Saturday, July 21, 2007


The unsettled, rainy weather has made for some fine sky shows the last few days.....

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Flora and fauna


Five-lined (Blue-tailed) skink. Lots of them around here but hard to photograph:

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Photos from Wolf Laurel

Check out Jack Lail's photos taken at Wolf Laurel this weekend. Several are in HDR format so are spectacular, especially the dawn over the clouds shots.....via Jack Lail's blog. (The Pot Man reminds me of one I photographed at Fairchild Tropical Garden several years ago.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Fires Creek

Fires Creek road follows the creek up into the Tusquitee Mountains.
Black-eyed Susans.
Nice little waterfall.
Horse camp.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Saturday fun in the mountains

Tennessee Valley Railroad (Hiwassee branch) excursion train leaving Copperhill, TN for the trip back to Etowah. First time we've seen the train on these hasn't gone as far as Copperhill before this summer.

Tubing on the Toccoa River.

Blue Ridge Grass playing at the Brasstown, NC community center. Fine concert.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Along the Parkway

After the rain Wednesday, heading back from Asheville.
Mt. Pisgah:
Looking Glass Rock:
Near Devil's Courthouse:
Turk's Cap lilies:
Scarlet bee balm:

Smoky mts:
Foggy Nantahala River:

Thursday, July 12, 2007

A little bit of downtown Asheville

Battery Park Hotel and Grove Arcade
Inside the Arcade.
Nearby antique shop.

The Griffons have names. This one is 'Roger'.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Summer scenes

Just over the Tennessee line, near Turtletown.
Apalachia Dam,
and the tube carrying the Hiwassee River from the dam to the powerhouse a few miles below.
Violet, NC.
It's blackberry time.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Forest roads

Along North Shoal Creek.

Along Shulers Creek.

New ride.

Monday, July 02, 2007


You may wonder why I've been posting rain photos recently, but we've had so little that a day like today, with hours of rain, is a real blessing.

Bee balm and the first lily.
Sunset the other night when it didn't rain, just threatened for awhile.

Road race

Did you see this car, yesterday, passing Murphy? I did, or at least one that looked like this, driving west on highway 64/74 yesterday afternoon. In the short time we waited to cross the highway near Ranger we saw three unique old roadsters, heading west.

Turns out it was the Great Race, which covered roads between Spartanburg and Chattanooga yesterday, with a lunch stop at Maggie Valley. Wish I'd known about this event sooner...might have been worth a drive to Chattanooga to watch all the cars arrive. Schedule here. More pictures and video. And here, from the Times Free Press.
(Photo from the Great Race Flickr gallery)