Last Weekend of Autumn 2019

This year, Autumn’s final weekend was a tad later than usual. Spending Saturday afternoon at Lake Lure brought surprisingly bright color. With a lake elevation of barely 900 feet, combined with the effect of warmer water, Lake Lure is always a late bloomer…

lake lure 34,000 foot Mt Shumont behind 2,800 foot Rumbling Bald Mountain  never disappoint when it comes to sheer drama…

Lake Lure 1Yacht Club Island, originally known as Snake Island, guards the entrance to the cove that leads to the “Million Dollar Dam”.  Unusual Boat Houses have always separated Lake Lure from other man-made lakes in the mountains.

lake lure 23,200 foot Stone Mountain catches the last rays of sun.

A twenty minute drive north to Elliott Mountain finds the last of the Sugar Maples still hanging on…

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On Sunday, just 75 miles northeast of Lake Lure, Grandfather Mountain has a dusting from the season’s first snow…grandfather 1

Facing Grandfather is the Residence for Saint Bernadette’s Catholic Church…bernadettes

Another twenty minutes northwest is 5,100 foot Sugar Mountain, who opened for skiers early this year after a record breaking 14 degrees during the past week, sending snow-making machines into full production. A 3″ snowfall helped jumpstart what hopes to be a record season…sugar 3

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An easy drive back to the Blue Ridge Parkway  south of Linville Falls revealed the last patches of color from a popular Overlook…parkway 3Dobson’s Knob north of Marion dominates the Catawba River Valley…

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A 2,000 foot plunge down from the Parkway finds the Catawba at low water at sunset…catawba 1

catawba 2The main flow of the river could still accommodate a kayak or two…

After almost six weeks of Autumn splendor, the Blue Ridge Mountains are poised to welcome Winter.

 

 

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