Archive for November, 2011

Our World: November Roses

November 29, 2011

Peace Rose in our yard. November 13, 2011.

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We got to mid-November without a killing frost, so our roses continued to bloom.  Most of the leaves are off the trees, so it’s nice to still have some color in the yard.

The rose above is Peace, which since it’s introduction in 1945, has become the most  widely-planted rose in the world.  Sam McGredy, a famous rose hybridizer, said of the Peace rose “It’s as nearly perfect as a rose can be”.  I’m not sure about that, but we sure do like it.

Love and Peace Rose in our yard. November 13, 2011.

Love and Peace, a descendant of Peace, is another rose that put on a November show for us.

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Scenic Sunday: Abbott Lake

November 27, 2011

A view of Abbott Lake from our room at Peaks of Otter Lodge, Virginia. November 21, 2011.

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Betsy and I enjoy staying at the Peaks of Otter Lodge in Virginia when we are in that part of the company.  Last week we arrived after dark (driving the Parkway after dark can be quite adventure), but were treated to an early morning view of Abbott Lake from the balcony of our room.

Morning reflections in Abbott Lake, Peaks of Otter, Virginia. November 21, 2011.

Abbott Lake is man-made and is one of the attractions of the Peaks of Otter Park.  Fishing is permitted, but we just enjoy the beauty.

A small bridge on the path around Abbott Lake, Peaks of Otter, Virginia. November 21, 2011.

The park has several hiking trails.  One of the least strenuous is the trail around the lake.  It’s a great way to start the day.

SkyWatch Friday: Mountains and Clouds

November 18, 2011

The view from the Oconaluftee Valley overlook, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina. October 14, 2011.

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Betsy and I try to get to the Smokies several times a year to enjoy the mountains and the colors.  But the sky is almost always as beautiful as the mountains.  This was the case in mid-October.

We drove Newfound Gap Road from Gatlinburg, Tennessee, into North Carolina.  Once we got into North Carolina we stopped at the Oconaluftee Valley overlook.  There were still clouds left over from the overcast morning,  There was still a smoky appearance to the mountains, but what would you expect when visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park?

The view from the Webb overlook, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina. October 14, 2011.

By the time we got to the Webb overlook, the sky was much bluer.  The mountains seemed to stretch as far as the eye could see.

Webb overlook, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina. October 14, 2011.

The skies were definitely beautiful that day, but then too, so were the mountains.

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On a personal note, Betsy and I are taking a few of days off for some much-needed R&R.  We hope you all will have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  We’ll see you after Thanksgiving.

Watery Wednesday: Road Prong Falls

November 16, 2011

Road Prong Falls, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee. October 14, 2011.

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One of the joys of collecting waterfalls is finding one that you did not know was there.  Last month Betsy and I went to the Smokies to view the autumn color.  As I showed in my previous post, we drove along Newfound Gap road and stopped at several pull-ins to view the West Prong of Little Pigeon River.

When we came to the parking area for the trail to Chimney Tops we stopped because I knew the trail would have to cross the river before heading up to the Chimney Tops.  I hiked along the trail and as I came to the footbridge over the West Prong of Little Pigeon River, I noticed the small waterfall pictured above.

The waterfall wasn’t listed in any of the books we had, but a little research showed that Road Prong is the tributary entering the river from the right, and Road Prong Falls is the little waterfall I spotted.  What a nice unexpected surprise.

Our World: Water and Autumn Color

November 15, 2011

West Prong of the Little Pigeon River through the trees. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee. October 14, 2011.

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When Betsy and I visited Smoky Mountains National Park in October, we drove up Newfound Gap Road from Gatlinburg into North Carolina.  In the area of Chimney Tops the road follows the West Prong of Little Pigeon River.  Since we were stopping to admire the autumn colors, we could also catch glimpses of the river through the trees.

Autumn Color along Little Pigeon River, Smoky Mountains, Tennessee. October 14, 2011.

The river is neither very deep nor very wide along this stretch of road, but it is pretty as it tumbles over and around the boulders in the stream.  This is especially true when the trees are beginning to turn.

West Prong Little Pigeon River, Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee. October 14, 2011.

At some places the trees were far enough apart that we could catch a good glimpse of the water as it rushed down the mountain.

Scenic Sunday: Bali Terraces

November 13, 2011

Rice paddies on Bali. June, 1987.

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When I visited Bali back in 1987, I was very impressed with the terraces that had been constructed to make every possible square inch of land.  These are rice paddies in the mountains of Bali.

The picture above was scanned from a slide.

SkyWatch Friday: Moon Over the Glade

November 11, 2011

Moon in a blue sky above the red leaves of a tree at Lake Canterbury, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. November 5, 2011.

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Last Saturday Betsy and I were out enjoying the autumn colors at Lake Canterbury here in the Glade when Betsy pointed out the moon in the blue afternoon sky.  I managed to get this picture of the moon above some of the red leaves of a tree near the lake.

Moon over Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. November 5, 2011.

By the time we got home and I got my tripod out the sky was black, but I still managed to get this picture of the moon over Fairfield Glade.

Watery Wednesday: Blue Hole Falls

November 9, 2011

Blue Hole Falls, Old Stone Fort State Park, Tennessee. August 26, 2006.

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The pretty little waterfall above is Blue Hole Falls in Old Stone Fort State Park, Tennessee.  Blue Hole is one of three waterfalls around the perimeter of the park.  When we visited in  August, 2006, Tennessee was in the midst of a drought, so the water flow was low.  In spite of the drought, Blue Hole Falls is a peaceful, beautiful waterfall.

Our World: Fayette Station Rapids

November 8, 2011
Kayakers on the New River above Fayette Station Rapids. September 17, 2011. (Photo by Betsy)

Kayakers on the New River above Fayette Station Rapids. September 17, 2011. (Photo by Betsy)

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When Betsy and I got to the New River at the bottom of the gorge (click here to read about our trip down), we parked the car to walk over the bridge.  We wanted to get some pictures of the beautiful gorge, but when we got onto the bride Betsy noticed two kayakers, as seen in the picture above, getting ready to shoot the Fayette Station Rapids.

Kayakers approaching Fayette Station Rapids, New River Gorge, West Virginia. September 17, 2011.

The rapids were some distance downstream from the bridge, and the kayakers were moving too quickly for me to get back to the car to retrieve my telephoto lens.  So I did the best I could with my standard lens.  The kayakers are approaching the rapids in the picture above.

Kayakers shooting Fletcher Station Rapids, New River Gorge, West Virginia. September 17, 2011.

If you look carefully in the middle of this picture you can see two helmets and two paddles as the kayakers shoot the rapids.

Enlarged photo of the kayakers in the Fayette Station Rapids. September 17, 2011.

I cropped and enlarged the previous picture to give a slightly better picture of the kayakers in the rapids.  It’s a good thing it was a warm day.

Scenic Sunday: Lake Canterbury

November 6, 2011

Autumn colors in a tree at Lake Canterbury dock, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. November 5, 2011.

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Betsy and I took a ride this past Saturday afternoon to see what autumn color we could find here in the Glade.  The colors are past their peak, but we did find some trees with pretty rust-colored leaves.

The tree above is near a small pubic dock on Lake Canterbury here in the Glade.  We usually pass this lake when going to or from town.

Lake Canterbury, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. November 5, 2011.

There are some nice waterfront homes along that lake, but the reflections are more beautiful as far as we’re concerned.

Lake Canterbury, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. November 5, 2011.

The late afternoon sun made created a perfect autumn scene.