Visit to Fontana Lake and Dam
My 85-year old mom loves the mountains, I love the beach – though I don’t mind the mountains. So when I take her somewhere . . . we go to the mountains. (sigh) But it isn’t bad and she loves the views. I took a few shots of Fontana Dam, the Lake and other things I found interesting.
There are a couple of overlooks on the way to Fontana. The photo above shows just one of the great views.
My mom enjoying the overlook. Then the one thing happens that a photographer should NEVER do – give him mom the camera.
Of course, she wants to take my picture. (Let the nightmares begin!)
This is just another shot of Fontana Lake from a second Overlook.
It was a nice sunny day and the clouds made some great patterns on the mountain-sides.
One thing you can always see in the NC mountains . . . motorcycles, and plenty of them. I’ve brought my bike up here on a couple of occasions.
These overflow drains were very interesting – as you will see in a couple of photos below. There has been excessive amounts of rain in the NC mountains and the water was flowing! This shot is taken from the nice picnic pavillion just before you get to the dam.
This was taken from the picnic pavillion and is another great view. This would make a great place for a picnic reunion or just a family outing.
There were several different flowers and mushrooms along this little meandering trail that went from the picnic pavillion to an overlook.
I’ll have to admit that if you have a fear of water and heights, this view (and the next) can be a bit disconcerting. This is water from the overflow drains at Fontana Dam.
I had to lean over a safety railing and hold my camera out over this “pit”! (Yes, I was very nervous!) I love this angle. Even the shot doesn’t show the magnitude in size of this drain!