Archive for February, 2012

Falls on Reems Creek

February 28, 2012

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Betsy and I found the Falls on Reems Creek on our way home after visiting the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.  The Falls on Reems Creek is in Weaverville, North Carolina, and is actually caused by a dam at the site of an old mill.

The picture on which this drawing was based is shown below.

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Spring Is Coming

February 25, 2012

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Thanks to our mild winter, we now have Spring flowers in bloom.  It’s hard to imagine what will happen if we have a prolonged cold snap, but we can at least enjoy the beauty of the blossoms now.

This is Wild Carnival Daffodil, a relatively new flower in our garden.

The picture on which this water color was based is shown below.

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Beauty in the Conservatory

February 23, 2012

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Betsy and I enjoy visiting the Conservatory on the Biltmore Estate in Asheville every time we go there.  The plants and flowers are truly amazing and beautiful.  This drawing is based on a photo taken during a visit last year.

The picture on which this drawing was based is shown below.

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Betsy at Rutledge Falls

February 21, 2012

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This drawing was made from a photograph of Betsy that I took when we visited Rutledge Falls in Tullahoma, Tennessee, in January.  It was a pretty day, and I was able to get the photo from a spot on the bluff opposite the falls which showed her standing in front the several drops of the waterfall.

 

 

 

Rainbow on the lake

February 20, 2012

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Earlier this month Betsy and I walked around two of the small lakes here in Fairfield Glade.    It was a beautiful but chilly day with bright sunshine and blue skies.

One of the lakes, Mirror Lake, has a fountain.  As we were walking back to our car I noticed a rainbow created by the fountain.  I was able to capture the rainbow in a photo.  The photo was in color, but I played around with it and converted it to black and white, while leaving the rainbow in color.

The original photo is shown below.

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From My Archives: Twilight Moon

February 16, 2012

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While going through some old files in my archive, I came across this photo of the moon which was taken as we walked the golf course at dusk on an evening back in 2006.  At that time I only had a point-and-shoot camera, but I like the color of the sky in this photo.

A Valentine Love Story

February 14, 2012

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Valentine Day seems like a perfect day to share this picture of my Mom and Dad.  They were married May 5, 1940, in the Christian church in Winslow, Indiana, Mom’s hometown.

On October 5, 2006,  Betsy and I took Mom and Dad up to Winslow for a visit.  While we were there we went to the Christian church.  It was wonderful to see Mom and Dad in the sanctuary where they had been married 66 years and 5 months before.  The smile on Mom’s face says she was glad to be back there as well.

From My Archives: Grace’s High Falls

February 13, 2012

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The first time Betsy and I visited Little River Canyon National Preserve near Fort Payne, Alabama, was during a drought.  The drive along the rim of the canyon still offered some spectacular views, but the waterfalls were barely a trickle.  The picture of Grace’s High Falls I took that day (see below) wasn’t much, but turning the picture into a watercolor at least brought out more of the color.

The picture on which this water color was based is shown below.

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Little River Canyon National Preserve

February 9, 2012

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Betsy and I have visited Little River Canyon National Preserve near Fort Payne, Alabama several times.  The Scenic Drive along the rim of the canyon offers several overlooks with views of the canyon and river below.  This drawing was made from a photograph taken in February, 2010.

Pine Needles in the Snow

February 7, 2012

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I really don’t appreciate cold weather, and it’s cold when pine needles collect snow and ice.  But even I will admit that pine needles can look pretty when decorated this way.

The picture on which this drawing was based is shown below.

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