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River Concert Series “Prayer For Our Planet” on Youtube from July 10th.

Watch the River Concert Series “Prayer For Our Planet” on Youtube from July 10th.  Jim had 2 videos Henrik Naimark-Meyers and Ballet Calient...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Blue Ridge Parkway Oct 28, 2017 Mabry Mill

We woke up early at our Depot room at the Caboose Motel to a lovely sunrise.  We headed toward Mabry Mill, a popular grist mill along the Blue Ridge Parkway.  It is so lovely with the pond in front, that photographs of it often become a cliche.  Even with careful planning, we had a gray day and the leaves were far from peak colors.

Caboose Motel Sunrise

We stayed in the Depot, since the room was slightly bigger.

 We briefly stopped at a cabin.  Puckett Cabin was owned by Orelena Hawks Puckett, known for her excellent midwifery in her later years.

You will notice that I cropped out the sky in most of my photos of Mabry Mill, since it was dull gray.  I liked the reflection here.

The ducks made a nice leading line toward the mill.

These branches created a nice frame for the Mill, creating a lovely image.  If you search for Mabry Mill images, you will find a large quantity of them, so I tried to make some slightly more unique images.

We enjoyed watching the pair of ducks, even though most of my photos included a faceless duck underwater.

Mabry Mill Backside


Many people like to pose from the mill window.

Mill Stones

Blacksmith, Stan, demonstrated his art.

Basket Maker, Christopher, enjoyed his work.

A whiskey still used to make corn liquor and moonshine wasn't picturesque but it was part of the story of mountain life.

Caning a chair

 Sarita was caning too, well, maybe not really.

The Appalachian Cabin held some common items from frontier life.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Blue Ridge Parkway Oct 27, 2017

We stayed overnight at a tiny Airbnb apartment complete with tiny shower, fireplace, elephant wallpaper and mini porch.  Little Switzerland Inn was very close and had a restaurant and mountain view.  We were disappointed that there were no Swiss foods or real connections with Switzerland.  We learned that Emerald Village was nearby, an authentic historic emerald mine.

Little Switzerland Inn

Little Switzerland Inn View

Swiss Flag

Emerald Mine

Looking out from the mine


More emeralds

 Linn Cove Viaduct, an engineering marvel on the Blue Ridge Parkway

 I was hoping for less wind at Julian Price Lake.

Blue Ridges


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Asheville to Blue Ridge Parkway Oct 26,2017

Our Asheville host suggested a great autumn location when I asked about someplace to photograph with fall leaves and water reflections.  We stopped at Charles Owens Park with a gorgeous mountain view.

I met some local mallard ducks

Willow, part yellow lab and springer spaniel posed for me


Then we drove north to the Blue Ridge Parkway through quite a few tunnels.  This one is Craggy Pinnacle Tunnel.

Glassmine Falls