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!
US Highway 221 between Grandfather Mountain and Blowing Rock is littered with these small waterfalls and I decided to check this one out. I had the pleasure of seeing several really good photographers post long exposures of flowing waters and wanted to try this. But being without filters or a tripod, wasn’t sure I could pull it off.
So finding a spot in the shadows to eliminate the bright sunlight, I sat the camera on a rock wall for stabilization and shot several test pictures, finally settling on this one. I think I got lucky! Enjoy.
F16; 1/5 second; ISO 800.
Ben H. Long, IV, a North Carolina native and world famous fresco artist, has created a trail of fresco paintings in churches throughout the NC mountains. A fresco is a paining created while the plaster in the wall is still wet, making the artwork a permanent part of the building.
This piece, “Suffer The Little Children” is located in Crossnore, NC at the Crossnore School in the EH Sloop Chapel. Churches are one of my favorite subjects and this one did not disappoint. A beautiful day and a beautiful church held this very beautiful fresco. Enjoy.
I took my Mom on a weekend trip to Blowing Rock, hitting several of the sites during the whirlwind trip! She had never been to Grandfather Mountain and that was one of the first places we visited. After the rains of the previous days, the sky was absolutely beautiful! This tree, as with most of the trees at the top are permanently bent due to the high winds that whip across the peak. Unverified accounts have winds as high as 200 mph, but those are unverified. Enjoy the photo. There will be more in the coming days.
On a motorcycle trip to the mountains (Kyle Petty Victory Ride) with my brother, we stopped to shoot some rafters on the Nantahala River. As they passed, we got in our cars and drove down to see if we could get additional pics from another angle and saw these two bridges. Of course there was a car stopped there and some guy out looking around, but I was able to snap a few shots after he left. Enjoy.
Before I became involved so heavily in soccer, I used to camp in the mountains and really enjoyed it! I took a little camping trip to Linville in the Pisgah National Forest, back in 1977 or 1978 and snapped a few photos with my camera – I believe an old Sears 35mm SLR. This is one of the photos from that trip. No special effects, and not particularly well composed, but looking at it now (after some PSE black and white touch up), it wasn’t bad for someone taking a few snapshots! Enjoy.
While visiting Fontana village, I had the pleasure of taking a pontoon boat out on Lake Fontana, getting several really good pictures. This first one, on the water near the dam didn’t mean much to me – until later I took the car and drove down to the other side and snapped the second photo, showing just how deep the water was! Enjoy.