I hope the holiday season was a light and festive one for you, Kittens and Dawgs! I’m delighted you included me in your day and I’m eager to share 2016 with you.
Pour yourself a cup of coffee while you enjoy my top 12 favorite photos from 2015.
Maggie Valley North Carolina snow tubing
Mingus Mill in Cherokee, North Carolina
Blue Ridge Parkway Mt Mitchell State Park
Chimney Rock, North Carolina waterfall and moon shot
Linville Falls, North Carolina rhododendron blooms
Pineola North Carolina lake community
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Cades Cove community
Mabry Mill in the fall
Little Pigeon River near Chimney’s Picnic area
Apple Barn in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Christmas in Gatlinburg, Tennessee
I hope you’ll link up and join the fun with other photo enthusiasts across the net and I would certainly appreciate a little blog love in sharing the mews with your friends!
Want more #WW link ups? Check “Daily Blog Hops” at the top of my home page to continue the fun!I I hope you’ll come back for my first edition of Skywatch Friday in this new year. 🙂 Have a fototastic day!
To the casual observer, one wouldn’t think there is much to do In the hills of western North Carolina, but from this picturesque lake in Pineola.
Pineola, North Carolina
There’s plenty of activities for the outdoor enthusiast, like fly fishing, golfing, hiking, skiing, horseback riding, camping, biking, or photo-ops.
Please remember, I’m doing one week off and one week on with my mid-week photo posts till life settles down, but it doesn’t mean I’m not around. I pop in and out, replying to comments and visiting those who link up or comment. So, please let yourself be known! ?
In honor of the first day of fall and good things to come…cooler temps, hot chocolate, bonfires, hayrides, …., here’s a look at things from October of last year.
Image taken from the BRP somewhere south of Boone, North Carolina.
Now that it’s autumn, what makes you the happiest about the change? Until next time, have a fototastic day!
Are you looking for more photo adventures in the blogging community? I invite you to check out a few of my favorite #WW linky parties!
Prior to upgrading to the 5s, I snapped this photo with my iPhone4 last October. The photo processor in its camera was amazingly good; better than in some phone cameras today even. Linking up with a few of these lovely Wordless Wednesday bloggers.
This month I’m taking a hiatus. There will be no featured photographers, but I’m keeping the linky party going and will do return visits in short order.
Thank you for making me apart of your day. Have a fototastic day!
Nestled in the Appalachian mountains of Haywood County, North Carolina is home to the beautiful, tranquil Lake Junaluska.
The early morning clouds hovering over the mountain peaks transformed the surrounding to an almost dream-like world. It compelled me to stay forever but reluctantly I pulled myself out of that state of mind because there were other things to do on our agenda for the day. The good news is I can revisit Lake Junaluska anytime with the drive being under 2-hours from home.
Mama and her babies. I immediately thought of the children’s story, Make Way for Ducklings. Do you remember this little tale by Robert McCloskey?
I hope you enjoyed your visit along Lake Junaluska. Please feel free to share my post with your friends. Now, it’s time to send a round of applauds and cheers to this week’s featured photographer…
Congratulations! Please, show some blog love by visiting today’s featured photographer and leave a sweet comment.
A gentle 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 limelight, then join the linky party. Ok, it’s your turn to share your photographic wonder below!
I’ll be sharing today’s photos with some of the Wordless Wednesday communities listed under my Daily Blog Hop page and you’re invited tot check them out. Please leave your comments footprints for me to follow you to your place. Thanks for visiting, see ya soon, and have a fototastic day! 😉
Last fall, DH & I enjoyed a little stay-cation from mid to late October. I got to use my big girl camera (Nikon D7000) a bit while we zipped here and there. Unfortunately, I was not able to share all my photos with you.
Today, I will take you to a few spots outside Knoxville’s city limits to the town of Farragut, TN. Let me encourage you, if you have time to snoop through my November 2013 archives for more pictures from our stay-cation.
A still calm beside the water, washing your cares away…
Fort Loudon Lake Farragut, TN
This is in west Knoxville
However, staring at the water too long made me dizzy. I don’t think I would do well on a boat. In the original shot above, the water appeared lopsided. This is particular disturbing when shooting bodies of water to the eye in the aftermath. Your mind screams, “the water is spilling over the side!”
Luckily, I can counter attack my screw-ups with a simple straightening process in Fotor. I’m trying to train my eye to be more discerning to see this kind of flaw before releasing the shutter button, but honestly it doesn’t come natural to me.
We were quite blessed to enjoy many beautiful days during our period of relaxation. DH was always so patient to stop anywhere I wanted, even beside the road just so I could snap this shot. The rolled hay in the field brought out the wannabe artist out in me, so I used Fotor to apply “old wall’ effect giving it a painting-like appeal.
Exploring side roads, spotting rolled hay in a field
As I said, it was beautiful and quite sunny. Do you remember me mentioning I’m on a learning curve with my DSLR? I was more so then, than now, but anyhow I could not tell the below image was drastically underexposed until I looked at it on the computer. The picture was too dark.
Turning in a church parking lot next to an old red barn
against a rich blue late summer sky
Thankfully, I was able to off-set the damage by adjusting the exposure through Fotor. The photo is still darker than I would like, but I love this barn. I am so happy for modern technology, aren’t you?
Taking time out from our schedules, even if it is staying around town or going to the mountains for the day that kind of break is every bit as relaxing, as a vacation far, far away. The only difference is, we didn’t have to shell out a lot of bucks to have fun. Happy WW!!
Send out warm cheers to this week’s featured WW photographer….
Link up below!
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At the top of my Home page, you’ll see Daily Blog Hops. Click it. From the drop down menu, you’ll see Photography Hops and that’s where you’ll find other WW bloggers. It’s so nice of you to come by and I hope you decide to make it a repeat visit to share in my photo ops. Wanna make me? Then, leave a comment! I’ll be hopping over to see you soon!