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Life in the Carolina Mountains

Sharing life in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Updated: 2018-04-16T04:40:05.190-07:00


Flowers from the Yard



Our yard is full of day lilies, bee balm, and wildflowers.  I am always grateful for the previous owners' green thumbs!  Without theirs the yard would be pretty bare.  Our yearly visitor of a young male turkey is back and comes by to raid the bird feeder.

This summer is going by too fast and I have not gotten anything done!  Most of my time has been full of caring for our diabetic cat Georgie - she was very ill from mismanaged diabetes but is turning the corner and seems to be stable.

But then the heat is sapping what little is left of my energy so I have not been as active hiking this year as in the past.  This is going on week number three of temps int he high 80s or low 90s.  Not the norm.  Hope everyone stays cool and has a pleasant weekend!

Warren Wilson College Trail


 This is a great easy trail  to take your dog along like we did.  The trail follows along a creek to our left with farmland to our right.  We let Madoo off leash and he had a great  time fetching sticks.

We are participating in Our World Tuesday.

Watauga River in Spring


Taken last month along the Watauga River near Boone, NC. 
For more Weekend Reflections click here.

I was visiting a friend  who lives in the area and all of this was close by -
a lovely walk through farmland and along the river.

View from Flat Rock


 Hiked this trail a few weeks back.  It runs off the Blue Ridge Parkway and is a moderate hike to the top and down.  Looking towards Grandfather Mountain.

Flash Back Friday - Lake Lure


From spring 2014 - also processed to look like a watercolor.  When I get impatient for spring to arrive I love to drive down about 1000' to Lake Lure from my home. The temperatures are warmer and the plants are further along in spring than at my house. 

I am taking part in Weekend Reflections
Click on the link and see more great reflection shots.

Throw Back Thursday - Hickory Nut Falls, Chimney Rock


I seem to have lost my direction for this blog.  I am posting more on Facebook under Carolina Mountains - see the side bar for the link.  I don't want to give it up entirely so I will post photos from around the area like this. I took this in 2014 but processed it differently for Throw Back Thursday!

For Skywatch Friday - Grove Park Inn


For Skywatch Friday - the historic Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC.  I processed this to look like a watercolor.  Wishing y'all a great weekend!



 Rain, freezing rain, snow and sleet fell last night and this morning in the mountains.  Some of the trees at the lower elevation of our valley are covered in ice but the temps are rising slowly.  Be careful out there folks!

Mountain Skies


This winter has been a gloomy dark one but without snow - just a lot of rain.  I took this from the Grove Park Inn in Asheville overlooking the Great Smoky Mountains.  The sun had just peaked through the clouds for a brief moment.

Fall Color - Graveyard Fields off the Blue Ridge Parkway


These were taken last week just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.  It is past peak color there now.  Last year I didn't make it for the peak so i was excited to see the rich colors.  This area is at 5000 feet elevation.

Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival - 2014


 During the last weekend of August the town of Asheville holds this event mainly for the locals to relax and have fun after the tourist season is over.  There are bands, food trucks, microbrewery beer vendors, artists and lots of fun things to do and watch.  Attendees are encouraged to dress in fun colorful clothing.Watching the action form aboveFood trucks lined up in a circleBubble blowersHula hoopersAnd musicOur World Tuesday - to see more of our world click here.[...]

Seven Sisters


Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain with the Seven Sisters range in the background.

The Seven Sisters are a locally well-known, much-beloved range above Montreat and Black Mountain, N.C. The range is only about three and a half miles long, encompassing seven neatly ascending “sisters” leading to their “father,” Graybeard Mountain. Four of the sisters are presently on Summitpost.

The range is a delight to traverse from one end to the other. A marked trail, the West Ridge Trail, runs from the second sister to Graybeard. (from hiking site

To see more photos of our world, click Our World Tuesday.

Before I Die Project - Asheville


 This wall is on Biltmore Ave in Asheville near Doc Chey's.  If you are not familiar with the project here is some background.

"After losing someone she loved, artist Candy Chang painted the side of an abandoned house in her neighborhood in New Orleans with chalkboard paint and a stenciled sentence, "Before I die I want to _____.!  Within a day of the wall's completion, it was covered in colorful chalk dreams as neighbors stopped and reflected on their lives.  Since then, more than 500 Before I Die walls have been created in over 65 countries and over 30 languages by passionate people all over the world."

To read more about this project or see more walls visit Before I Die.

Linking up with Our World Tuesday!

Tailgate Market


 Every Wednesday the local organic farmers, bakers and assorted food creators set up a marketplace next to the French Broad Food Co-op downtown Asheville.  You can find local produce, freshly baked bread, honey, flowers, bagels, goat milk soap and so much more.

One baker has his own wood fired oven with him and bakes all day long for the market - talk about freshly baked!

Of course there is always music to enjoy like these tow guys who were having a great time. 

Stop by Our World Tuesday for more glimpses of favorite places all over the world.

Lovely Visitor


After a cool night a few weeks back I found this lovely Lunar Moth resting on the gravel driveway.  I moved her to a safer spot and as soon as the sun warmed her up she flew off.

Sorry I have been neglecting this blog.  I still take many photos but have also gotten involved with an online photo group and moved this blog to Facebook - follow along  by LIKING the page in the sidebar.  Hope everyone is doing well and looking forward to seeing more of you. 

I am joining in on Our World Tuesday today!

Asheville's Many Modes of Transportation


Sorry I have been neglecting this blog - been taking lots of shots but Blogger is so slow when it comes to downloading photos!  These shots are from downtown Asheville - so many ways to get around besides car and foot!

They have added a horse and carriage ride, A bike version of the rickshaw and then the Pubcycle where you pedal while imbibing the latest micro brews!

Happy Mardi Gras!


 Asheville had its Mardi Gras parade on Sunday March 2 this year.  It was a lovely day int he 60s which made it nice for viewing and for being in it.  The theme was "Where the Wild Things Are" - a fun one.

"Laissez les bons temps rouler!"

February Snow - 2/12/14


Sherrill's Inn on Rte 74A
We got hammered  with snow - more than we had in a long time.  Monday we got an unexpected 2" of heavy wet snow.  We took a drive when the roads were clear to get supplies before the next storm arrived.  The snow was still stick to the trees and everything looked magical.  We drove on 74A over the ridge to Gerton and  down the other side, up 9 to Montreat,

Our car

 Then Wednesday the storm Pax hit leaving 9"! The county plowed our road on Thursday but we had to shovel the driveway ourselves.  It wasn't until Friday that we could get out and got to town.

Our driveway
Poor boxwood crushed under the snow
I hope everyone is shoveled out and that spring will bring some sun and mild temps soon.  We will be 60 degrees today - whoot whoot!

Smoky Mountain Sunset


According to the Groundhog, we have 6 more weeks of winter.  Somehow, I am not surprised with the way things have been going.  The Middle and Northeast of US will be blasted with three snow storms in a row this week - luckily our area is only getting rain.

I caught this lovely sunset last week, with just enough clouds to make  it interesting. The top pic is a close up of the same sunset viewed from the Grove Park Inn.  Hope everyone is surviving the winter cold and snow!

Hickory Nut Falls


Hickory Nut Falls in Chimney Rock, NC
It has been a cold wintry month but the snow amount has stayed to a dusting here and there.  I could do without the single digit temps and below zero windchills tho!  Thankfully all our animals are warm and safe indoors.

If you have animals or know of neighbors who do, please make sure they are inside or in a shelter. They can get frostbite too or even die in this kind of cold if they are left outdoors.

Be safe and stay warm!

Wintry Weather


 We had a dusting of snow a few days ago and I got these shots in.  The frost if from our front door and the heart I drew on the hood of my husband's truck!  I liked how the snow glittered int eh sun.

Our rhododendron tells the temp with the leaves.  They curl up tighter as the temp falls below freezing.  With the cold front blowing thru today and tomorrow they will be pretty tight tendrils.  Be safe everyone in the line of the arctic blast.  Keep your animals indoors or in a warm wind proof shelter.

Happy New Year!


 I am about half way thru my 365 photo a day project even tho I have been lapse in posting on this blog.  The collage includes my best shots from the projects as well as some I like from before I joined.

Wishing you all a peaceful joyous New Year!

Holiday Visit to Chimney Rock


 Over the holiday I drove a short drive to Chimney Rock for some photos of the Rocky Broad River which was running full due to the heavy rains we had.  The rock itself was open but you had to walk up the set of stairs to get to the top as the elevator was not working.  I viewed it from the ground!

Snow on Buddha


I have been remiss in posting here for a number of weeks.  During that time I lost my oldest kitty Yoko to oral cancer.  She was 20 and had lived a long wonderful life.  With her passing, two of my longest lived cats had passed this year - Chica went to the Rainbow bridge in March on my birthday at 22.

Another kitty ,Snowball has been having health issues and of course the holidays take up so much time.  Hopefully with the worst over, I will get back to posting daily.  I am taking and posting my photos on the site if you care to follow along there.

Late October in Biltmore Village


I am much better at posting on my Facebook page for Carolina Mountains so do follow along there too.  Lost my internet connection for a week or so and just been busy!  Here are some shots from late October in Biltmore Village.