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King Kong Lives in Tennessee

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I’m delighted you decided to join me for another edition of Not-So-Wordless Wednesday!

You’re not having déjà vu, kittens and dawgs. I shared a similar picture in 2013, here. At the time I took this picture, I was recovering from intestinal surgery and not up to handling my big girl camera (Nikon D7000) and decided to go light-weight with my Canon Elph S110 point n’ shoot instead. It does a fabulous job.

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This is a really cool image and I thought it would fun to monkey around (pun intended) with it in Pixelmator.

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In the above image I decreased the saturation to nearly B&W leaving a hint of color in the stars and with the below image I bumped the saturation level all the way up giving it a near comic strip appeal.

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I think I prefer the second picture creation. It seems more interesting than the first. Do you like one more than the other?

When you think King Kong, you think Fay Wray? I do as well as the classic 1933 production. Since the first King Kong film was made, others followed. In fact in 1986 the movie King Kong Lives was partially filmed near Knoxville. I tried to get on as an extra. I remember going early on a Saturday morning with a former co-worker, Connie Ramsey, along with hundreds of locals sharing the same hopes of being picked. I was not one of the lucky ones. I didn’t know the name of the movie at the time or who the stars were, or filming location until now. This is what I found out. Linda Hamilton starred in the movie (to see the full cast, visit IMDb) and scenes filmed in these Tennessee communities: Fall Creek Falls State Park, Wears Valley and Sevier County, and Lake City (this is a YouTube film clip).

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National D-Day Memorial Part 2 #WW #SkywatchFriday

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The town of Bedford lost more boys per capita on D-Day than the rest of the nation. If time permits, you may want to watch this National D-Day Memorial video.

Thank you for joining for my mid-week post, Not-so-Wordless Wednesday! Two weeks ago, I shared our adventure to the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. Let’s continue our stroll. The life-like statues depicting the invasion grabbed my heart. WW 7-26-2016 DSC_6660

In the below photo, you can see the spray of water in the right bottom corner just in front of the Landing Craft. It replicates the sound of bullets hitting the water. It sent shivers down my spine and for an instant my mind transported to the beaches of Normandy.

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Everything about the memorial site pulls me emotionally; just thinking about the bravery and sacrifice is unbelievable.

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The Germans had the upper hand sitting at the top of the cliffs of Normandy, but God lead American servicemen and her allies in this battle to regain Frances’ freedom that day and the beginning of the end of Hitler’s strong hold on Europe. It wasn’t long afterwards the war was over.WW 7-27-2016 DSC_6669

I stood here looking below at the soldiers advancement toward the cliffs and I felt the fear those men felt. Despite the casualties, they kept going determined to crush the Nazis and to liberate France.WW 7-27-2016 DSC_6712

Conquering the cliffs!WW 7-27-2016 DSC_6713The Normandy invasion was known as the Overlord Operation. The monument bears the June 6th 1944 invasion date in the Overlord Arch’s height at 44 feet and 6 inches tall. I think that’s rather cool.

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Under the Overlord Arch inscribed on the floor are these words:

In Tribute to the Valor, Fidelity, and Sacrifice of Allied Forces on D-Day, June 6, 1944

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This is just an amazing site. I love this place and all that it represents! The best part is it’s privately funded. That means the U.S. Government can’t tell them how to run or what to or what not to display.

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I liked how I was able to capture France’s flag in the background to the left of the Overlord Arch with this intriguing statue in foreground donated by appreciative Guy Wildenstein to the U.S. for liberating France and giving his parents refuge.

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That concludes our outing at the National D-Day Memorial. I’m looking forward to going back for another photo-op. It’s truly an amazing place and if you’re in the area you then you’ll want to see it.

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Judaculla Rock Petroglyphs and Brown Eyed Girls

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Who would’ve ever guess we’d stumble upon something this interesting out in the middle of nowhere! Cool, right?

Welcome Kittens & Dawgs! In June while in the western mountains of North Carolina we came up on the Judaculla Rock Petroglyphs. Actually, we saw signs, so we followed them. What a cool and unexpected discovery!

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I used my iPhone to take both these photos. I wasn’t feeling my best and didn’t want to go through the extra hassle of using my big girl camera. 🙁 The iPhone always does a stand up job, though. *applauds*

I thought this was something the Cherokees did, but according to what I read it predates the Cherokees and Indian legend says a slant-eyed giant named Judaculla dominated the mountains in years long past. He was the “Great Lord of the hunt,” a powerful being who could leap from one mountain to another, and even control the weather. They believed the rock not only marked his territory, but even bore his 7-fingered hand-print, since he once used the rock to steady himself from a fall.

This was great found to see first hand and to document our visit with photos. I just love stuff like this! Anyhow, a week later, we found ourselves on the Virginia end of the Blue Ridge Parkway. I had to snap a picture of these beautiful brown eyed girls!

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Yeah, I know not exactly the brown eyed girls you were expecting. lol

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I gathered looks by some of the ladies. I imagined them thinking… What’s she doing over there?  With their quizzical expressions, if you can call it that, but I’m sure most were like, Silly human! as most just ignored me. I decided either the shutter sound caught their attention or they spend too much time on social networks and are narcissistic. You just never know anymore. Nah, I think it’s simply a case of curiosity. They look too sweet and NOT at all the self-absorbed. 😀



In case you missed the mews I’m working on my site, repairing broken links and videos while summer blog traffic is slow. What this means is I’m minimizing my content to two posts each week, especially those that are very similar such as (Not-so) Wordless Wednesday and Skywatch Friday.

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Another look at Wiseman’s View #WW

Welcome Kittens & Dawgs! It’s hump day and all around the internet people like me are happily sharing a featured photo or two with their readers.  The Friday before last, I shared a panorama shot, here, I took with my iPhone in the same area of today’s photo share. I want to show you Another look at Wiseman’s View.

Don’t forget to click on the images for a better viewing experience! 😉

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Wiseman's View Linville NC

This is sort of an off-the-beaten path. From the main highway, you drive about 4-5 miles on rough, gravelly road. If you have a low riding vehicle then be very careful! However, getting to the overlook from the parking lot is an easy  5-minute walk. The path is paved for anyone needing wheelchair access or for those who prefer to walk on even surfaces. I snapped both photos from the path before making our way to the observation point (in first photo) that juts over the mountain. If you’re afraid of heights, then don’t look down. That feeling totally creeps me out every time! The day was awesomely beautiful ~ blue skies, light breeze, and mild temperatures. We couldn’t have asked for a better day!

Do you have plans to be in the western North Carolina mountains? If so, consider including this in your travel plans.

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A Sea of Beautiful Tulips #WW

Welcome Kittens & Dawgs! I was super busy with the A2Z challenge last month, but I did find time to use my camera. On one of our day trips, we headed for the Blue Ridge Parkway, but passed Asheville, North Carolina to go to The Well-Bred Bakery & Cafe, which is in the Biltmore Village plaza and as we left this is what we saw.

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The entrance to Biltmore Estates

Naturally, I asked DH to take me over for a closer look at the hundreds and hundreds of bright, cheery flowers.

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This is the view with Biltmore Estates to my back looking toward Biltmore Village plaza.

We haven’t been to Biltmore in the spring, but seeing all this sea of beautiful tulips made me want to go BAD! *sigh* Oh well, perhaps next spring we’ll have a chance to visit Biltmore in bloom!


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