Enjoy the Colorful Photographic Impressions by Vann Helms
The corn field along Otter Creek hides its best color underneath the stalks.
After an unusually cool summer, with many mornings reaching the upper 40’s, the trees and shrubs on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge are already beginning to display those colors that make this area so popular with tourist in the fall. We’re still two months away from the peak of color along the Blue Ridge Parkway around Grandfather mountain, but you wouldn’t know that by looking at the woods today.
Just south of Interstate 40, and ten miles north of picturesque Lake Lure, is a fertile bottomland valley known as Montford Cove. The “Cove” refers to Cove Creek that flows south towards the Broad River east of Lake Lure. Corn and soybeans are the major crops, and Black Angus cattle graze in the expansive pastures.
From mid August until September, the corn will be ready to harvest.
Sometimes, especially after an early morning rain, I like to go deep into the woods along a small creek and make new discoveries. In this part of the mountains, the forest floor seldom sees direct sunlight, and the trees and shrubs reach up to gather what small amount of light gets through.
Even in late morning, everything is still wet, and the smell of decaying leaves fills the heavy air.
At the bottom, a meandering branch makes its way eventually to Otter Pond, much further down the mountain.
In the dark wetness, funghi burst forth like coral on a reef.
About ten miles east of the Blue Ridge Escarpment along Lake Lure, you’ll find the most pastoral setting imaginable. Wide expanses of green rolling hills carry the eye to the distant horizon. This is the western edge of the Piedmont Plateau.
Dairy cows stay cool around a pasture pond, with Tryon Mountain barely visible to the south.
Late summer Honeysuckle winds around a Trumpet Vine as the Sun begins to set. This area between Rutherfordton and Lake Lure has remained relatively unchanged for decades. Why does it remind me of Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony?
I have totally reworked an earlier post about American paintings of the 19th Century. Check it out. Click on “View Original” at the bottom of this post to see the updated version. Vann
Originally posted on Living in The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina- A Blog:
I have always admired the American landscape painters of the 19th century, and I wanted to share a few of my favorites that have inspired me in my photography. Because there was no color photography when these paintings were made, the artists had to balance the light and color that would showcase the scene in the best possible way. That’s what I try to do with my work. The artists included Thomas Cole, Thomas Moran, and Paul Hansen. This style of painting became part of America’s first art movement, known as the “Hudson River School”, because most of the earliest scenes featured the Catskill Mountains along the Hudson River. Later artists used the mountains of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and the Carolinas for their inspiration.
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Sometimes I like to share images that don’t fit into a specific subject area. Here are some photos that I have made recently around the valley. Hot weather has never arrived, and a 55 degree reading this morning felt more like autumn than late July.
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