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Saturday, July 23, 2011

A Few Favorites

We are in the middle of a major heat wave, and my camera and I have been pretty much staying in the air conditioning. So, since I haven't been out to look for new photo opportunities, I decided to dig out a few old photos to share.

HPIM1831a-Butterfly in Tulip Tree
The tulip tree (also called tulip poplar or yellow poplar) is Indiana's state tree. They're not really a common "landscape" tree and are found mostly in woods. But a friend of ours had this tree in her yard, and we just happened to be there when it was in bloom. And then, as an added bonus, this butterfly appeared on the scene.

HPIM1024a-Butterfly in Pink Bush
And this butterfly was on a gorgeous azalea bush at the Dairy Queen in Cherokee, North Carolina.

HPIM1273-Woods, River, Mist
Mist hanging over a mountain stream in the Smoky Mountains.

HPIM0296-Along Middle Prong Trail
A small, unnamed waterfall on the Middle Prong Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

HPIM0562-From Gatlinburg Overlook
An autumn view from a Gatlinburg overlook on the Gatlinburg Bypass in the Smokies.

HPIM0610-Campbell Overlook
A view of fall colors from Campbell Overlook, one of my favorite views in Smoky Mountain National Park.

HPIM1671-Rooster at Oconaluftee Visitor Center
This is one of my favorite photos. It was taken in the spring of the year at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in the Smokies, where there is a sort of replica of a farm as it might have existed before the area became a national park. I had seen this rooster under the forsythia bush, but the sunshine made it impossible to see anything on the LCD screen of my camera; and I would have had to get down in the dirt to frame the picture in the viewfinder. So I just held the camera low and clicked the shutter, having no idea whether I was getting anything at all. I was pleasantly surprised with the resulting image.

24 comments:

  1. Gorgeous pictures, Linda... Makes me yearn for FALL--and yearn to visit the Smokies again soon...

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  2. Beautiful shots of the butterflies! I especially love the first one. And now I'm remembering the months Eddie spent in the Smokies at his National Park Ranger Training. Sooo gorgeous. Would love to go back someday.

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  3. Lovely shots, I lie the one you fired hoping to catch the rooster. That is why i like the flip up viewer with my latest camera.

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  4. Thanks, Betsy. We're always watching the weather in the Smokies, ready to run down for a visit whenever the weather looks accommodating. :)

    Thank you, Elizabeth. I wonder if we ever met Eddie on a trail in the Smokies when he was doing his training.

    Thanks kindly, Steve. I do have a rotating viewer on my current camera. It's become an essential tool for me now.

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  5. Oh my,each of these pictures is gorgeous.I know that sometime I have to visit the Smokies in the fall.Ok,I'll be honest,I just want to visit that area at any time of year.I have never been there,but your pictures and those of others I see make me want to go.

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  6. Ruth - It's a beautiful area, for sure. It can be very hot and muggy during the summer, though. We try to go in Spring and Fall...usually April and October, but sometimes even March and early November. If you can go only once, the fall color season is a must. It's best if you can walk some of the trails, but there's a lot to see from a vehicle, too.

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  7. Of course, you know I love those mountains! The best photos are those that surprise me when I upload to my computer; your last photo is a prize.

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  8. Thanks so much, Deb. I know you love those mountains as much as we do. And that last photo has continued to be a favorite of mine. I'm glad you like it, too.

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  9. These are just beautiful photos, Linda! The colors are amazing...I do love the Smoky Mountains...haven't been on a trip your way for several years so you've got me thinking about it, again!

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  10. Thanks for your kind remarks, Cheryl. You should definitely make the Smokies a vacation destination soon. :)

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  11. I can see why these are your favourites. They're wonderful. I do love that rooster the best. He makes me feel like eating corn flakes. ;)

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  12. Thank you kindly, Hilary. And thank you for continuing to visit my blog while on your "summer schedule." :)

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  13. Linda...I remember when you took that first picture (yellow butterfly) at my house. I have saved it on my computer and enjoy seeing it quite often. And I remember when you took the rooster picture. I didn't have digital then, so my picture is "okay" but yours is beautiful. That trip convinced me to get a digital camera....which I did a couple months later.

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  14. Pat - I think of that tree every time I drive by your old house. I always want to stop and see if the tree is in bloom and if there might be another yellow butterfly just waiting to have its picture taken. I've never seen that forsythia bush blooming so gloriously again, either, nor a rooster like that one anywhere around the Visitor Center. Photos truly capture a moment in time that can't be duplicated.

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  15. Oh, that rooster! It's my favorite because of the textures, the stark contrast of sunlight and shadow, and that magnificent old fence!

    The dairy Queen? Seriously? Wow, that's some landscaping for a Dairy Queen. Our closest DQ has...concrete.

    Our back yard is filled with tulip poplars. They're lovely, but I hate it when the branches fall and they have those horrid thorny spikes. My days of walking barefoot abruptly ended when I stepped on one of those!

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  16. Ethelmae - Thank you for your lovely compliment on the rooster photo. It's my favorite, too, for all the reasons you mentioned.

    That Dairy Queen in Cherokee has moved to a new location, and the azalea is now adorning the old abandoned location. The new location is decorated with...concrete. :)

    I didn't know about the thorny spikes on tulip trees. I'll have to look for those. Meantime, keep your shoes on.

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  17. What wonderful, wonderful photo's ... you do your blog name justice! :o)

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  18. Deborah - That's the nicest compliment you could give me. Thanks so much.

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  19. breathtaking beauty...awesome pics :)

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  20. Muhammad Israr - Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment.

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  21. You chose some good ones from the archives.

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  22. Those landscapes are stunning. Beautiful.

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  23. Thanks, Keith. You're very kind.

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