Monthly Archives: October 2014

Tracks

Tracks


Tracks, Asheville, NC

Rail, Sylva, NC


Rail, Sylva, NC

Tracks, Sylva, NC


Tracks, Sylva, NC

Switch, Sylva, NC


Switch, Sylva, NC

Of all the things we humans decorate the landscape with, train tracks are probably my favorite. I guess it’s not a very difficult choice considering that the other “decorations” include power lines, litter and barbed-wire fences.

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More Color

Red Leaves


Sun on red leaves near Brevard, NC

We had some very wet, windy weather last week and I thought it would strip the trees of their gorgeous outfits, but it didn’t. We’ve only had one or two nights when the temperature dipped below freezing so maybe the warm weather is stretching out the color change. Whatever is doing it, we are having an amazing autumn – warm, sunny days and intense color.

Berries

Red berries near Rosman, NC

Maple leaf


Maple leaf near Rosman, NC

Leaf


I didn’t mess with the sliders – it really was that color

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Halloweenfest

Halloweenfest, Brevard, NC

Halloweenfest, Brevard, NC

Brevard, North Carolina, has several festivals throughout the year, but being the county seat of Transylvania County, the Halloweenfest is one of the most popular. Usually, we have a liberal scattering of vampires, but I didn’t see any this year. Maybe vampires are passé this year.

But there were plenty of cute, fun and scary costumes….

Halloweenfest, Brevard, NC


A Cute Costume

Halloweenfest, Brevard, NC


Another Cute Costume

Halloweenfest, Brevard, NC


A Fun Costume

Halloweenfest, Brevard, NC


A Scary Costume

There were also several popular rides….

Halloweenfest, Brevard, NC


Courtesy Shuttle from the Parking Area

Halloweenfest, Brevard, NC


The Most Popular Festival Ride

Halloweenfest, Brevard, NC


A Rural Interpretation of Bumper-Cars

….and, of course, the traditional festival cuisine….

Halloweenfest, Brevard, NC


Ted’s Street Food

Halloweenfest, Brevard, NC


Traditional Festival Cuisine

To top off the day, there will be live music this evening…

Halloweenfest, Brevard, NC


Getting a Good Seat Early for the Live Show

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A Test

I’ve been meaning to do this test for a few weeks. It’s possible to link an image from a Flickr account into a WordPress blog post. The advantage of posting a photo this way is that a free Flickr account gives a user 1TB of storage, whereas a WordPress blog has only 3GB free storage. So linking photos from somewhere else is going to use up that 3GB a lot more slowly. Also, with a terabyte of storage, I don’t feel compelled to scale each image into oblivion, and I can freely deluge readers with images.

Here are two copies of the same image: the first uploaded to Flickr and linked into this post and the second uploaded into my blog’s WordPress media library and linked from there.

Puff

Puff: Link from Flickr

Puff

Puff: Uploaded to WP

Getting a caption on the Flickr-linked image required adding some stuff and clicking on the image to enlarge it launches Flickr. I added a target attribute to the anchor tag to make Flickr launch in a new window but I’m still waffling about that. Is it simpler to click your browser back button or close the newly-opened window?

Anyway, I’m looking at the two images and they look different. I squandered 4MB in order to upload the exact same .jpg to both Flickr and WP, but the puffs in the WP image seem lighter and there seems to be more sharpness in the Flickr image.

Maybe I just need new glasses…

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Avoiding the Traffic Jam

Along NC 215 North of the BRP, Heading towards Waynesville

Along NC 215 North of the BRP, Heading towards Waynesville

The Blue Ridge Parkway is undoubtedly the go-to place for observing and photographing the fall colors in Western North Carolina, but there is a lot of traffic this time of year.

Leaving the Parkway at NC State Road 215 near Beech Gap and going north towards Waynesville, you won’t miss any of the fall color. This road follows the West Fork of the Pigeon River so if you open your window, you’ll hear the water rushing over the rocky river bed and you’ll see several small waterfalls where the river’s tributaries flow down the mountainside.

Along NC State Road 215 North of the BRP, Heading towards Waynesville

Along NC State Road 215 North of the BRP, Heading towards Waynesville

Along NC State Road 215 North of the BRP, Heading towards Waynesville

Along NC State Road 215 North of the BRP, Heading towards Waynesville

Along NC State Road 215 North of the BRP, Heading towards Waynesville

Along NC State Road 215 North of the BRP, Heading towards Waynesville

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Open Arms

Craggy Correctional Center, Asheville, NC

Craggy Correctional Center, Asheville, NC

Peeling paint always catches my eye. We were running errands in Asheville this morning and I caught a glimpse of peeling institutional yellow paint so we made a detour. There’s something interesting about abandoned buildings, but this old closed prison was creepy. It’s even creepier in the photo – I borrowed Bob’s wide angle zoom for this so I could get the whole building and it almost appears to be stretching out its arms to gather victims into its maw.

Craggy Correctional Center, Asheville, NC

Craggy Correctional Center, Asheville, NC

But, not to worry: they’ve built a newer, bigger one to replace it.

“Zoos are full, prisons are overflowing… oh my, how the world still dearly loves a cage.”

– Maude, from the movie Harold and Maude, 1971

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Overcast

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13 October 2014 · 22:35