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Sea of Clouds #WW

Howdy, Kittens & Dawgs! Last month, DH and I attempted to see the Perseids meteor shower to no avail. The reason being a shroud of heavy cloud coverage hung our night sky with only a few breaks to see anything more than a single shooting star for each of us at different times the entire time spent staring into the pitch blackness with our necks craned and our imaginations stretched. This might seem a bit of a disappointment, but it was actually a fun adventure. Also, there’s an advantage to being in the mountains at 2am. We got a jump-start on getting to our favorite spots before the crowd. The clouds stayed with us throughout the day and this is why the Perseids was not visible with such a Sea of Clouds!

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Photographed from Mt. Mitchell State Park summit just off the Blue Ridge Parkway


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I’m making headway on repairing broken links and videos, but it’s not getting done fast enough to suit me. Next week, I’m thinking about stepping away for just a bit to try to get this job done.  Today’s photo contribution for (not-so) Wordless Wednesday I plan to share with photo enthusiasts from around the globe participating in Skywatch Friday.

Next up, Friday Sillies and more Friday fun stuff!



#WW Curious Deer Family

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A family of deer beside the road headed toward Mt. Mitchell State Park summit parking. They were the curious ones. ~image captured with iPhone 5s~


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#SWF: Clouds on the mountains

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 view from Mt. Michell State Park with clouds on the mountains of North Carolina.

A view from Mt. Mitchell State Park just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

A view from Mt. Mitchell State Park just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

~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!

SWF: Mount Mitchell State Park, NC

This week, to pull myself out of a jam since I’ve had little photo action, I went through my digital archives to share with you and my fellow Skywatch Friday photo enthusiasts.

By now, you know my favorite thing to photograph is scenery, more precisely the mountains. We live in a prime spot with the Appalachian Mountain region making up the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and Blue Ridge Parkway all within a leisurely drive away to enjoy.

Shortly after I acquired my big girl camera in 2012, we took a day trip for me to play with my new toy. Any guesses where? That’s right, we went to the mountains! We traveled the Blue Ridge Parkway southward bound from Boone, North Carolina with a projected evening destination: Mt. Mitchell State Park.


Mount Mitchell State Park is the highest point (6684-feet) east of the Mississippi River located northeast of Asheville, NC just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. I snapped this picture from the parking lot at the trail entrance to the summit. The evening light created a painting-like effect to this image.



I stood there taking pictures with threatening clouds hanging over my head and I remember thinking, “What a bummer!” The swift wind had a bit of nip despite it being the middle of July. Would it rain? Who can say on the parkway where the weather is a bit unpredictable. Looking on, the fingers of God poked through the clouds to the touch the mountain tops. What spectacular sight!



Just when I thought all was lost for seeing the sunset, as we were leaving the park, we noticed the sun trying to come out to bid us good night. We pulled into the only restaurant parking lot in Mount Mitchell State Park and watched the clouds part displaying this glorious show. What a perfect way to end the day!

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

Before you go, you may want to link your photographic wonder to this week’s WW linky party, here. Thank you for making me apart of your day.  Please leave your comments footprints so that I know you came and I will hop over to your place soon. Have a fototastic day!