The first Saturday in June, we enjoyed the day on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I had one spot in mind that I wanted to be sure to visit since we missed out last time ~ the Moses Cone Manor
Along the Blue Ridge Parkway, just south of Boone, NC is this old estate. Read more, here. (approx. mile marker 293). Linking with Skywatch Friday. (Nikon D7000 with attached Nikkor 18-105mm zoom lens)
There’s a walking trail on the grounds I would love to have ventured, but the fogginess kept us from strolling the path. Perhaps late fall will be a good time to hike the grounds when it’s less visited and the threat of rain is not in the forecast.
This place must have been a show stopper in its day. I think this is a beautiful old home. If you look closely, you’ll notice a slight shadow in my upper right and bottom left corners. This is from my lens hood. I didn’t have it screwed on all the way. To correct my mistake, I used my photo editing program (Fotor) and applied a white vignette saving the image. (Nikon D7000 with attached Nikkor 18-105mm zoom lens)
I really wished I had my micro lens for this shot, but it turned out pretty nice with my Nikkor 18mm-105mm zoom.
With Fotor, I applied a white vignette once more to cover up the lens hood shadows and I brightened the photo just a bit. Photo equipment: Nikon D7000 with attached Nikkor zoom lens (18mm-105mm) I ♥ my camera! #NikonUSA
I had my lens hood on wrong creating a shadow in the upper right and lower left corners. Using Fotor, I applied a white vignette, like in the earlier photo with the hopes of masking my goof. Although it didn’t conceal it completely, I still like the picture. The fog was awesome! (Nikon D7000 with attached Nikkor 18-105mm zoom lens)
We climbed a set of steps leading to the parking lot just past the stables. Turning before we left, I snapped this photo as the first raindrops hit my arm. It was time to dash to the car breathless and exhilarated, not from the activity but the experience.
That Sunday, we enjoyed a lovely sunny afternoon. Outside our local Dunkin Donuts, I spotted these interesting little blooms and couldn’t resist capturing with my new Nikkor micro 105mm lens. Linking with i heart macro.
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Have you been visiting the past two weeks? If so, then you know I am displaying archived photos from 2011 taken along the Blue Ridge Parkway. I took this photo below at the same time.
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captured with my small point n’ shoot Canon DS8800 camera
If my memory serves me correctly, then this is near Devil’s Courthouse on the Blue Ridge Parkway (milepost 422). With a few Fotor editing techniques, I changed the effect by applying a gray tint vignette to the below image…
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and, adjusting the grayscale to a preset called, Chimney here…
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The fog hung over us the entire day on this trip, but that’s not uncommon. There have been many times while visiting the Blue Ridge Parkway and find ourselves surrounded by the eerie beauty. That’s what makes part of the trip all the more enjoyable.
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In March 2011, we ventured a day trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway. We got on the parkway in the Boone, North Carolina area and travelled south. Like so many times over the years, this occasion was no different. A shroud of dense fog on the parkway offered limited views of the mountains while we drove but the ambiance is nothing short of a peaceful and a little eerie. The parkway isn’t heavily traveled usually when the weather is like this but we rather enjoy it.
image captured with my small point n’ shoot Canon DS8800 camera
Right now, I can’t pinpoint where I took this picture. I seem to remember that there is a hiking trail nearby and there is a rather large graveled parking area that we pulled into. I loved the awesomeness of the fog in the background, as it crept slowly over the trees.
Wordless Wednesday offers a chance for me to play around with my photos and share the results. The fog along adds an artsy feel in itself to the above image, but when I dabble with some special effects and the mood changes in the picture.
Fotor effect – Sutro Fi
Fotor effect – Grayscale
The aura along the Blue Ridge Parkway with the rolling fog has mysterious and sometimes haunting feelings. If you’re a writer, an artist, or a photographer then you can expect to be inspired after driving in these conditions.
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