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Hello, my lovely kittens and dawgs! It’s Friday again. Whoo-hoo, let the weekend begin! It’s been a bit stressful with all the election hoop-a-lah and  I’m doing my part to support my candidate while educating those who may not have all the facts. Now, I need a little downtime, maybe a few good laughs will fix me up and it might do the same for you. 😉

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Today, I thought I shared a photo with the SWF team and fellow shutterbug enthusiasts. This is a first time in many weeks. Hopefully, I can make it a regular part of my routine.

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I took this picture with my little Canon point n’ shoot on the Blue Ridge Parkway many years before I owned my big girl camera. The image quality is good considering the source but I admit I used my Affinity Photo editor to tweak the exposure making an ordinary sky shot moody and dramatic. The original lacked pizzaz!

How’s the view through your lens?

enjoy-the-little-things-quotesNow, I’m joining Lexa in Celebrate the small things.

I celebrate having time away from Blogosphere. It wasn’t the ideal break with lots to do, which left me stressed more than relaxed but grateful for the hiatus. During my blogging downtime, I failed miserably with responding to comments and doing return visits. I had every intention but you know how the good intentions usually turn out, right? In my defense, I normally follow through with this time being the exception. I’m REALLY sorry about that, too. On the good side, I got much accomplished. I have more to do with my blog but I think I’ve accepted that this requires more time than I can give it and will just continue to chip away at the problems. Finally, I celebrate returning to my friends in Blogosphere. I missed y’all and am happy to be back!

What are you celebrating?

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1FFBadgeBringing things up in the rear is Friendly Fill-Ins with Annie and Ellen. Every Thursday four fun and easy blank statements are posted for us to borrow, complete, and share on our site. The point is to simply have fun linking, reading, and meeting others who enjoy this sort of thing.

Here’s my response to this week’s fill-ins:

(1) Peace is something everyone wants but it’s something none of us will see on this earth. However, I know it awaits me and other believers in heaven.

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(2) I need to do several tasks around the house, but I keep procrastinating.

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(3) A friend is someone who respects your decisions and stands by you instead of cutting ties.

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(4) I  am too stumped to try to figure out a good response to this fill-in but as it turns out this isn’t too bad of one after all.

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Let’s begin celebrating with Friendship Friday and Friday Features linky parties where you’re sure to make new friends and get lots of inspiration!

That’s a wrap for now, but if you like music then I invite you to come back for  Monday’s Mewsic Moves  Me. Until next time, have a fototastic weekend!

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SWF: Sunset view from Water Rock Knob

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Good-morning, kittens and dawgs! A week ago this past Monday, we took a spontaneous trip to the mountains with the hopes of seeing Mars at its closer than usual position above the earth. Not nearly as close as it was a few years ago, but apparently it was worthy enough for the news to run a piece on it. Unfortunately, my night photos did not turn out well, but I did a fantastic sunset shot.

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North of Cherokee, North Carolina about 45-minutes along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Sunset from Water Rock Knob overlook.

I’m not going to lie to you folks, I tweaked this picture a bit. Here, I’ll let you see the original.

DSC_6552originalThis isn’t a bad photo. The exposure is off just a bit. Thankfully, photo-editing makes it easy peasy to fix your image to your liking. In the first image, I used Pixelmator to apply the healing brush to remove the hot white spot in the sunset and increased the color saturation.

It surprised us to see a gathering of folks at Water Rock Knob on a week night, but with a few small nearby towns then no doubt this an excellent afternoon R&R destination spot.

Just before getting on the parkway in Cherokee, we got dinner to-go from Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) and it was great fun to sit in the car enjoying our meal with such a magnificent view stretched before our eyes. You just can’t get this kind of atmosphere in a restaurant.  After we ate, we began snapping pictures. Me with my big girl camera and DH with his iPhone. I love that we like photographing together! This has been a shared hobby of ours for 20+ years.

About 10pm, we decided to head across the Smoky’s. The peak for Mars closeness to earth was shortly after midnight, so we figured we could get another glimpse of the Red Planet one more time from there before going home.

At first I thought I didn’t want to share any of my Mars pictures with you and then I thought why not? So, I found one that is passable. In the below picture, you’ll see that I labeled Mars, as well as Saturn in the night sky. I only know this because I used my iPhone app Sky Safari to see what else I might want to know what I’m looking at.

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Captured at Newfound Gap in the Smoky Mountains with my 55mm-300mm lens.

The evening was well spent in our favorite, most beautiful place! What more could a gal ask for? Ah, a million dollars? Nah, not that I’d turn it down or anything, but I’d settle for a nice job for DH in town. 😀

I’m sharing my photos with the International Shutterbug Association (Yep, I just came up with that one. I wonder, if anyone else has thought of this before?) and if you want to see what the sky view is like elsewhere, then I  hop over to Skywatch Friday!

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

Now, I’m joining Lexa in Celebrate the small things.

I’m celebrating…

  • the adventures behind my photo shots.
  • sharing the same hobby with my best friend and husband.
  • cool mountain temperatures and a beautiful evening.
  • the amazing mysterious universe. Are we alone? Probably. But, it’s fun to think we aren’t.

What are you celebrating?

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Let’s begin celebrating with Friendship Friday and Friday Features linky parties where you’re sure to make new friends and get lots of inspiration!

That’s a wrap for now, but if you like music then I invite you to come back on Monday for Mewsic Moves Me. Until next time, have a fototastic weekend!

SWF: Rhododendron Blooms

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The weekend is here yet again. TGIF! In truth, Fridays aren’t as magical as they were use to be with DH out of work. For us every day feels like a Friday and while we have this opportunity, I’m going to soak up every minute while it lasts. Eventually, he will get that break that he’s looking for in an Electrical Engineering job in Knoxville and then life will fall back in place.

SWF 6-3-2016 Rhododendron blooms DSC_6340I snapped these photos in Highlands, North Carolina. You may might recall my recent photo share of Ebbing, Missouri. Earlier on that day, we were in Highlands. It was a beautiful day, as you might can tell with the blue skies visible in the upper left corner of this photo and the rhododendron were at peak. SWF 6-3-2016 Rhododendron blooms DSC_6338Usually, we catch these magnificent blooms past their glory days, so it delighted me to get the chance to photography the flowers with my Nikkor 105mm macro lens.

SWF 6-3-2016 Rhododendron bloom DSC_6334The colors look fabulous! The details the macro lens picks up is so unreal that it blows my mind. My composition needs a little work. Unfortunately, my brain speeds around like a zap of light revealing my short comings in photography. Practice makes perfect and I’m all for improving my technique behind the camera.

I’m linking up with the amazing global SWF community and invite you to join the fun. How’s your sky view shaping up?

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

Now, I’m joining Lexa in Celebrate the small things.

I’m celebrating…

  • the good news of DS’s new job. It sounds like he not only found one fantastic full-time job, but two. I don’t know how he works long days with little sleep and yet he does.
  • getting to see in person for the first time white squirrels. I’m not making this up. I have photographs that prove they actually exist. Check out this past Not-so-Wordless Wednesday post for yourself.
  • summer’s unofficial kick off. I’m not celebrating the hot weather, but I am celebrating the longer days. I love, love, love have all that extra daylight in the evening!

What are you celebrating?

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Let’s begin celebrating with Friendship Friday and Friday Features linky parties where you’re sure to make new friends and get lots of inspiration!

That’s a wrap for now, but if you like music then I invite you to come back Monday for Mewsic Moves Me. Until next time, have a fototastic weekend!

SWF: Bass Lake #BRinfo

Good-day, kittens and dawgs! The weekend is here and it’s a long one at that. Whoo-hoo! Let’s bridle our enthusiasm briefly…okay, that’s enough bridling! Really now, let’s get serious. Stop laughing! Okay, few weeks ago, I shared Clear Skies over Moses Cone Manor with you and today I’m taking you back for a peek at a beautifully tranquil lake situated not far from that Blue Ridge Mountains’ estate called Bass Lake.

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The Blue Ridge Parkway crosses Blowing Rock, North Carolina only minutes from Moses Cone Manor. There are two ways to reach the lake. One is from mansion’s ground along one of hiking trails. The path was too over grown to suit us, so after talking to a park ranger we learned the lake is accessible by car.  For your convenience and reference I captured a Google Map screen shot of the area.

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Just so you’ll have an idea from Moses Cone Manor to Bass Lake the drive time is less than 10-minutes.

Bass Lake is lovely, peaceful place. A walking trail circles the lake and although we didn’t take it I’m looking forward to doing so next time, as well as another chance to get more picture.

How are things shaping in your sky? What sorts of things captivated your shutterbug side?

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

I’m sharing my photo-art with the SWF team.  Now, I’m joining Lexa in Celebrate the small things.

I’m celebrating…

  • all the fun DH and I had last week watching Three Billboards Production film a movie scene with Frances McDormand. You can check out my photo shot, here.
  • the many awesome brave and proud U.S. servicemen/women (living & deceased) for the sacrifice they made to keep America safe. Thank you and God bless!
  • after being reminded last week by Stephanie Faris of the gift of my eyesight to see our beautiful world. I can’t image living in a dark world or even a silent one like a deaf person.
  • DWTS contestant, Nyle DiMarco, a model/actor born deaf, won with his professional dance partner, Peta Murgatroyd (see video of one of their last dance performances).

 

 

What are you celebrating?

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Let’s begin celebrating with Friendship Friday and Friday Features linky parties where you’re sure to make new friends and get lots of inspiration!

That’s a wrap for now, but if you like music then I invite you to come back Monday for Mewsic Moves Me. Until next time, have a fototastic weekend!

Little Switzerland, North Carolina

Hello, kittens & dawgs! I’m so glad you included in your day. On Wednesday, I shared another look at Wiseman’s View. Well, that same we got on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Linville Falls; our destination Mount Mitchell, but that’s for another time. Today, I want to take you to community of Little Switzerland.

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You can find lodging along the Blue Ridge Parkway at the beautiful, old-world charm of Little Switzerland Inn. Be sure to check out the link of this place. There are more pictures of the inn that you’ll like seeing.

We have visited the Little Switzerland Inn many times over the years, but never stayed there. I have this place on my Dream List for a wonderful relaxing weekend getaway someday. I can imagine sitting quietly in one of the Adirondack style rockers with a cup of coffee soaking up a gorgeous sunrise or sunset.

This is the view I would see…

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I’m sharing these views with the global community Skywatch Friday and I invite you to see what other photo enthusiasts are sharing today.

The clouds look a bit ominous with a gentle nippy wind caressing our skin. Soon after I snapped this picture the rain began falling softly on us scattering us to the car.

What view is in your camera’s eye? Do you like exploring new places?

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

Now, I’m joining Lexa in Celebrate the small things.

I’m celebrating… life in general. The blessings of another day is a gift. I’m in good health except for allergies and we’re still living in a place we love that we truly enjoy. All these things are worth celebrating!

What are you celebrating?

Join the party below!

Let’s begin celebrating with Friendship Friday and Friday Features linky parties where you’re sure to make new friends and get lots of inspiration!

That’s a wrap for now, but come back Monday for Mewsic Moves Me and to see if your artist choice for my May 15th Battle of the Bands won. That means you still have time to vote! 😉 Have a fototastic weekend!