Posts Tagged ‘Blue Ridge Parkway’

As the Sun Sets in the Mountains

September 18, 2018

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We celebrated Betsy’s birthday at Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. Our room had a beautiful view of the mountains, although we couldn’t see either the rising or the setting sun from our room. I took a picture from out balcony on the first evening we were there as the sun started to set. The beautiful sky and the patches of fog in the valley made me feel that the photo would make a pretty good painting. With the help of Photoshop, this is the result.

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The View from Tanbark Ridge Overlook

August 30, 2013

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In late June Betsy and I traveled to North Carolina to meet my son Robert and his family.  We took the opportunity to visit the Blue Ridge Parkway, which is a favorite drive of ours.  We stopped at the Tanbark Ridge Overlook north of Asheville, North Carolina, where I got this panoramic view of the sky and those beautiful mountains.

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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Morning in the Mountains

May 1, 2012

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Early last month Betsy and I spent a couple of days in the mountains of western North Carolina.  We were able to get up onto the Blue Ridge Parkway fairly early one morning, and although the sky was bright and blue, there were clouds in the valley below.  We enjoyed the scene above from the Grassy Ridge Mine Overlook.

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

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Cahas Mountain Overlook

January 19, 2012

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We drove along the Blue Ridge Parkway in August of 2010 on our way to Peaks of Otter Lodge to celebrate Betsy’s birthday.  The day started bright and sunny, but a storm started moving in during the afternoon, hiding the scenery beneath clouds and haze.  I captured this view at the Cahas Mountain Overlook south of Roanoke.  The mountain was nearly hidden, and rain was beginning to fall in the valley below.

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

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Headforemost Mountain

December 15, 2011

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I’ve enjoyed learning how to convert photos into line drawings so much that I decided to try converting a picture into a water color painting.  The image above is the result.

We got this view of Headforemost Mountain (I don’t know how the mountain got its name) from an overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia.  We found the picture of the mountain above the mist to be enchanting.

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

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