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Gnarled tree #WW

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I used Pixelmator to apply the Pointilize effect to my photo. In my opinion, it transformed the ordinary into something more special.

This is might be my favorite tree on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s gnarled trunk and branches are interesting. Under foggy conditions it would be so awesome to capture the twisty image of a creepy ole tree, don’t you think? I will be on the look out for such an opportunity and like I’ve told you before fog is a common occurrence on the parkway.




It’s interesting to note that the blockbuster film The Hunger Games was primarily filmed in North Carolina, a little-known fact I picked up recently when researching another well-known movie filmed in the western Appalachian mountains of The Tar Heel State. I admit I never had an interest in watching these movies until The Hunger Games: Catching Fire appeared on Netflix and half-way through I stopped so I can start with the first film (it’s not on Netflix) with DH.

Thanks for stopping by and have a fototastic day! 😉

Have a fototastic day! ~image borrowed~



Rhododendron in bloom on the BPW #WW


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The rhododendron was at their peak in the lower elevations of the Blue Ridge Parkway when we were there at the end of May. We had hoped to return, since this time but DH’s work schedule has not permitted us to do that.

Interestingly, I noticed last month our neighbors’ rhododendrons looked gorgeous. I didn’t think they would do well in our area, but they looked really nice. I think I want to plant some on the bank in our back yard, so I can say I’d like to wake up in the morning where the rhododendron grow



Who knew there was a song about rhododendron? Not me! And the lyrics even mention my home state, West Virginia. Isn’t that cool? The whole thought of growing rhododendron in our backyard is for the privacy these dense plants offer but it would be a glorious sight to see from my kitchen window to see their beautiful blooms each morning.

Thanks for stopping by and have a fototastic day! 😉


Have a fototastic day!



I’m no Blundering Idiot, says me! #AtoZRoadTrip

Howdy, kittens & dawgs! How’s the #AtoZ Road Trip going for you guys? I’m keeping a list of the folks I visit until I cross everyone off and if I find someone I personal connect with then I created (not published yet) a special blog page to pin their URL as a reminder for me while encouraging others to visit them, too. I didn’t make a lot of progress last week, but I did do a little hopping.

I’m using this opportunity to visit new bloggers and revisit others while utilizing the alphabet prompt again for my weekly inspiration.



I’m no Blundering Idiot (depending on who you ask), says me! I didn’t need a map, globe, or GPS to get us to one of our favorite destinations…the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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In early April we took a day trip to the mountains. We wanted to visit Mt Mitchell State Park (the highest peak east of the Mississippi River). It’s not officially apart of the BRP, but in my mind it’s the same. I snapped this photo from the parking lot of the restaurant below the summit parking area. The climate is similar to central…or is it southern? Canada (I can’t remember) and it’s often a lot cooler there than nearby Asheville, North Carolina.

On this day the wind was super strong. I mean it was STRONG! I can’t stand up…gotta lean into it so to not fall over strong AND it took my breath away, as in I had trouble breathing NOT that this is awesomeness. Although, it was sorta amazing fun. The temp was about 39º (meanwhile in Asheville it was in the low 60s) according to our car’s thermometer, but THAT wind sent the chill straight to the bone.


What a coincidence B is for Berlin and this song title totally fits! 😀

We are looking across the Appalachian Mountains from the Mt Mitchell’s observation tower (elevation 6684′) on May 1st.  Geez, I can’t believe it’s the end of the month is already!  Anyhow, it was a gorgeous day with plenty of sunshine.

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It was windy, but not hurricane strength, like I mentioned in the previous photo shoot, and the temperature tolerable for short sleeves, but do you see what lies beneath the evergreens in the shadows? Yep, SNOW! That was a fun surprise. The weather is kinda unpredictable up there even this time of the year.

One more thing before I blow the doors off this barn. Netflix released a new original series (March). We watched the first episode, but got distracted. Last night, we picked up where we left off and really enjoyed the program. I invite you to check out Bloodline!


What sorta system do you have for with keeping track of bloggers visited on the Road Trip? Tag along with me, as I hit the open road with these cool cats!

#WW: An Autumn drive

Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday communities.  I captured this scene when I was taking a blogging hiatus in October….


An autumn drive along North Carolina side of the Blue Ridge Parkway

I can’t wait to see what you’re sharing today. Now, please let’s send a round of cheers to this week’s featured photographer. Congratulations to Patrick @Adventures in Weseland!

Adventures in Weseland


Show some blog love by visiting Patrick and don’t forget each week I use random.org to pick a new photographer. I would like to put your blog on display. To win a chance in the spotlight just link your favorite weekly photographic wonder below.


All link ups & commenters will get a visit from me. Until we meet again, have a foto-tastic day!

anime catsWould you like to participate in my Happy Birthday Club? If so, then simply send your name, blog URL, and birthday (month and day or complete birthdate – whatever you are comfortable with) to: curiousasacathy@gmail.com and I’ll be sure to list you on my special birthday post for that month

#SWF: Clouds in the valley

Whew, I didn’t EVER think this week would come to an end! I guess that’s what happens after one has been lazying around (not really) while taking a blogging break, eh? lol The truth is, I miss DH. We had a blast spending time together. He’s my best friend and I’m his BF. But, you’re not here to hear this drippy sappy stuff, huh? Instead you wanna check out my Skywatch Friday contribution! Continue reading

#WW Autumn splendor and surprise

Something came up, like getting time to spend with my DH for another week, so I won’t be in Blogosphere this week. . A few more days unplugged from the net will do this gal good.  You ought to try it!

Do you remember Price Lake on the Blue Ridge Parkway? While enjoying time with DH this month, I photographed it again. The fall foliage was more glorious than before! Here’s a picture from a different vantage point. One minute, I’m snapping away at this….

DSC_3973and just as I turned around to get in the car this is what I see. My husband shouting, “Shoot! Shoot, now!”

DSC_3977What a nice surprise! I’m not an action photographer. I think I was a little stunned, as a blend of excitement and panic set in. In rapid session I fired three or four shots. I was thinking, if I get one picture that isn’t blurry I’d be a happy girl (as it turned out I got two that weren’t bad), but the sense that griped me as we pulled away was the thrill of the experience. Now, that was a lot of fun!

Sending a round of applauds and cheers to this week’s featured photographer…

Sweet Tea N' Salty Air

Congratulations,  Lisa!  Now, please be a deer by showing some love by visiting her quaint blog home Sweet Tea N’ Salty Air and leave a sweet comment letting her know that I sent you over.

Let others know you’re in the spotlight by displaying…

Curious as a Cathy

Just a reminder, each week I use random.org to pick a new photographer. I would like the opportunity to put your blog on display. To win a chance in the spotlight, then join the linky party below with your photographic wonder URL.

Thank you for making me apart of your day.Today’s photos are a contribution on several of these fine Wordless Wednesday communities.   Please leave your comments footprints so that I know you came and I will hop over to your place soon. Have a foto-tastic day!

#SWF: One foggy morning

In case you missed the news, I’m taking a wee break this month. I scheduled my photo posts ahead with the anticipation that you would stop by. Today’s Skywatch Friday contribution is a foggy morning at Moses Cone Manor….

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This past June, I shot this old house in color, but the ambiances demands the full affect of B&W for Halloween, don’t you agree? Do you sense the eeriness now?!

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

Let me say, Thank you for making me apart of your day and although, I’m unplugged I will return visits to anyone who leaves a comment.  Until we meet on the other side of the lens next, have a fototastic day!