Posts Tagged ‘Tennessee’

Flowing Water in the Smokies

February 7, 2017

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Both Betsy and I have mentioned the extreme drought we had in this part of Tennessee during the latter part of 2016.  We haven’t completely recovered in spite of rains over the past few weeks, but the situation has certainly improved.

We weren’t sure what to expect when we visited the Smokies in mid-January of this year.  But we were happy to see water flowing in Middle Prong Little River in the Tremont area of the park, as can be seen in the photo above.  That’s Lower Spruce Flat Falls in the background.

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We could even enjoy flowing water from the balcony of our room at Rocky Waters Inn in Gatlinburg.

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The next day we went to the Greenbrier section of the park and hiked along Middle Prong Little Pigeon River.  It, too, was beautiful.

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Although we very much enjoy hiking, sometimes we just have to sit and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us.

Autumn Iris

November 8, 2016

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Betsy and I are fortunate to be able to enjoy iris at various locations in our yard.  I like iris not only because they are beautiful but also because they require relatively little care (unlike our roses!).

When Betsy and I started getting serious about our yard, we discovered that there were such things as reblooming iris.  Most of the iris we have are rebloomers, so we can enjoy the blossoms twice a year.  It’s rather like doubling our pleasure.

The iris in the header is Cantina.  This beauty has been in our yard for several years, and I always marvel at the color.

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Clarence is another iris that we’ve enjoyed over the years.  It is in the flower bed near the road, so we share it with people passing by.

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One of our newer iris is Lemon Duet.  This is actually the first time it has bloomed for us in October, but we’re very glad it did.

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My Friend Jonathan has been a good friend and has put on a spring and autumn show ever since he joined our yard.

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Double Your Fun is a newer iris for us as well.  The drought kept it from developing normally, but the colors are still gorgeous, so I could leave it out.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our autumn iris blossoms as much as we do.

A Visit to Cades Cove

September 20, 2016

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In mid-August Betsy and I took a day to visit with our friends Judy and Charlie at their campsite in the Cades Cove Campground.  We always enjoy a visit to Cades Cove (or any other part of the Smokies as far as that is concerned!).

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Camping at Cades Cove is an annual event for Judy and Charlie, and we try to visit with them each year.  They are experienced campers and always make us feel welcome when we visit with them.

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After our visit, Betsy and I drove to the beginning of the Cades Cove Loop Road.  We didn’t have enough time to drive through the cove, but we could stop and get some pictures.

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My Beautiful Bride is always happy whenever we are in the Smokies.

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As we were heading home we stopped at the Townsend Visitor Center for one last look at our beautiful Tennessee sky and Mountains.

The Women in My Life

August 23, 2016

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They say confession is good for the soul.  I hope ‘they’ are right, because I feel I really should confess about some of the ladies in my life.  If you go beyond this paragraph, however, you have to promise not to tell Betsy about my confession.

One of the first ladies I see each summer is Janice Brown.  She’s very pretty and perky, as you can tell by the photo above.

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I must admit to being partial to blondes, and the bright yellow of Carolyn Criswell is always a delight to see.

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Judith is somewhat shy, but she is always a joy to have around.

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I have a great deal of Irish in me, so I suppose it’s natural that I’ve been drawn to Dublin Elaine.  In my mind there aren’t many like her in this world.

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Of course it’s hard to think of the Irish without picturing fiery redheads.  Lady Lucille definitely fits that description.

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Last, but not least, is Lady Elizabeth.  I suppose I shouldn’t feel too guilty about seeing her; after all Betsy’s first name is Elizabeth.

There — you have my confession.  I wonder when I’ll start to feel better?

Down Memory Lane: Trying to Feel Cooler

July 27, 2016

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It’s been down-right hot hear on the Cumberland Plateau for the past couple of weeks, and promised relief just never shows up.  So I thought perhaps I could feel more comfortable by revisiting an excursion my Beautiful Bride and I took to the Smokies in January, 2013.

We were on our way to visit Cades Cove, but we stopped along the West Prong of Little River on the way so we could visit Meadow Branch Cascade.

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As you can tell from the picture above, it was decidedly cooler than it is now.  While I scrambled down the bank of the river to get pictures, Betsy kept an eye on me from the safety of the road.

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I thought the point where the base of the cascade met the river was a pretty sight.

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The West Prong Little River is definitely little before it meets the cascade, but it flowed clear and cold on the day of our visit.

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We like visiting the Smokies because we always see something new.  We never expected to see a dolphin smiling at us as he stuck is snout out of the rushing water.

Early to Rise

June 15, 2016

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“Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”

I wonder if they still teach that saying from Old Richard’s Almanac?  I’ve given up on the wealthy and wise part of the saying, but my Beautiful Bride and I are hoping the healthy benefits of early rising hold true.

A nearly full moon greeted us as we left the house one early morning. May 23, 2016.

It isn’t always easy to get out of bed (and out of the house) before the crack of dawn, but we try.  Fortunately we are often greeted by a beautiful sight such as the one above.

Some days are cloudy, but there is still beauty to be found.

Dawn's early light on a cloudy morning. April 25, 2016.

Clear skies have a spectacular predawn beauty of their own.  The colors are amazing.

A crescent moon in the dawn sky behind our house. April 5, 2016.

In addition to beautiful skies, we are usually treated to the songs of birds as we make our way around the golf course.  The peace and serenity can be felt.

Good Morning World! The sun popping over the mountains. May 4, 2016.

And we know we can count on the sun to rise over the mountains to the east and show us the way home.

A light to show us the way. The fourteenth hole of Druid Hills Golf Course. April 30, 2016.

Thoughts of Spring — Memories of that white stuff

March 14, 2016

Spring is now officially less than a week away, and some of us — myself included — are thinking of green grass, fragrant flowers and warm days.  We’re glad to leave Old Man Winter behind.

Others, however, (and I’m not mentioning any names)  are less happy to leave Winter behind.  As most of you know, my Beautiful Bride loves snow.  She really likes it when she can watch it snow through the day, and when it clings to trees and bushes.

Betsy says we never get enough snow here in the Glade, and I will admit that other places around here get more than we get.  But we do get snow, even if it’s not a memorable blizzard.

I put this slideshow together to help Betsy remember the snow we got year.  The pictures were all taken around our house or on our morning walks on the golf course.  Hopefully it will help her get through the long months before Old Man Winter pays us a return visit.

Spring Has Sprung

March 26, 2015

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In the last few days we’ve had beautiful weather and Spring bulbs have burst into bloom.  We have several varieties of daffodils in our flower beds, and these have all brightened our days this week.

Unfortunately, we’re predicted to have two nights of below-freezing temperatures Friday and Saturday.  We can only hope we have some of these blossoms around on Sunday morning.

Our World: Trimming Damaged Trees

March 16, 2015
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Can you see him up in the tree? Getting damaged trees trimmed. Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. March 2, 2015

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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 my last post, I told about the week of storms we had February 17 – 23.  If you missed that post, you can see it HERE.

Once we got our electricity back on, our biggest concern was the broken tree tops dangling from the trees around our house.  Fortunately we were able to get a crew to do the work very efficiently.

One of the men was apparently unafraid of heights (as you can see from the photo above), and scampered up to the breaks and began to cut them free so they could be lowered to the ground.  While he was up there he even admired the view he had of the mountains in the distance.  I was happy he was up the tree, and not me.

A closer look at the man in the tree.  March 2, 2015.

A closer look at the man in the tree. March 2, 2015.

He had to climb three trees to clean up all the breaks.  In each case the branches were lowered to the ground where they were cut into smaller pieces so they could be moved more easily.

The truck loaded with cut-up tree tops ready to be hauled away.  Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  March 2, 2015.

The truck loaded with cut-up tree tops ready to be hauled away. Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. March 2, 2015.

Finally the smaller pieces were loaded onto their truck and hauled away.  As you can see, they had quite a load when they were finished.  Now it’s up to Betsy and me to get all the remaining small branches and twigs cleaned up.  I don’t think we’ll be bored.

Down Memory Lane: The Smokies in the Spring (2001)

February 16, 2015

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Betsy and I visited the Smoky Mountains in May, 2001.  I had never spent much time in the Smokies, but I had an excellent guide since Betsy had visited them when she lived in Tennessee earlier.  We very much enjoyed the beautiful green of the mountains and the flowing clear waters of the streams.

In the collage above, you see Betsy on the deck of the Wonderland Lodge, where we stayed, on the upper left.  A view of Newfound Gap, near the Tennessee/North Carolina border is on the upper right.

A nice man took the picture of Betsy and me along Mill Creek in Cades Cove.  In the lower center is a photo of the John Oliver cabin, also in Cades Cove.  I got the picture of Betsy along Mill Creek which is on the lower right of the collage.

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