Archive for November, 2012

Mountains and Clouds

November 29, 2012

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As most of you know, Betsy and I love the mountains — the Smoky Mountains here in Tennessee and the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina and Virginia.  We enjoy visiting the mountains just about any time of the year.

The drawing above shows the view in late November from Craggy Gardens on the Blue Ridge Parkway north of Asheville, North Carolina.  You can see Burnett Reservoir in the valley below and clouds and mountains stretching to the horizon.

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

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Foothills Parkway

November 27, 2012

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Betsy and I drove the Foothills Parkway in eastern Tennessee in late October.  The autumn colors were beautiful, and the overlooks provided many wonderful views of the Smoky Mountains.

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

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Byrd Lake in Autumn

November 20, 2012

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This watercolor is based on a photo from my archives.  Betsy and I hiked along Byrd Lake in Cumberland Mountain State Park on a beautiful October day back in 2006.  The camera I had then didn’t do a very good job with the sky, but I think it did a great job capturing the reflections, which is what I was trying to get.

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

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Ohio Rest Area

November 15, 2012

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Last month Betsy and I drove up to Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio to meet with our friends Patti and Neal.  On the way up we stopped at a rest area in Ohio where we found this whimsical sculpture and some beautiful autumn color.

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

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Cumberland Plateau Evening Sky

November 13, 2012

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I went to my archives for this picture of a Cumberland Plateau sunset.  I got this image on the Druid Hills Golf Course in Fairfield Glade.  The sun had already dropped below the Plateau, but there was still an orange glow along the horizon.  We were reminded once again about the beautiful place in which we live.

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

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Western & Atlantic Railroad Tunnel

November 6, 2012

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Last month Betsy’s son, Jeff, and I visited the historic Western & Atlantic Railroad Tunnel in Tunnel Hill, Georgia.  This tunnel, 1,447 feel long, was constructed between 1848 and 1850 as part of the first railroad across the Appalachian Mountains.  If you ignore the modern safety lights, I think this sepia photo does a pretty good job of conveying the age of this constructed-by-hand tunnel.

Smoky Mountains Beauty

November 1, 2012

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the nation’s most visited national park.  People come throughout the year to see the mountains; they come in October to see the autumn colors.  There’s beauty to enjoy any time of the year.

This is the Smoky Mountains in early October.

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

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