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.
Monthly Archives: October 2014
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.
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….
There were also several popular rides….
….and, of course, the traditional festival cuisine….
To top off the day, there will be live music this evening…
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.
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.
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