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 on the western wall of Otter Creek Valley catches the sunrise light on a frigid morning.
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.
Air filled “Chandelier Ice” forms along Otter Creek from the foam created by water rushing over rocks.
With temps in the upper teens, ice was forming in the small ponds along a branch of Otter Creek.
A rustic log cabin enjoys a panoramic view of Otter Creek from its perch on a high bluff.
Hunter, a 17 year old Golden Lab, finds a precarious causeway near a man made waterfall flowing into Otter Creek.
Just one more look at the Blue Ridge along Lake Lure. Snow is coming in two days. This is the calm before the storm.