Valentine’s Along the Blue Ridge

Lake Lure Mountains in Winter
The mountains along the Blue Ridge Escarpment surrounding Lake Lure are always more beautiful in the dead of winter when the humidity is near zero, and the temperature is near freezing. That’s Chimney Rock Mountain on the far left, then Rumbling Bald and Mt. Shumont, and finally Young’s Mountain along the eastern shore. The view is from Arrowood Road in the foothills of Rutherford County.

Wolf Pen Mountain at Sunrise
Wolf Pen Mountain on the western wall of Otter Creek Valley catches the sunrise light on a frigid morning.

Otter Creek Sandbar
Otter Creek wends its way through a gorge revealing a large sandbar formed during a recent rain. The cliffside is a mixture of Rhododendron, Mountain Laurel, and various other winter evergreens.

Otter Creek Chandelier Ice
Air filled “Chandelier Ice” forms along Otter Creek from the foam created by water rushing over rocks.

Pond Ice along Otter Creek
With temps in the upper teens, ice was forming in the small ponds along a branch of Otter Creek.

Rustic Log Cabin on Otter Creek
A rustic log cabin enjoys a panoramic view of Otter Creek from its perch on a high bluff.

Golden Lab Hunter at Otter Creek
Hunter, a 17 year old Golden Lab, finds a precarious causeway near a man made waterfall flowing into Otter Creek.

Blue Ridge Escarpment
Just one more look at the Blue Ridge along Lake Lure. Snow is coming in two days. This is the calm before the storm.

4 thoughts on “Valentine’s Along the Blue Ridge

  1. | | | | | Beautiful photos…….could frame any one of them.  It is cold here……36 this am………..stay warm and don’t slip on the ice.Happy Valentines day. LovePatsy

    |

    |

    | | | Stationery, a Yahoo Mail and Paperless Post collaboration |

    |

    From: Living in The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina- A Blog To: pjcar119@yahoo.com Sent: Saturday, February 14, 2015 12:12 PM Subject: [New post] Valentine’s Along the Blue Ridge #yiv7885969995 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv7885969995 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv7885969995 a.yiv7885969995primaryactionlink:link, #yiv7885969995 a.yiv7885969995primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv7885969995 a.yiv7885969995primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv7885969995 a.yiv7885969995primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv7885969995 WordPress.com | Carolina Vann posted: “The mountains along the Blue Ridge Escarpment surrounding Lake Lure are always more beautiful in the dead of winter when the humidity is near zero, and the temperature is near freezing. That’s Chimney Rock Mountain on the far left, then Rumbling Bald an” | |

  2. Beautiful as always. It is dreary here on the other side of the mtn. Not looking forward to the cold and wind. Little snow would be nice. Nancy

  3. Always beautiful pictures. My husband and I finally moved to Lake Lure in October (from Jupiter, FL). We love it! Thanks for sharing your pictures. I haven’t seen any Miami Art Deco art in Larkin’s. I haven’t walked the entire restaurant, just eaten there a few times.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s