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Showing posts with label SKY. Show all posts
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Monday, September 29, 2014

What Else did we Enjoy in the Smoky Mountains????

Early Morning in the beautiful Smoky Mountains in Tennessee
Well Friends,  It's almost October.... Can you believe it????  I thought I just wrote that it was September --just a week or so ago.  Time is FLYING... Mercy me---before we know it,  it will be Christmas... GOSH!!!!  Anyhow---welcome to AUTUMN.  It's my favorite season --so I hope we can enjoy it for SEVERAL WEEKS/MONTHS....

But today,  we're going back to SEPTEMBER 5, 2014 ---and talk more about our Day Trip to the Smoky Mountains that day.  This will be my third blog post talking about that daytrip.  If you missed either of the other two, click HERE  and/or HERE.   We had so much fun that day ---so I'm sure there will be more posts upcoming...

Today is a 'hodge-podge' post just showing you some of the other things we saw (besides the back roads, creeks, early fall colors and wildflowers).  Hope you enjoy these pictures.  Be sure to click on them for enlargements.


We walked across the new bridge at the Chimneys Trailhead to check out the water/cascades.



WOW---don't you love the sunbeams?  We had a mixture of sun and rain and clouds all during that day!



Beautiful and interesting SKY all around these mountains!



George standing at an overlook;  We were watching rain to the left and sun to the right!



Oh those gorgeous Smoky Mountains;  I could stay here all day --just looking!



A beautiful doe almost came up to us when we were hiking near one of the overlooks along Highway 441 between Gatlinburg and Cherokee.  She and her fawn actually followed us part of the way--and weren't as afraid as most deer are.



I love seeing the big puffy clouds...  Are they full of rain???????



Here is the cute little Fawn (with its spots) --who was following his/her mother  on that trail. 



Oh those beautiful Smoky Mountains!!! I love seeing all of the layers.



Here we are at one of our favorite overlooks --checking out the mountains AND wildflowers.



More beautiful sky pictures;  I love seeing the shadows on the mountains!



"Hurry!!!  Let's have lunch before the rain gets here."



See the RAIN on that next ridge????  BUT--there was still sun where we were!!



Here's one more picture showing the mountains,  the sunshine,  AND RAIN in the distance!



AND---after seeing all of the beauty in the Smokies,  we had more glorious beauty on our way  home that evening.  This is the SUNSET that evening as we drove on the Cumberland Plateau heading home!!!!  WOW!



Two people in love ---who also love being in the MOUNTAINS!

Hope you enjoyed seeing more of our pictures from that Day Trip to the Smokies.  As you can see,  whether it is sunny or rainy or just cloudy,  the sky can give us so much beauty while in the mountains.. We will go back and take pictures in some of these same areas after the leaves change colors this coming month.  I can't wait to see it all again in AUTUMN.

Hugs,

Monday, July 22, 2013

Visits to the PINNACLE at Cumberland Gap, TN/VA/KY

A view of KENTUCKY from the Pinnacle
George and I love visiting the PINNACLE at Cumberland Gap,  TN/VA/KY ---and managed to go there twice during our Anniversary trip (June 19-23, 2013).   The Pinnacle is an overlook on top of the mountain above Cumberland Gap.   You can drive to the parking area and then walk the rest of the way up there.

The first four photos were taken during the afternoon of June 19.  The remaining photos were taken that night --as we watched the sun go down in the west... The park closes at dark---so once it starts REALLY getting dark,  we have to high-tail it outta there!!!!!! OR else, they'd lock the gates and we'd be stuck inside all night!!!!!  (Maybe that wouldn't be a bad idea though... ha ha )

Be sure to click on the pictures for enlargements... Hope you enjoy seeing some of our views from the Pinnacle.




A view of VIRGINIA from the Pinnacle





A view of TENNESSEE from the Pinnacle




Here is a photo I took of George as we hiked to the PINNACLE.  This is a neat trail --and even people in wheel chairs can come up here (since it is paved).





Another view of KENTUCKY as the sun was beginning to go down in the west
We went back that evening after dinner to get some good sky pictures as the sun went down.




Sunset from the Pinnacle
Shame on those trees for being in the way of 'my' sunset.... BUT--we're going back there in October ---and I should be able to see the sunset from the Pinnacle then.




Oh those glorious clouds as the sun was setting





Pretty clouds and an almost-full-moon!
This was on June 19--and the Super Moon (Fullmoon) was on the 23rd...  So--you can tell that we not only enjoyed seeing those gorgeous colorful clouds --but we also enjoyed the moon that evening... Neat, huh?




A view of KENTUCKY after SUNSET
This is the 3rd photo  from this spot I have showed you on this post... Amazing how different things look when the sky is different!!!  (That is Fern Lake showing off its reflections.)




As we left the parking area (at 'almost' dark)----we stopped on the other side of the mountain.   George took this picture of me standing up on top of a rock getting ready to take pictures.




Looking down at the city lights of Pineville, KY
I love seeing the lights of cities at both sunrise and sunset.... Even though there is a ridge between us,  you can see some of the city lights of the town of Pineville, KY.




I'll close this post with one more photo showing how beautiful the clouds were that evening  (June 19, 2013) from the PINNACLE after sunset....

Hope you enjoyed seeing more of our photos from our Anniversary trip... We enjoy taking photos and then sharing them.

Have a fabulous day.

Hugs,

Monday, January 24, 2011

2010 Best Of...: SKY

I have so many sky pictures in 2010 --so I decided to feature some of them again in my "Best of"  series.   Above is one of my favorite sunset views taken on 2/24/10 when we were at our little cabin on the mountain at Mt. Nebo, Arkansas.





I love seeing the BLUE sky --especially in winter.  We had had alot of snow and ICE,  so I took this picture with ice on the trees while looking straight up.  Isn't it gorgeous?








Here is a gorgeous picture of the lunar eclipse.  I know that I just posted this recently--but just getting to see a piece of this eclipse was just awesome.  This was history in the making... We saw this eclipse while at Ocean Isle Beach in December of 2010.






Do you like rainbows like I do?  This double beauty was taken on 5/4/10 while we were at Ocean Isle Beach,  North Carolina.





This beautiful picture showing the sunbeams was taken on 11/22/10 when we were at at the top of the mountain at Mount Mitchell,  North Carolina.





I love seeing the sunset when there are lots of beautiful clouds in the sky.  This sunset was taken from the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, NC on 11/22/10.





Finally,  this beautiful sunrise was taken when we visited Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina,  on 12/23/10.

Hope you enjoyed my 'sky' pictures.   There is so much I love about being out in nature.  Seeing beautiful sky pictures is always a favorite of both George and me.

Hope you also had a good weekend.  I spent the entire time working on my Family History... I love Genealogy --but it takes time and effort for sure!!!!

Hugs,

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Dis an' Dat!!!


Today's blog post is a 'bunch' of different things. After yesterday's LONG, WORDY post, I wanted to give you an easy one. By the way, did you read the paragraph in yesterday's post about a dead baby on the train? It's a sad story about my grandmother in case you missed it--in that long long post.

Above is a gorgeous SKY picture that I think is just incredible. I don't know if George has used it for his SkyWatch post, but even if he has, I think it is great enough to show again. I love those clouds! Below are more May pictures!! Click on them for bigger views.




Our first Lily of the season; We have had about 4-5 of them---and there are LOTS more lilies to come, and many daylilies!





These pretty blossoms are on our ONLY Mountain Laurel bush... Remember when I showed you all of the Mountain Laurel in North Carolina???? WELL---we don't have very much Laurel around here---at least not that I've seen. BUT--we do have one small bush in our back yard---and this year, it has bloomed better than ever before. I love ours since it includes several different colors of pink. Neat, huh????




Many of you have shown pictures of your Clematis blooms. WELL----here's our FIRST one. Isn't that a pretty color????? I hope we have lots and lots of blooms this summer.




George took this beauitful close-up photo of the Clematis bloom. Don't you love these macro shots???? Can you see the raindrops????





Except for the bluebirds, I haven't taken any good photos of birds this month. Some of the birds we have at our feeders: House Finches (pictured above on the birdbath), lots of Goldfinches (including fledglings), Tufted Titmice, Carolina Chickadees, White-breasted Nuthatches, Cardinals, Brown Thrashers (two young ones enjoy our suet and sunflower seed), Mourning Doves (two come to our deck to clean up the 'floor' several times a day), Bluejays, in addtion to Downy and Red-bellied Woodpeckers. I need to find time to get some more pictures of my birds.





This is not a very good picture, but these are my two Mourning Doves on the ground below the deck. NOW--they are brave enough to come onto the deck to munch!!!!





Finally, look at all of the roses that are on our Dining Room table right now!!!!!! WOW!!! I counted 26 different blooms... But--I must admit that we usually don't have THIS many inside. It rained on Thursday (sometimes quite heavy), so George brought in the roses that were bent down, and put them in vases. Aren't they pretty???? I have enough that I can put them ALL over the house!!!! Oh--how great they smell!!!!

Have a wonderful weekend.
Hugs,