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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.

Fontana lake from Hwy 28

Fontana lake from an overlook on Highway 28.

There are a couple of overlooks on the way to Fontana. The photo above shows just one of the great views.

Mom at the Overlook

Mom at the Overlook

My mom enjoying the overlook. Then the one thing happens that a photographer should NEVER do – give him mom the camera.

Whale-Ho.

Whale-Ho.

Of course, she wants to take my picture. (Let the nightmares begin!)

Fontana Lake from another Overlook.

Fontana Lake from another Overlook.

This is just another shot of Fontana Lake from a second Overlook.

Same overlook, but a view of the mountains.

Same overlook, but a view of the mountains.

It was a nice sunny day and the clouds made some great patterns on the mountain-sides.

A group of bikers ride by.

A group of bikers ride by.

A group of bikers ride by.

A group of bikers ride by.

A group of bikers ride by.

A group of bikers ride by.

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.

There has been a lot of rain in the NC mountains lately and the water level was pretty high. You'll notice logs and debris by the overflow drains.

There has been a lot of rain in the NC mountains lately and the water level was pretty high. You’ll notice logs and debris by the overflow drains.

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┬áthe nice picnic pavillion just before you get to the dam.

Lake view from the picnic pavillion.

Lake view from the picnic pavillion.

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.

Found along a trail from the pavillion to a little overlook.

Found along a trail from the pavillion to a little overlook.

Yellow Flower and Bee.

Yellow Flower and Bee.

There were several different flowers and mushrooms along this little meandering trail that went from the picnic pavillion to an overlook.

 

Water entered the overflow drain from two points and ran down one large tunnel, emptying to a river at the bottom of the dam.

Water entered the overflow drain from two points and ran down one large tunnel, emptying to a river at the bottom of the dam.

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.

Water charging down the concrete "hole"!

Water charging down the concrete “hole”!

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!


Small Waterfall on US221 – April 9, 2012

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.

Small Waterfall

F16; 1/5 second; ISO 800.


EH Sloop Chapel at Crossnore School – Fresco – April 8, 2012

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.

A link to the Ben H. Long, IV fresco trail.


River at Linville Gorge – September 29, 2011

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.

Slippery When Wet


Photo of the Day – 7-6-2011

 

The Smoky Mountains