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Cades Cove Barn #WW

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Welcome Kittens & Dawgs! This old barn is in the Cades Cove area of the Great Smoky Mountains.  If you look through the first barn you’ll see another barn behind and a buggy. I shared a close up of this shot in Forgot Past several years ago if you’d care to take a peek. Meanwhile, I used the above image to create more magic through these photo-artworks.


Distressed FX with layer options, Cole and Earthstone with a minor saturation adjustment


Brushstroke Simple (S6) and Papers=Blue. I made a happy discovery with the app signature option which I can move it around. I don’t know why I didn’t try this before now! Oh, silly me, right? lol

Last time I mentioned Waterlogue keeps tracks of options applied, but I didn’t realize that it tracks ALL changes even when you revert them, so to keep things straight I won’t show those again and just hit the prominent ones of choice yielding my final image. Preset Style = Rainy, Format = 10″ Giant, and Paint = Lighter.



This week, Joyce is taking a fall break from Wednesday Hodgepodge. 



I’m not sure why I’m drawn to  barns but I love the things of the past and how it makes me feel. Do I long to walk through the by-gone days? I don’t think so but it’s certainly nice to imagine what it was like to live in those days.


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Kitty Christmas Carols #humor + SWF, Fill-ins, & CTST

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Hello, Kittens & dawgs!  I’m running behind.  This week is the last for DH and I to spend together since he’ll start a new job on Monday.  After nearly 18-months of being out of work, he’s more than ready to get back into the workforce. Let’s kick the weekend off with some Kitty Christmas Carols!

This was a popular one with our kitty.


I never felt compelled to dress our kitty but I’m sure if I did it would be my last Christmas alive.


Children aren’t the only ones to get the song wrong and that’s what makes it so enjoyable.  It goes without reason, kittens do the same.


Did you crack a smile? Can you come up with some clever Kitty Christmas carols?


SWF Yesterday I mentioned DH and I spent the day in the mountains on Wednesday. Today’s SWF photo contribution is from our little adventure.  This is The Wheel at The Island in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and since its 2013 opening, this shopping attraction has grown.  The Christmas light display is absolutely phenomenal!



Let’s continue the fun with Friendly Fill-Ins with Annie and Ellen. Every 1FFBadgeThursday 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. I love the following Christmas film(s) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is the perfect laugh-out-loud holiday movie but for a more somber spirit, I think “It’s A Wonderful Life” is an excellent choice. Everyone can relate to George Bailey’s hardships but the magic with this movie is everyone has a purpose whether he/she knows it and life without that person would make someone’s life less complete.
  1. I don’t care for the following Christmas film(s) A Nightmare Before Christmas.  I know this is a popular movies, too.  I’ve not watched it because it doesn’t mesh with my more traditional approach to the holidays.
  1. At the holidays, I cannot resist making and eating homemade goodies that I make in my kitchen.
  1. A favourite holiday memory of mine is  a collection of Christmases past when the children were small spent with my in-laws.  Those Christmases were all fond, warm moments that will forever live in my mind.



I’m joining Lexa in Celebrate The Small Things. Here’s my list of celebrations!

I’m celebrating… time spent in the western North Carolina mountain communities on Wednesday soaking up the Christmas cheer.  The day time highs was in the upper 50s with mostly sunny skies and little to no wind making it a perfect day.  Today, I’ll be celebrating a cup of hot coco topped with marshmellows to chase away the chill. 😉

What are you celebrating?

See what others are celebrating this week below and if you want to join the linky, then visit Lexa!


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 Saturday Songsuasion. Until next time, have a fototastic weekend!













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.

WW 8-3-2016 King Kong Pigeon Forge - artsy effect saturation IMG_0150

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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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 by combining posts that are very similar such as (Not-so) Wordless Wednesday and Skywatch Friday.

Be sure to join me for Friday Sillies and more Friday fun! Have a fototastic day!

SWF: Sunset view from Water Rock Knob

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.


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?

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

All Things Vintage: GSMNP #AprilA2Z

I’m so happy you returned for another segment of All Thing Vintage, kittens and dawgs! In the early 20s several local Knoxvillians shared a dream of creating a national park in the Blue Ridge Mountains and thankfully today we can enjoy the beauty found in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park (GSMNP).

Great Smoky Mountains National Park dedication cermony at Newfound Gap

Image source credit President Franklin Roosevelt making speech at Newfound Gap on June 15, 1934

Great Smoky Mountains National Park dedication cermony crowd gathered at Newfound Gap

Crowd gathered at dedication, image source.

The park recorded more than 10M visitors in 2014 and it’s obvious to us each year the numbers get a little stronger. The Great Smoky Mountains is our favorite spots to visit and with it being within a short driving distance from Knoxville, then we can go anytime.

I’ve taken and shared many GSMNP photos over the years with you, look at the vintage crowd photo, then imagine me standing way to the back and to the left edge of that picture shooting over the North Carolina valley, like this one from Newfound Gap.

GSMNP Newfound Gap view

I shot this picture last October. The bright morning sun creates a challenge for any photographer. I still consider myself a novice behind the camera. My original was too dark, so it was Pixelmator photo-editor to the rescue allowing me to lighten the shadows without loosing all the color in the mountains.

I encourage you, if you’re new to Curious as a Cathy, to use the key words “smoky mountains” in my site search box to see more of God’s country.

I appreciate being apart of this challenge. I can’t image all the tedious work that goes into pulling something like this together, but our friends on the A2Z Team do a fantastic job and so I just want to say, thank you!

Arlee Bird @ Tossing it Out
Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh
Heather M. Gardner
Jeremy @ Hollywood Nuts
AJ Lauer
Pam @ An Unconventional Librarian
Damyanti Biswas @ Daily Write
Zalka Csenge Virág @ The Multicolored Diary
Joy Campbell @ The Character Depot
John Holton @The Sound of One Hand Typing

Now, I invite you to hop with me in checking out some of the amazing A2Zers playing along this year and I hope you’ll come back tomorrow to read about Hershey’s.