Enjoy the Colorful Photographic Impressions created by Vann Helms
In this neck of the Mountains, hints of autumn are visible everywhere. The Sumac is already turning red. The Ironwood has tinted the roadsides an orange-red. Tulip Poplar has yellow leaves, and Blackberry vines turn orange and yellow after loosing all of their fruit. Even the Maples are aware of the approaching Fall.
Gypsy Moth webs are scattered around the pond…
While in South Florida earlier this summer, I spent time at MSD in Parkland, paying my respects to the children and teachers who were murdered and wounded in the insane rampage that occurred on February 14th. The campus was deserted for the summer, but the memorials that had been attached to the school “security” fences had not faded. A very moving experience for me…
With an abundance of rain this summer, the mountains around Lake Lure are especially green and lush.
4,000 foot Sugarloaf Mountain towers over the Lake from the eastern overlook…
Sugarloaf and Chimney Rock Mountains create the perfect panorama from this deck…
The historic Lake Lure Inn of 1927 guards the eastern entrance to Hickory Nut Gorge. The large beach is a popular place to cool down.
Rumbling Bald Mountain is impressive from Buffalo Shoals Road at the far north end of the lake.
Approaching Lake Lure from the northeast, Young’s Mountain, at 2,800 feet dominates the view, but Mount Shumont, at 4,100 feet looms over its smaller cousin.
With temps in the high 60’s, and super low humidity, one might think it was mid October instead of early July, along the eastern slopes of iconic Grandfather Mountain. Rough Ridge Trail leads from the Blue Ridge Parkway north of Linn Cove Viaduct, to a series of giant boulders and outcroppings near the 5,000 foot level of the Blue Ridge. The sky and the clarity of the view were just spectacular on this Sunday afternoon, and with cars parked a quarter mile along the Parkway from the trailhead, you would have thought that everyone in Blowing Rock and Boone was there to enjoy the rare conditions.
The Piedmont Plateau was very visible along the eastern horizon.
Linn Cove Viaduct was barely visible in the thick Summer forest near the summit of mile high Grandfather. (Upper center)
Grandfather was impressive behind this brave couple…
Yours truly found the perfect spot for a great sunbath… …and just couldn’t get enough of this incredible Blue Ridge afternoon.
On the hike back down the rocky trail, late Rhododendron caught the sun just right.
Just east of Lake Lure is Bill’s Mountain, named for the creek that flows around it’s northern slope. Not a tall mountain, it has the distinction of being the last mountain you see if you fly due south to the mountains of western Cuba. It is private, with the gated community of Vista at Bill’s Mountain being home to many glorious homes with amazing views of Lake Lure and the Hickory Nut Gorge.
It is shown here on a foggy summer morning….
Farms and smaller gated communities lie between the mountain and Lake Lure.
Bill’s Creek Road follows an old Cherokee trading path over the mountain, where you’ll find the Craftsmen style entrance gate at the 1,200 foot level.
Near the base of the mountain, along Bill’s Creek, is the abandoned Lake Lure Vineyards.
One of many private homes you’ll find near the lake with a view toward the mountain.
June 21st brought another memorable sunset along the Blue Ridge. These images were captured from my deck.
If, by chance, you see an image on my blog that you simply must have for your home or office, just drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send you price and size details. They would be on blocked canvas using a much larger file than used on my blog for the best quality. Here are some samples that others have ordered in the past.
Installation at Larkin’s-on-the-Lake restaurant at Lake Lure.
From atop Hawksbill Mountain on Linville Gorge.
Large 3 foot by 4 foot canvas in a home setting.
Storm Alberto brought over a foot of rain to most of these mountains in just four days. Creeks and rivers overflowed, and mudslides occurred in many places. Otter Creek, just below my house, rose more than six feet in a matter of hours. I made this short video on Thursday to capture the rage that a normally tranquil stream can muster when angry.
Otter Creek Road after a flash flood passed through…
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