Lake Canterbury

October 13, 2014
Lake Canterbury, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  October 30, 2013.

Lake Canterbury, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. October 30, 2013.

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Fairfield Glade has several lakes, all of which are man-made.  One of the larger lakes is Lake Canterbury.  There are homes all along the shoreline, but it is still a pretty autumn scene, especially with a blue sky above the lake.

Lake Canterbury, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  October 30, 2013.

Lake Canterbury, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. October 30, 2013.

I got these pictures from a boat ramp used by fishermen.

Art in the River

September 1, 2014
Middle Prong Little River, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee.  August 27, 2012.

Middle Prong Little River, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee. August 27, 2012.

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Betsy and I like driving and hiking along Middle Prong of the Little River in the Smokies.  This river is in the Tremont section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which means it is less crowded than more popular sections of the park.

We usually go when there is plenty of water flowing over and around the boulders in the river bed, but a couple of years ago we went on a beautiful August day when the water levels were very low.

At first I was disappointed that the water of the river was barely moving, but then I noticed the light and reflections.  Sunlight streaming through the trees seemed to turn portions of the river into gold.

Middle Prong Little River, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee.  August 27, 2012.

Middle Prong Little River, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee. August 27, 2012.

A little later we came upon a pool of water that was turned a yellow/green by the leaves of the trees overhead.

Middle Prong Little River, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee.  August 27, 2012.

Middle Prong Little River, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee. August 27, 2012.

As I continued to pay attention to the reflections in the water, I found I could capture the trees overhead and the sky by photographing the water.  The result is different from most of the photographs I’ve taken, but I like the color of both the green leaves and the blue sky as painted by the river.

Our World: Candy in Our Yard

July 28, 2014
Custard Candy Day Lily, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  June 20, 2014.

Custard Candy Day Lily, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. June 20, 2014.

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This is my post for the Our World meme.  This meme is a second generation of My World Tuesday created by Klaus Peter and is hosted by three wonderful ladies.  To learn more about our world or to join and share your part of the world, click HERE.

All of these pictures were taken in mid-June, but I wanted to share some of our ‘candy’ with you.  These candies contain absolutely no calories, and so can be enjoyed as often as desired without any weight gain whatsoever.

Custard Candy was the first of our candies.  We now have two different clumps of Custard Candy.  One is on the side of the house where we can enjoy it from the deck.  The other clump is in the flowerbed near the road in front of the house.

Strawberry Candy Day Lily, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  June 21, 2014

Strawberry Candy Day Lily, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. June 21, 2014

Strawberry Candy is also in the bed along the side of the house.

Elegant Candy Day Lily, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  June 21, 2014.

Elegant Candy Day Lily, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. June 21, 2014.

We have a large clump of Elegant Candy along the road.  We both like the color of this day lily.

Wineberry Candy Day Lily, Faiarfield Glade, Tennessee.  June 19, 2014.

Wineberry Candy Day Lily, Faiarfield Glade, Tennessee. June 19, 2014.

Wineberry Candy is the last of our candies.  It, too, is along the road in front of our house and puts on quite a display that we, and the people traveling along the road can enjoy.

The nice thing about the day lilies along the road is that they are all rebloomers, and will bloom again in the autumn.  It’s just a good thing these candies aren’t fattening — we enjoy them so much.

Our World: Biltmore Orchids

July 7, 2014
Orchid in the Conservatory of the Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Caroliina.  June 14, 2014.

Orchid in the Conservatory of the Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Caroliina. June 14, 2014.

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Betsy and I have had annual passes to Biltmore House and Gardens for several years now.  We get over there several times a year to enjoy the gardens and the grounds of the estate.  But we almost always stop at the Conservatory to visit the Orchid Room as well.

Orchid in the Conservatory of the Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Caroliina.  June 14, 2014.

Orchid in the Conservatory of the Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Caroliina. June 14, 2014.

We don’t grow orchids — I’m not sure we could be successful at it — but we certainly enjoy the beauty and variety of the orchids being grown at Biltmore.

Orchid in the Conservatory of the Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Caroliina.  June 14, 2014.

Orchid in the Conservatory of the Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Caroliina. June 14, 2014.

Just when it seems we’ve seen just about every possible color and pattern, we turn a corner and see something else which is simply spectacular.

These pictures were taken on a June, 2012, visit to Biltmore.

Our World: Byrd Lake Reflections

June 30, 2014
Reflections on Byrd Lake, Cumberland Mountain State Park, Tennessee.  June 7, 2014.

Reflections on Byrd Lake, Cumberland Mountain State Park, Tennessee. June 7, 2014.

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Betsy and I were fortunate to have a visit with son Jeff and his wife Dawn in early June. We took them to Cumberland Mountain State Park to celebrate (belatedly) Jeff’s birthday. After a delicious lunch we walked along the shore of Byrd Lake to enjoy the beautiful day.

The lake was calm, almost mirror-like, and the reflections were absolutely beautiful. I got the picture above of the couple in the canoe as they were heading back to the boat rental dock.

The bridge over the Byrd Lake dam, Cumberland Mountain State Park, Tennessee.  June 7, 2014.

The bridge over the Byrd Lake dam, Cumberland Mountain State Park, Tennessee. June 7, 2014.

Byrd Lake is man-made, formed by a dam. The dam and the stone seven-arch bridge carrying the road over it was constructed by the CCC. It is reported to be the largest masonry structure constructed by the CCC.

Betsy at Byrd Lake, Cumberland Mountain State Park, Tennessee.  June 7, 2014.

Betsy at Byrd Lake, Cumberland Mountain State Park, Tennessee. June 7, 2014.

I didn’t get a picture of a reflection of my Beautiful Bride, but she looked so good that I can’t resist including this picture of her taken from a small fishing pier on the lake. The bridge over the dam (and its reflection) can be seen behind her.

Our World: Friday the Thirteenth Full Moon

June 16, 2014
Moon and clouds, Friday, June 13, 2014.  Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.

Moon and clouds, Friday, June 13, 2014. Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.

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I’m sure most of you were aware that this past Friday, June 13, was special because there was also a full moon that night.  The combination of a full moon on a Friday the thirteenth is fairly rare.  It won’t happen again until 2049.  If I’m still around, I would be 107 the next time this combination occurs, so I really was looking forward to seeing the full moon Friday evening.

Moon and clouds, Friday, June 13, 2014.  Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.

Moon and clouds, Friday, June 13, 2014. Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.

Unfortunately, Friday was rainy and cloudy.  Betsy and I went out shortly after the time of the moonrise, but we could see nothing but clouds.  We went out again an hour or so later and could see some stars over head, but still no moon.

A little later we finally got a glimpse of the moon playing peek-a-boo with the clouds and the trees.  I attempted to get some decent photos without a great deal of success.

Full moon over Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  June 13, 2014.

Full moon over Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. June 13, 2014.

Finally the moon poked through a clear patch of sky and I was able to get a fairly decent picture.  I’m glad I got to see this full moon, because I’m really not convinced that I’ll be around the next time there is a full moon on Friday the thirteenth.

Our World: Iris in Our Yard

June 2, 2014
Orange Harvest Iris, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  May 7, 2014.

Orange Harvest iris, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. May 7, 2014.

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We’ve been fortunate to have some beautiful iris blooming in our yard this Spring.  Iris are quite easy to care for, and when they have marvelous blossoms they are doubly delightful.  The iris above is Orange Harvest.  It’s easy to see how this iris got its name.

Floor Show iris, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  May 7, 2014.

Floor Show iris, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. May 7, 2014.

Floor Show is a very interesting bicolor iris.  We have it in a couple of different places in our yard.

Hell's Fire iris, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  May 7, 2014.

Hell’s Fire iris, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. May 7, 2014.

Sometimes the blossom is much prettier than the name.  Hell’s Fire is not exactly a name I would pick, but I do like the color.

Electric Shock iris, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  May 8, 2014.

Electric Shock iris, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. May 8, 2014.

We also have Electric Shock is a couple of places in the yard.  It has a very showy blossom that stands out very well.

Skywatch Friday: Mt. Nebo Sunset

May 30, 2014
Sunset at Mt. Nebo, Arkansas.  February 26, 2014.

Sunset at Mt. Nebo, Arkansas. February 26, 2014.

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Sunset at Mt. Nebo, Arkansas. February 26, 2014.

Sunset at Mt. Nebo, Arkansas. February 26, 2014.

If you visited here very often, you know that one of our favorite spots is Mt. Nebo State Park in Arkansas.  We get the same cabin for each visit, and we can sit on the back porch and enjoy some spectacular sunsets.

Sunset at Mt. Nebo, Arkansas. February 26, 2014.

Sunset at Mt. Nebo, Arkansas. February 26, 2014.

Sometimes the sky is cloudy, which creates magnificent cloudscapes in the sky.  The evening I took these pictures (February 26, 2014) was perfectly clear, and the color of the sky was simply magnificent.

Down Memory Lane: Burgess Falls

May 26, 2014

2001 -- Burgess Falls

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Betsy and I had our first ‘big’ date at Fall Creek Falls in late April, 2001.  That was the beginning of our waterfall ‘collection’.

The next additions to our collection came about a month later.  We went to Burgess Falls State Park near Cookeville, Tennessee.  This park, which is only about an hour from our present home in Fairfield Glade, contains three waterfalls, and we hiked along the river to all three.

The collage above shows some scenes from that visit to Burgess Falls.  The picture on the upper left shows the Falling Waters River above the three falls.  The other picture on the top shows Burgess Falls — the main waterfall in the park — as we hiked down to the base.

The picture on the bottom left shows Betsy enjoying the mist at the base of Burgess Falls.  Next is a view of the brink of Burgess Falls, followed by a side view of the falls as we hiked to the base.

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Our World: Strasburg, Virginia

May 12, 2014
Hotel Strasburg, Strasburg, Virginia.  April 6, 2014.

Hotel Strasburg, Strasburg, Virginia. April 6, 2014.

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This is my post for the Our World meme.  This meme is a second generation of My World Tuesday created by Klaus Peter and is hosted by three wonderful ladies.  To learn more about our world or to join and share your part of the world, click HERE.

In early April Betsy and I visited Strasburg, Virginia.  Strasburg is near the northern terminus of Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park, one of our favorite parts of the country.  Staying in Strasburg gave us the opportunity to do some hiking and exploring in the area.

While in Strasburg we stayed at the Hotel Strasburg (pictured above), which was originally built as a hospital before being converted to a hotel sometime after 1912.  The decor of the hotel is very Victorian.  Betsy has posted more on this neat hotel; you can check out her blog and see some of the interior of the hotel by clicking  HERE.

An old home converted into a bed-and-breakfast, Strasburg, Virginia.  April 6, 2014.

An old home converted into a bed-and-breakfast, Strasburg, Virginia. April 6, 2014.

We walked through part of Strasburg on our first evening in town.  Many of the buildings have been renovated and are in wonderful condition.  The home above is now a bed-and-breakfast.

The Dr. F. E. Grove house, Strasburg, Virginia.  April 6, 2014.

The Dr. F. E. Grove house, Strasburg, Virginia. April 6, 2014.

The brick turret of the home above caught my attention.  This was the home of Dr. F. E. Grove, and when built around 1910 was the first Strasburg home built with electricity, indoor plumbing and central heat.

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The North Fork of the Shenandoah River, Strasburg, Virginia. April 7, 2014.

German settlers moved into this part of Virginia in the 1740s; the town of Strasburg was chartered in 1761.  The town was located on the bank of the North Folk of the Shenandoah River, a location we visited on a rainy day during our stay.


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