Monday, November 2, 2009
If you missed seeing Part I and Part II of our pictures taken on Sunday, Oct. 25, when we came home from Maggie Valley across the Cherohala Skyway, please go to the right sidebar on this blog and go to the label marked Cherohala Skyway. Click on that and you can see all 21 pictures that I have posted showing the gorgeous Fall colors. As I have said several times, we were truly in the right place at the right time (with near perfect conditions)---to see the best Fall colors either of us have probably ever seen or captured.
Today is my last seven pictures taken by George and me that day. Five from this set were taken by me--with my 'point and shoot' camera. SO--that proves that you don't always have to have a million dollar camera in order to get great pictures!!!! I hope you enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed posting them for you to see.
Here at home, the rains and winds came over the weekend and about 80% of our leaves are now on the ground... I guess that means that Fall is almost over and now I can look forward to Winter ---and hopefully a little (not too much) SNOW.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Be sure and read yesterday's post (Part I) to see information on the Cherohala Skyway. Here are more pictures taken on Sunday about 3 p.m. when George and I were on our way home from Maggie Valley. As I said in yesterday's post, we were in the perfect place at the perfect time to see some of the most gorgeous Fall colors we have EVER seen. All of the 'conditions' for great pictures ---plus a husband who is a great photographer-- were there on that 'picture-perfect' afternoon. I took 3 of these pictures with my 'point and shoot' (believe it or not)--and George took 4 of them. Hope you enjoy more of our Autumn pictures from Tennessee and North Carolina.
George got this picture of the moon---which was also part of our fabulous day!!!! Great picture--isn't it????
How 'bout a picnic here?????? Neat, eh????
I have one more set of pictures to show you tomorrow. Hope you aren't getting 'too' tired of these Autumn pictures.. We just love them--and want to share!!!!
Hope you have a wonderful Halloween weekend.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
The Cherohala Skyway was completed in the fall of 1996 after being under construction for about 34 years. It winds up and over 5,400 foot mountains for 15 miles in North Carolina and descending another 21 miles into Tennessee. The road crosses through the Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests thus the name "Cher.o.hala".
The road enthusiast's dream connects Robbinsville, NC with Tellico Plains, TN. There are no facilities other than restrooms for the entire 36 miles. There is little civilization from viewpoints that rival or surpass any from the Blue Ridge Parkway.
George and I drove home from Maggie Valley on Sunday --not only on the Blue Ridge Parkway, but also across the Cherohala Skyway. The colors on Blue Ridge were pretty (another upcoming blog post), but the lower elevations along the Cherohala (between 2500-3500 feet) were absolutely phenomenal ---some of the most gorgeous I have seen in ALL of my life. The colors both above and below that elevation weren't as pretty.
I have divided all of our fabulous pictures (all of these are STRAIGHT from the camera and not 'doctored') into THREE posts. This is Part I. By the way, any good photographer will tell you that where the sun shines and where the shadows are is very important when trying to take good pictures. We got lucky ---getting to these areas at the perfect time of day --when the sun was helping the Fall colors to glow brilliantly. It was truly AWESOME. Hope you enjoy this Fall beauty.
As I said above, George and I were in the 'right place at the right time' in order to capture this beauty. The sun was in a perfect location --which helped to bring out the colors. AND--in some of the pictures, the shadows helped bring out the mountain ranges (go to the 5th picture above here for an example). OR, notice where the sun hits the trees in the 2nd photo above here. There is very little 'color' in the shadowy areas. Interesting, huh?
I know that this Autumn beauty is ALL over the country/world... BUT---for George and me, on this particular day, we saw some of the prettiest Fall colors we have ever ever ever seen. When we got home (2000 feet above sea level), we found some pretty colors--but none as vivid and bright as what we saw along the Cherohala.
More to come!!!!