Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Sinks

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The Sinks is a very popular spot in the summer, since there is a swimming hole just below this little drop.  But I captured this photo on a January visit to the Smokies when Betsy and I had The Sinks to ourselves.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Biltmore Orchid

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A visit to the Conservatory at Biltmore House and Gardens in Asheville, North Carolina, is a wonderful way to bring some color and beauty to a dreary January day.  This picture, from my archives, was taken a couple of years ago.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Little River in Winter

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The leaves are gone from the trees in the Smokies in December, but there is still beauty to be found.  This picture of the Little River was taken at the ‘Y’ — Townsend, Tennessee, entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Rose of the Week: Rio Samba

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This is another in the series featuring a rose from our yard.

We’ve had Rio Samba for several years.  The bush is relatively small, but the blossoms are beautiful.  It is difficult to find a single photo that does justice to this rose, as the blossoms change colors as they age.  This picture was taken the day after the blossom opened fully.  Older blossoms would show more red.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Wilderness Falls

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Several years ago Betsy and I were exploring part of the Cherokee National Forest in northeast Tennessee when we came across this pretty little waterfall on Unaka Mountain.  One of the reasons we enjoy traveling along Forest Service roads is that gems like this might be around each curve.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Rose of the Week: Summer Surprise

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This is another in the series featuring a rose from our yard.

Summer Surprise was one of our new roses this year.  As you can see, it’s a beautiful rose, but it is prolific and the blossoms hold their form and color a long time.  This rose has quickly become one of our favorites.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Rose of the Week: Pink Promise

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This is another in the series featuring a rose from our yard.

Pink Promise is one of the roses in containers along our driveway.  When the bud first opens there are thin pink edges on the petals.  As the blossom opens more and gets older, the pink spreads.  Betsy and I think it is a beautiful rose in any stage.