Welcome to JOYFUL REFLECTIONS. My Header Picture for September is very special to me. George took me to the Thorofare Mountain Overlook on Skyline Drive in Virginia to see this gorgeous SUNRISE on my Birthday, August 5, 2020. What a beautiful beginning to my wonderful day!

Monday, September 14, 2020

Open Your Eyes and Look UP! There is SO much to See up There!!!!

Open Your Eyes and Look UP! There is SO much to See up There!!!!

Dear Friends,   You may remember a similar post to this one (showing the Battle between Sun, Rain and Clouds)...  I wrote that post on June 29, 2020 after our Anniversary Trip to Pisgah Inn off of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. If you missed seeing that post,  click HERE.

Today,  I have a similar post --but on a different day and from a different place.  I've talked about our abundance of rain and clouds this year... WELL--not only did that rain follow us around when we were at Pisgah Inn,  but it also followed us when we were on a short trip to Biltmore on JULY 23, 2020.  

 On this date,  we were on our way home choosing to drive on the back roads --including a little ride across the Smoky Mountains Foothills Parkway between Wears Valley and Townsend, Tennessee....  There was rain all around us --so we stopped a gazillion times to get these sky pictures....   All of today's pictures were taken on that July 23rd date--and I've listed them in NO particular order --but showing you what we saw from different angles and different overlooks...   Hope you enjoy more SKY pictures today!!!!










 Well----enough for today!!!!  Someone asked if we got wet.... I'll say  "Yes and No"....  We did have some close calls --but got back to the car before the downpours (MOST of the time).... ha ha

As much as I love sunrises and sunsets,  this year particularly,  I have really enjoyed taking pictures like what you are seeing now... Our SKIES do give us a lot of beauty --if and when we take time to stop and LOOK UP.... I took ALL of these pictures with my iPhone 11Pro...

Have an awesome week,  and PRAY PRAY PRAY for our country --and all of the horrible things which are happening now in the name of JUSTICE... This is NOT justice at all;  it's ANGER and HATEFULNESS, and just leads to more and more resentment, and no answers....   George and I choose to fly our FLAG proudly...  God Bless each of YOU,  and God Bless the United State of America,  which we love with all of our heart and soul!

Hugs,

Betsy💝💛💚💕

25 comments:

Ann said...

These are beautiful. I especially like the first two.

George said...

You got some great sky pictures on this trip. I love the different shape and colors of the clouds, and of course the mountains in the background are beautiful. I'm looking forward to seeing more pictures like these.

Chatty Crone said...

I just love your breathtaking photos. I mean it! Very peaceful.

Dorothy said...

I'm always looking up and enjoying what I see there! Your pictures are beautiful and the words are up-lifting!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Betsy,

Your photos are just beautiful. Looks like you had another awesome trip. Love the skies and the pretty views. I hope you and George stay well. Take care, enjoy your day! Wishing you a great new week!

Big Dude said...

Such great shots you have and I wish I was enthused enough to learn to use my camera as well as you do.

David said...

Betsy, That is a great collection of sky and cloud photos...contrasting nicely with the forest, hills and mountains below! As for our national condition, I'm afraid it will worsen before it gets better...but I'm still hopeful. Justice is one thing...destruction and violence should be out of bounds in our society. Stay Safe and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Arkansas Patti said...

As long as I am not standing in it, I love rainy days. Those were beautiful skies.

linda m said...

Those are some fabulous pictures.; love them all. i am really praying hard for this Country and it's citizens.

Robin said...

Wow !!! LOVE LOVE LOVE ❤️

Ruth Hiebert said...

This is a stunning collection of sky photos. I can understand why you would stop often. Such beauty and diversity must be captured from every angle.

pam said...

Gorgeous!!! I love sky pics!

Ginny Hartzler said...

Betsy, these are stunning! My favorites are two and seven. Good to hear you are both doing well!!

Betsy said...

You have taken such beautiful photos of the skies around you Betsy. We can't see our skies. We can't even see the treetops right now. Just smoke. I had to buy milk this morning and first I had to sweep ash off of the car so I could see. I didn't want to use the wipers because the ash will etch lines in teh glass.
I agree wholeheartedly with your last paragraph. I'm finding myself watching lots of utube sermons since I'm stuck inside. They are inspiring me and reminding me of the ultimate goal. Heaven. This world is not my home. I'm just passing through.
Blessings,
Betsy

happyone said...

Fantastic photos. All my photos are taken with my phone. Don't even have a camera anymore. I pray every day for our country!!!

Busy Bee Suz said...

Your photos area always amazing. I love how the sky can change on a dime and look so different.
We keep our American and Blue Line flag flying proudly; prayers for our country.

The Furry Gnome said...

Just AMAZING photos! Spectacular sunrise too!

William Kendall said...

Beautiful views.

Lady Fi said...

Wow - so gorgeous!

KathyA said...

Stunningly beautiful! And several of these photographs actually look like paintings!

You are so right about looking up. When we walk, we often see people looking into their phones!! I want to scream at them, but of course, don't. To each her own.

Betsy said...

Gorgeous pictures! I am always looking at the sky and especially shapes of the clouds. So pleasant and calming to see. I love those mountains and the rain. I love rainy days.
The neighborhood church holds services a few houses down in the church yard. Nice sitting outside and listening to music and voices making their way through the woodland right next to us. I need to make it there Saturday myself and take grand girls.
Yes indeed, God Bless America!

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Betsy
Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful photographs.
The colours in them are amazing.
Nature provides such beauty doesn't it.

Take care, stay safe and well.

All the best Jan

Sandi said...

BEAUTIFUL VIEWS!

diane b said...

Beautiful dramatic shots. It's time for me to upgrade my phone. I hope your wonderful country can get back on its feet after the elections, after the virus and after the fires.

Jeevan said...

Wow, fantastic series of views of mountains and majestic setting of clouds delivers the magnificence of nature! Hope all is well at your end.

Take care