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….
and just as I turned around to get in the car this is what I see. My husband shouting, “Shoot! Shoot, now!”
What 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…
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.
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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!
Despite it raining all day, I didn’t allow those Monday blues to swallow me. Music always has a happy effect on me, and if you stopped by for the A-Z Challenge yesterday then you got a chance to boogie with me. What’s that? You missed out! No worries, there is always time to for a little one-on-one with me on the dance floor!
Tuesdays are my day to go random. I am a member of an élite group of bloggers who like to sit around in Blogosphere chatting over a cup of coffee. Oh, you belong to this group, too! That’s fabulous, then you know this morning, I am throwing together a montage of my life through photographs lately.
Good news! Motivation and moving is a paying off. In the past 3-weeks, I have lost 4-pounds. The scales read 113 yesterday. Yay, me!
I would love to shed two pounds this week, but as long as the number is dropping then I will happily take what I can get. 😉
How was your weekend? Ours was quite nice. In fact, the past two Saturdays we spent in the mountains.
deer grazing in the cool of the morning
Cades Cove is an isolated spot nestled in the Smoky Mountains, settled by Europeans in 1818 and families lived in the Cove up till the 1930s.
Snow on the mountains
The 11-mile loop road is one the most popular parts of the park for motor tourist and bicyclist to visit today.
Remnants of the past dot the valley ~ log cabins, churches, and graveyards. My FIL always referred to Cades Cove as a piece of heaven.
I think he’s right. I know the way of life in the cove was a hard one for those early pioneers. A way of life I am not accustomed to or want to know. However, I know they loved the surroundings ever bit as much as each person who passes through the valley and secretly I am sad they gave up their land for people like me to soak up.
It is not uncommon to see horses grazing in the field at the loop road entrance. The first Saturday, we saw plenty of deer and horses in this same spot, but none were close as this past weekend.
These two were curious to see what people were doing. I made a little small talk with the blonde beauty. I asked if she knew my friend Patrice’s horse Wendell from New Jersey and all I got was, “*Neigh*! Translated: my mother’s, cousin, sister, daughter’s son was a Wendell…but New Jersey? *Blustery exhales!* Translated: I don’t think so.” That’s when the solicitation for carrots followed and I knew it was time to leave.
Usually, you see a traffic wad before you see the wildlife and you know it will be something big. and that’s precisely what we were fortunate enough to come upon.
Spotting black bear in the mountains is a rare and spectacular event. This is the first sighting for us in a three or four years. I was so thrilled! This guy was way back in a field. I had to use my 300mm to pull him in. I am always amazed to see the number of idiots eager to run headlong into the field to see how close they can get to it. What generally happens is the animal runs off spoiling it for the onlookers from a distant.
We saw many deer enjoying the fields two Saturdays ago. I think the cooler weather (48°) contributed to our sightings but this past weekend it was 20 degrees warmer. Luckily, a small herd of deer was feeding right next to the road and I captured this little lady just as she looked straight at me.
I will be looking forward to our next day trip to the mountains. Next outing, we plan to take in the views higher up. Perhaps, Clingman’s Dome, as well as enjoy the south end of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
I hope you enjoyed my little photo essay. You may want to come by mid-week for my Wordless Wednesday post to see more pictures taken in Cades Cove. Now, grab a cup of coffee and join me as I visit that élite group of bloggers I spoke of earlier: Les for Tuesday Coffee Chat, Patrice’s for Chats on the farmhouse porch, and Stacy for Random Tuesday Thoughts!
Link up your favorite photo this week on one of these blog hops…
I failed to get a jump start on my Wednesday posts and this is the result of my lack of preparation – two memes in one. Perhaps you’ll want to join me in visiting Joyce @ From This Side of the Pond in her weekly Hodgepodge link up.
Today’s questions are:
1. What’s the best and worst thing thing about growing older?Getting older period is the worse part of the whole process, but with age comes wisdom and confidence – two ingredients I’m enjoying very much now I’ve reached that once thought of “over-the-hills” age of 50. I’m told I don’t look my age and I can tell you this much, I don’t act my age in the least.
2. Autumn arrives this week in the Northern Hemisphere…what one thing do you love most about the fall season?I can’t narrow it one thing, Joyce. There is so much about fall I love – the foliage, temperature change, football, cozy fleece, hot chocolate, Thanksgiving, … You see, I just can’t do it!
3. Speaking of fall…pumpkin seems to be flavoring everything these days-are you a fan? What’s your favorite pumpkin flavored food or beverage?I like pumpkin spice lattes. In fact, I’ll be serving my home-made version this Saturday. Last fall, I bought Torani Pumpkin Spice syrup and it’s really good. This season, we’ll be trying DaVinci’s Pumpkin Pie Spice syrup which just arrived yesterday. I’m all excited about this, too!Another favorite pumpkin flavored treat are Pumpkin Cream Filled Sandwich cookies. I got the recipe from MarthaStewart.com a few years ago and it became a huge hit with us. It kinda reminds me of whoopie pies. In fact, the recipe has been renamed as such. lol
4. Since we’re on the subject of fall…what’s the worst fall you’ve ever taken? Oh why do we have to go talking about personal injuries. It’s been years since I’ve done anything bad to myself. Thankfully, I haven’t had any really bad falls. One time, I recall catching my heel on the hem of my dress going down our front steps. God must have had His angels surrounding me that day is all I can say because the only thing that happened was my heart nearly leaped out of my chest. There was one time I slipped in the kitchen and caught myself, which more or less resulted in sore muscles because of my reaction to the fall when I stiffened up. Other than that, I’m quite blessed to have not had any nasty tumbles.
5. If you could own a prop from any film what would you choose? Where do you come up with your questions, girl? Does a body double count? I mean, really I would love to have one of those gorgeous body doubles as my own. That is, if it were even possible and I know it’s not. Unless… I’m Demi Moore and can afford a half a million dollar make-over. That’s just not gonna happen, either. I guess I’ll just have to stick to hard work and healthy lifestyle to get me where I wanna be. At least I can say I’m the real McCoy – no nose job, face lifts, tummy tucks, or breast implants. What you see, is what you get!
6. What’s the most interesting word you’ve read or learned in the past week? Hmmm, all of the words I read are rather mundane these days – nothing exciting. Does this mean the material I’m reading isn’t challenging enough? Maybe…why should I strain my brain? Perhaps, I should be straining it. After all the brain is a muscle and if I don’t use it, then….gulp…I might loose it! Where’s that dictionary?!
7. When was the last time you locked yourself out of your house, car, or office? Was it a big deal?The last time I locked myself out of anything was my car and that was too many years ago to remember with a lot of clarity, but I think it was in the mid 80s. I had to file unemployment and accidentally locked my keys inside the car. DH worked downtown, which was a couple of miles from where I was and he was able to work to my rescue. The bad thing was it was during the summer, so it was a hot walk and then the car we owed at the time did not have an AC. What a prince!
8. Insert your own random thought here. *do happy dance* Good news, my scales made me so-so happy Sunday. It read 112pounds. I’m not where I want to be exactly, but at least it’s going the right way – down! I’ve lost 7 pounds since July and I’m thrilled. Now to get below 110 again. Oh yes, if you’re in the market for new prescription eyeglasses, you may want to read my post from yesterday, here. Come back for a visit tomorrow, as I’ll be participating in my favorite blog hops. Be sure to check out my earlier post from today, The Truth is Out There.