Welcome, Kittens & Dawgs to my humble abode! Last Thursday I shared some of the Smoky’s wildfire landscape scarring photos that I took on the day after Christmas. We felt the need to get out. I reckon to release a little cabin fever. It was a beautiful day. The mountains and foothills communities were bustling with more activity than I cared for but we enjoyed the day nonetheless. We headed toward Cades Cove in the park with the hopes of taking a short walk in the old logging community of Historic Elkmont in the Smoky’s.
We used to walk the trail (not this one) that runs beside the river with the kids when they were at home. It’s been a few years since we’d ventured this way and we were surprised to find the park service has developed the area more. One of the improvements made is expanding the paved parking which is really nice.
Although the temperatures were pleasantly mild, it was very breezy and with my ear bothering me I couldn’t chance at being outdoors too long. I really wanted to linger along the trail snapping pictures and imagining life in this community in its heyday.
One of the cabins caught my attention and I really wished I had snapped a shot of the long flowing curtain rustled by the wind which made me think of ghosts. Is the old town haunted? Perhaps by ghosts or maybe just memories of a lost past.
You can read about the history and Elkmont’s early beginnings in the 1900s by three Pennsylvanians who come to the area looking for virgin timbers.
As I said earlier, I’m eager to come back for another photo-op of this old ghost town and to enjoy a lovely nature walk. Perhaps, I’ll pack a picnic lunch for us to enjoy, too.
Welcome, Kittens & Dawgs! Last month on one of our day trips to Dillsboro, North Carolina reminded us of a place we wanted to see for years but never got around to it. Unlike today, finding these out-of-the-way places without was once tricky and perhaps one reason we didn’t visit before now. Stroll with me through time at the Balsam Mountain Inn.
Built in the early 1900s. The inn is now a registered historical landmark The 100-foot front porch is spacious and offers an awesome view of the mountains. The inn became known as “Grand Old Lady of Balsam”.
The front entrance to the inn has double doors leading into this amazingly cozy lobby area.
The wide-built corridors were for steamer trunks that traveled with extended summer guests of the inn as seen in the below picture. Nowadays, this space is used for local craftsmen to sell their products. What got my attention here is the water cooler on the left, isn’t that coolest thing? I’ve not seen one of these before, have you?
Another view of the lobby area from the other end with the front desk in the far right corner of this picture.
This is one of the dining areas with only two small tables. I love the amber light in this room. I’m shooting toward one of those long, wide corridors and if you turn right it’ll take you back to the lobby.
Here I’m just outside this room ⬆︎ looking into this huge sunroom dining area. The light is harsh compared to the room above even with the sun making its way over the horizon.
The next room’s view is on the sunroom side and this really transported my mind to another time. I could almost see ghosts of Christmas past dancing or dining in this room.
I altered the exposure in some of these pictures with a Pixmelator photo editing software, like the one below. This place was really hard to photograph.
I’m standing at the main entrance taking one last look at the great dining room.
It’s was dark by the time we left the inn but I had one last opportunity for a neat shot.
I hope you liked the tour of Balsam Mountain Inn. Perhaps, we’ll have a chance to visit another time. I would love to capture it at various points in the different seasons. Can you just imagine how gorgeous it is here when it snows or when the tree buds begin to show or in when the mountains display her fall colors?
Welcome, Kittens & Dawgs! This is the last not-so Wordless Wednesday post for 2016. The year is practically gone but I’m not ready to shut the door without another look at some of our fun this month like here on the luminaries lined streets of Dillsboro NC and a horse pulled wagon.
The next photo I shared in last week’s BoTB results post but I couldn’t resist sharing it again. The decorations are so festive and violinist was a fabulous addition to the evening.
Shooting at night is tricky to get the exposure right and I don’t mind telling you that with all of these photos I had to make minor corrections to the lighting with Pixelmator. That’s the beauty of the digital world not all pictures get tossed thanks to photo-editing software.
I’m taking a break in Blogosphere with limited activity for the holidays but plan to resume things after the first of the new year. My scheduled posts are set and I hope you’ll come join me for another peek through my lens and a few giggles with Friday Sillies!
I’m taking a blog break until the first of the New Year. My regular scheduled posts are set, so feel free to come back for another peek through my lens with my newest edition of Skywatch Friday and get in on the Friday social media action. Have a fototastic day and the merriest Christmas ever!
Hello, my lovely Kittens & Dawgs! Per my promise last Thursday, I shared one photo on Friday and am now going to share a few more from our recent trip to the mountains taken of Christmas atThe Island in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Although it’s been a long time since I’ve ridden a carousel but whenever I see one it always brings the inner kid out in me. How about you? The lights at Christmas always make our time spent in the Smoky Mountain foothills truly a magical experience. We hope to go again before Christmas and if time doesn’t allow us to then maybe we’ll get a chance to go before the Winterfest light show vanishes on February 28th.