Upper Creek Falls – 2016’s Best Autumn Waterfall

Upper Creek Falls

My best fall outing in 2016 came on October 20.  The season had been a let down for the most part due to the extremely warm and dry conditions most of the summer and fall.  I had an aggressive plan this year primarily based on the dates of some of my favorite photos from years past.  This…..was a strategical error on my part.  October 1 came with primarily green dominated landscapes.  Finally on the second half of October, color began to really pour in.  On Thursday 10/20, weather was an issue as it was to be the last day of temps in the 70s before the first real cool blast came in, dropping temps into the 40’s in the mountains for that Friday and Saturday.  I chose Upper Creek Falls, because, well most others didn’t.  I would also need to ride along the Blue Ridge Parkway, through the Linn Cove Viaduct  to get there.  After 2 failed attempts t see color in the Grandfather area of the Blue Ridge Parkway, maybe this day would be better.   Continue reading “Upper Creek Falls – 2016’s Best Autumn Waterfall”

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Mabry Mill On A Summer Day

It was a family Sunday in early July.  One of Kristin’s favorite areas in the Blue Ridge Mountains is in southern Virginia.  Following the Blue Ridge Parkway from the Fancy Gap area to some attractions near Meadows of Dan, Va always makes a nice half day trip.  It’s a short drive for us, and a quick way to escape a 93 degree hot & humid day in exchange for a nice 78 degree day with a nice breeze.  After a nice lunch at the Groundhog Mountain picnic area, we made the short ride north on the Blue Ridge Parkway to Mabry Mill at milepost 176

Mabry Mill is a beautifully restored and preserved working mill right off the Parkway.  It is certainly one of the BRP’s top attractions.  It has a nice restaurant and gift shop, that among other typical parkway souvenirs,sells stone ground cornmeal, grits and buckwheat flour all ground at the mill.  The whole area is very picturesque.  Some very iconic photos have been made here with the beautiful small pond, and mill combination. The best photos here seem to come in the fall.  It’s a nice place to visit in summer as well.  Come on a weekend day, they may have the mill open for touring.  Expect crowds though,  this place is popular. For more info on the beautiful Mabry Mill, please click here. 

Setrock Creek Falls – June Quick Hike

For prints, please click here: Setrock Creek Falls – Fine Art America . 

I visited Setrock Creek Falls recently, on the same deary day that I visited Roaring Fork Falls. These 2 waterfalls are usually always visited together as they are both off the same turnoff from NC Hwy 80. While Setrock Creek Falls is considerably higher at 75 feet than Roaring Fork Falls, which sits around 40 feet, I still consider Roaring Fork Falls to be the main attraction here, due to water flow. The picture above was taken in an ideal situation, on a cloudy, foggy day with a good deal of recent rain. A hike during drier times could leave viewers disappointed. Continue reading “Setrock Creek Falls – June Quick Hike”

The Waterfalls of Gragg Prong

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I have wanted to visit the waterfalls of Gragg Prong for awhile now.  This hike has been a long time coming! This is my 3rd attempt to drive up to the Wilson Creek Wilderness to hike the waterfalls of Gragg Prong this summer. My first 2 resulted in rain and thunderstorms that were heavy enough to send me off to another location.

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Graveyard Fields – Reopened and Improved!

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Graveyard Fields has now been reopened after being closed for several months for some much needed “upgrades”. This is an extremely popular Blue Ridge Parkway destination, and just wasn’t designed for the amount of traffic it has become accustomed to in recent years. While I was in the area in mid July, I stopped by to see the changes for myself.

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A Lazy Day in Little Switzerland and Grassy Creek Falls

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I had it all planned out! A cloudy forecasted Saturday in the high country with showers around meant that I was going to get some wonderful photographs of waterfalls on this day. I headed west into the clouds with great anticipation.

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Roaring Fork Falls and the Return of the 2014 Polar Vortex w/video

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Here we go again…another shot of polar, arctic air sending temps into the single digits below 0 and wind chills in the -20’s. This pattern seems a little drawn out this January. However, if you pay attention to the weather, there are these short warm ups in between arctic shots. If timed out just right, one can get out fairly comfortably to enjoy the icy effects that this cold weather has on our local waterfalls. Continue reading “Roaring Fork Falls and the Return of the 2014 Polar Vortex w/video”

Linn Cove Viaduct in Autumn

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One of my greatest finds in 2013 was a place I have been to and through many times, The Linn Cove Viaduct. The Linn Cove Viaduct is a 1243 ft long bridge built in segments to help get Blue Ridge Parkway travelers around the magnificent Grandfather Mountain. I have traveled through here many times coming or going to the many attractions that seem to be jammed into this area. I have seen the iconic view of the viaduct in gift shops on books, cards, postcards, t-shirts all over the parkway…….but I had never actually been on the spot where the shot is taken. I had assumed it was some overlook that I had “overlooked”. Wrong…..as it turns out, it’s location seems to be kept somewhat of a secret. This was my lucky Autumn though. While on the parkway this October to view and photograph the fall colors, a fellow hiker/photographer that I had a conversation with, helped get me to the iconic view I had been missing. Continue reading “Linn Cove Viaduct in Autumn”

An Early Taste of Fall in Far Western NC

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It’s early fall in western NC again!! While we wait here in the piedmont for the leaves to change, the beautiful color transformation is already well underway in the mountains of NC, especially above 5000 ft. As I write this, color is moving down the mountains a little each day. This report is about a day trip taken 10/12/13. Continue reading “An Early Taste of Fall in Far Western NC”

Profile Trail to Calloway Peak – A Beautiful Early Spring Hike on Grandfather Mountain!

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I ran into an old friend the other day whom I had not seen in years. One of the things mentioned was that her and her family loved seeing my posts and pictures online. The simple things in life like this makes doing my hobby so much more rewarding. After a few minutes of talking, this person mentioned that her and her husband’s favorite trail was the Profile Trail on Grandfather Mountain. Continue reading “Profile Trail to Calloway Peak – A Beautiful Early Spring Hike on Grandfather Mountain!”