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Little Switzerland, North Carolina

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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.

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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

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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!

#WW Late October Colors

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I snapped this photo late October on the North Carolina side of the Smoky’s at Collins Creek Picnic area. The colors weren’t quite a vibrant as I would like, but with the exposure lowered it turned out ok. The important thing is, it was a gorgeous day and I was having fun.

 

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This is on the BRP heading toward Mt. Mitchell State Park. The body of water in the background is the Asheville Water Reservoir. There are no turn offs and pulling off the road in this area is not permitted. I took a quick shot out my window with my camera held up in the air. I just guessed at the exposure. It’s too underexposed, but I love the sun flare.

 

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This shot is taken in the Smoky Mountains. We were near the top of the mountain. This is on the North Carolina of the park. The colors looked nice and was the best we saw on this trip for late October. Obviously, the autumn show was running behind schedule just a bit. No complaints, though. It was an outstanding day!



I’m running a wee bit behind schedule today, but I appreciate your visit VERY much and I will hop over to your place soon. I hope you’ll visit a few of my favorite linky parties, here!

 

Have a fototastic day!

 

#WW Mabry Mill

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Mabry Mill approx. mile marker 175 on the Virginia section of the Blue Ridge Parkway. This is very photographic site along the parkway and one place I’d love to return this fall when the colors are at peak.

On Friday, I mentioned the colors are beginning in the Smoky Mountains, but we have yet to see the autumn’s blazing coat across the landscape. Timing is critical in capturing fall at its best. This isn’t one of those instances “fall at its best“, but I snapped the below photo about the same time as this last year in the western mountains of North Carolina along the Cullasaja Gorge. It still makes a lovely picture, though.

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What is your favorite place to photograph when fall is at its best?



Thanks for joining the fun. I hope you’ll decide to visit a few of my favorite #WW shutterbugs link ups! Have a fototastic day!

 

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#WW Mountain View

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Taken last fall, with my big girl camera, along the North Carolina side of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Hello kittens and dawgs! I’m thrilled October is here. The weather is cooling off, which I’m totally digging, and I’m looking forward to the changes in the mountains.

We aren’t seeing foliage like this yet, so thankfully archived photos work out beautifully to get you in the mood. For now, I want to share another mountain view captured while on a long day trip this summer.

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This is a panoramic shot, with my iPhone 5s, south of Roanoke, Virginia on the Blue Ridge Parkway of Cahas Mountain ~ very peaceful spot.

It won’t be long before we’ll can enjoy mountains of red, orange, and yellow again. Don’t forget to link up!


I’m kicking out of my blog break mode and going full throttle with my regular posting routine or at least this is my plan. DH continues to job hunt with local nibbles few and far between, but patience is a virtue and for now we can wait just a bit before panic is necessary. lol

Thanks being patient with me and for making me apart of your day. I hope you’ll decide to visit a few of my favorite #WW shutterbugs link ups!

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