Friday, June 10, 2011

On the Road Again

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This picture was taken back in March, 2009, when Betsy and I spent a few days in a delightful cabin at Serenity Falls in the Smokies.

I'm posting this today because we are once again taking a blog break. We'll be doing more traveling this time rather than staying in one place, but I expect we'll both come back with plenty of pictures to share.

We'll be away for the rest of June, and I'll see you in July.

I would like to thank each and every one of you for your kind words and prayers on the passing of my mother. The funeral was hard for my Dad (he'll be 99 in August) but he was doing pretty well on Thursday. The entire family felt surrounded and uplifted by your thoughts and prayers. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Monday, June 6, 2011

In Honor and Memory

My mother died this morning at my sister's home. She had been in declining health, but apparently had a massive heart attack and died quickly. Betsy and I had seen her (and Dad) on Thursday and I talked with her on the phone Saturday. She sounded very chipper and in good spirits. She had just had some ice cream before I called, which was her favorite snack.

The feature of Mom that most people commented on was her smile. When my parents moved to Tennessee, the children in their new neighborhood called her the "Smile Lady".

Now she's smiling in heaven -- it must be a brighter place today.

Rocks, Moss and Water

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Green moss decorates the boulders and adds a green sheen to the water at West Prong Falls in the Smokies.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Pier Reflections

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I was walking along the beach at Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, on a beautiful morning last month. The tide was going out, and as I approached the pier I noticed the reflection captured by the wet sand and shallow water. This picture makes me ready to go back.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Flowers From Our Yard: Cantina Iris

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This week a flower stalk on our Cantina Iris decided to put on one more show for us. I like the overall purple of this blossom, but am intrigued by the touch of gold and splash of blue in the falls. Cantina should bloom again in October, so hopefully she'll put on another show for us.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Wildflowers in the Rain

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I was working with some of my older picture files last week when I came across this picture of wildflowers in the rain. The picture was taken at Tallulah Gorge State Park in Georgia in May of last year.