Monday, February 23, 2015

Worse than Snow

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If you follow us on Facebook, you know that Betsy and I were without power for about 50 hours because of an ice storm that hit our area.  Our yard looks like a war zone with broken tree branches all over the ground, so it’s not pretty in our yard.  I got this picture of an ice-coated holly bush during a break in the storm.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Spruce Flat Falls in Winter

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Several years ago Betsy and I hiked to Spruce Flat Falls in the Tremont area of the Great Smoky Mountains on a brisk February day.  There was as much ice as there was water on the falls, which made for a beautiful wintry photo.

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.