It’s mid-September and before long we will see autumn changes but I can’t wait so I photo edited the next image because it really needs a fall touch.



Using Affinity Photo, I applied the basic techniques found at this site.

Elk sightings scream autumn and September is a good time to spot them. We were fortunate to see these beautiful creatures in the big field near the North Carolina Smoky Mountains Visitors Center in Cherokee the weekend we went to watch for shooting stars.

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I’m making headway on repairing broken links and videos, but it’s not getting done fast enough to suit me. Next week, I’m thinking about stepping away for just a bit to try to get this job done.  Today’s photo contribution for (not-so) Wordless Wednesday I plan to share with photo enthusiasts from around the globe participating in Skywatch Friday.




Photo-editing Water Rock Knob image #WW

Welcome Kittens & Dawgs to this week’s edition of not-so Wordless Wednesday. I’m once again photo-editing an archived photo. Today’s featured image is from Water Rock Knob Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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This is the original image, no photo-editing except for adding my copyright info. Nice, but ordinary, wouldn’t you agree?

I used two programs creating different images with the above picture. You decide which you like the best.

DSC_4866 Water Rock Knob(Afinity)

In Affinity Photo using the Haze Removal tool I adjusted the distance, strength, and exposure correction making the sky more interesting.

DSC_4866 Water Rock Knob (pixelmator)

In Pixelmator from the Color Adjustments part of the program, I selected “Curves”, then “RGB” setting pulled line to lower right side achieving desired look – silhouettes and dramatic sky.

One of these days, I need to actually do a tutorial to learn more about these features. There is so much more I can do, if I just learn. *sigh* Oh well, I like the feel of these new images. The sky looks a lot more interesting in both pictures over the original.  A few tweaks here and there can really change the mood of a photo, can’t it?

Suzanne from McClendon Villa asked if she could photo-edit a couple of my images and I said, “Why sure!” So here’s are her creations.


You can see my original image, here, that Suzanne used to create this new picture. Incidentally, I took a few new pictures of King Kong over the weekend with my big girl camera. I will try to share those soon.

The below image she used Topaz filters in her photo-editing software, but I can’t remember which one she has now. *slap forehead* If you like what she’s done then please hop over to see her and beg her to tell you her secrets. 😀


You can find the original and my photo-edits of this image, here.

You did a great job, Suzie-Q and I really appreciate you sharing these with me!

In case you missed the mews I’m working on my site, repairing broken links and videos while summer blog traffic is slow. What this means is I’m minimizing my content by combining posts that are very similar such as (Not-so) Wordless Wednesday and Skywatch Friday.

You can find more photo hops listed under Daily Hops at the top of this page.

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Be sure to join me for Friday Sillies and more Friday fun! Have a fototastic day!

SWF: Sunset view from Water Rock Knob

Good-morning, kittens and dawgs! A week ago this past Monday, we took a spontaneous trip to the mountains with the hopes of seeing Mars at its closer than usual position above the earth. Not nearly as close as it was a few years ago, but apparently it was worthy enough for the news to run a piece on it. Unfortunately, my night photos did not turn out well, but I did a fantastic sunset shot.


North of Cherokee, North Carolina about 45-minutes along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Sunset from Water Rock Knob overlook.

I’m not going to lie to you folks, I tweaked this picture a bit. Here, I’ll let you see the original.

DSC_6552originalThis isn’t a bad photo. The exposure is off just a bit. Thankfully, photo-editing makes it easy peasy to fix your image to your liking. In the first image, I used Pixelmator to apply the healing brush to remove the hot white spot in the sunset and increased the color saturation.

It surprised us to see a gathering of folks at Water Rock Knob on a week night, but with a few small nearby towns then no doubt this an excellent afternoon R&R destination spot.

Just before getting on the parkway in Cherokee, we got dinner to-go from Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) and it was great fun to sit in the car enjoying our meal with such a magnificent view stretched before our eyes. You just can’t get this kind of atmosphere in a restaurant.  After we ate, we began snapping pictures. Me with my big girl camera and DH with his iPhone. I love that we like photographing together! This has been a shared hobby of ours for 20+ years.

About 10pm, we decided to head across the Smoky’s. The peak for Mars closeness to earth was shortly after midnight, so we figured we could get another glimpse of the Red Planet one more time from there before going home.

At first I thought I didn’t want to share any of my Mars pictures with you and then I thought why not? So, I found one that is passable. In the below picture, you’ll see that I labeled Mars, as well as Saturn in the night sky. I only know this because I used my iPhone app Sky Safari to see what else I might want to know what I’m looking at.

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Captured at Newfound Gap in the Smoky Mountains with my 55mm-300mm lens.

The evening was well spent in our favorite, most beautiful place! What more could a gal ask for? Ah, a million dollars? Nah, not that I’d turn it down or anything, but I’d settle for a nice job for DH in town. 😀

I’m sharing my photos with the International Shutterbug Association (Yep, I just came up with that one. I wonder, if anyone else has thought of this before?) and if you want to see what the sky view is like elsewhere, then I  hop over to Skywatch Friday!

~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…

  • the adventures behind my photo shots.
  • sharing the same hobby with my best friend and husband.
  • cool mountain temperatures and a beautiful evening.
  • the amazing mysterious universe. Are we alone? Probably. But, it’s fun to think we aren’t.

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 on Monday for Mewsic Moves Me. Until next time, have a fototastic weekend!

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!

SWF: Clear Skies over Moses Cone Manor

Hello, kittens & dawgs! There were times in April we managed to slip away for the day. Our travels usually took us to the mountains. This day was no exception. We traveled to Boone, North Carolina to get on the Blue Ridge Parkway from that point. Traffic was light on the parkway, so we decided to take a peak at Moses Cone Manor. It’s normally a nut-house, but not on this day.

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Moses Cone Manor on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Sharing this image with the SWF enthusiasts around the world!

A few years ago, I shared shots taken at Moses Cone Manor. It was different kind of day ~ mysterious and moody with the elements. If you’re interested, then check it out, here.

We enjoyed a lovely walk around the property talking about what an impressive place this must have been in its time. It surprised me to learn that the Moses Cone Manor estate sits on 3000 acres. WOW!

~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…

baking a new-to-me cake from scratch a Cherry Almond cake for DD#2’s birthday (she’ll be 26 tomorrow). It turned out pretty darn good for my first attempt and it’s pretty.

drawing free-handed an adorable kitten (inspired by drawing found on Pinterest) to use on DD#2’s birthday card.Nikki 26th bday card IMG_5015my achy back problem (non-injury related) is finally easing up, making life more manageable again. Phew!

the nasty fever blisters appearing early last week are not so tender now. Still awful to look at, but my top lip is healing.

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 tomorrow for Saturday Songsuasion & Sillies. Until next time, have a fototastic weekend!