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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.


One Lane Brides – October 21, 2011

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.

One Lane Bridges