Archive | June 2010

Crazy about a Mercury

Day 181 of 365

Pink Mercury


Scarlet Hibiscus

Day 180 of 365

Scarlet Hibiscus


Day 179 of 365

This poor little birdie flew in through the open door of the screened-in porch but couldn’t seem to figure out how to fly back out.  After leaving him alone for a day (and leaving the porch doors open), I shooed him out with the broom.

Bird trapped on screened-in porch

Mosaic Monday: North Carolina Quilt Trail

It has been quite some time since I participated in Mosaic Monday at the Little Red House blog.  I thought I would jump back in tonight by highlighting some of the photos from my recent trip to the North Carolina mountains.  These photos show a few of the buildings that make up the Quilt Trails of Western North Carolina.  As I drove through the countryside, I made a game out of hunting for these barns and other buildings, and it was such a thrill when I would spot one.  Next time I visit the mountains, I think I’ll do some advance research, so I’ll know where to hunt.

To enjoy more mosaics, please visit Mosaic Monday at Little Red House. 

 Mosaic of Barns from NC Quilt Trail

John Blue House

Day 170 of 365

Today I met my family in Laurinburg for a Father’s Day outing.  On the way home, I decided to drive by the John Blue House, the historic home of one of Scotland County’s more prominent residents.  The house was not open, but as I was snapping a few photos of the outside, one of the volunteers came and offered to open up for me.  The private tour was absolutely delightful!  This house is truly one of Scotland County’s treasures.

John Blue House

The Historic Orchard at Altapass

Day 169 of 365

I am so glad I discovered this gem along the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Originally, the apple orchard was planted by the Clinchfield Railroad, whose tracks curved through the region.   Today the orchard continues to produce apples and is the site of an Appalachian Cultural Center.  For more information, visit their website

The Orchard at Altapass

Along the Mountain Backroads

Day 168 of 365

For today’s adventures, I decided to abandon the Blue Ridge Parkway and explore the mountain backroads.  I hoped those routes would offer more of the rural scenes that I love to photograph, but I found the countryside to be even more beautiful than I expected.  I also found new photography challenges.  This flatlander isn’t accustomed to curvy mountain road with extremely narrow shoulders, so there were countless scenes that I didn’t shoot simply because I was too scared to stop.  But all the same, I came away with a number of keepers like this shot of a barn in Avery County.

Farm in Avery County