Thursday, July 29, 2010

An Offering of Three...

of the Elk River
road views
and the nearby
butterfly bush
with a glowing
yellow, delicate
your day
was a

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Nature's Delights

These delights
I have ~found...
'under my nose

a front yard

slick with
the rain
the wee
green melon

and tomatoes
well hidden~
a red
and juicy


Monday, July 26, 2010

Weekend Journey

Top: Elk River Road;
what a ride down
and out!!

...It is an awesome
1200 foot drop
off the Parkway.
(with switchbacks
galore...) and

absolutely fun;
it ends in gravel!!
Sky views:
A stripey sky
(below) and
the quiet of
mountain ridges
that speak
peace (above.)
A wonderful
old house full
of texture
with a very
very old
and a gently
sloping field
of flowers
and pine trees.
What color!
What an
to romp!
I'm sure, here,
the deer, rabbits
and the like
have found
a hideout
and a place
to frolic.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Mr. Polka-Dot

(An amazing horse
full of color
in a field
of wild flowers!
Note the action
of his tail
swatting flies off;
what a great pic!
I was in love
with this

Mauve Sky with Moon

home from
a drive
in the mountains
we came around
a bend
in the road
caught the moon
over the mountains
in a mauve sky.
(Needless to say,
we quickly
pulled over
for some photos
to bring
to you!)
:) :) :)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Pumpkin Blossom

pumpkin blossom
came out
in the early
morning light.
(If you can eat
leaves we
in fat


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Butterfly Bush

(as we
know it)
on the mountain.
a garden

a closeup
of the
pollen in
backyard lilly

and an
amazing butterfly bush that attracts

all different sizes, colors
and shapes of windswept

Good Morning

Monday, July 19, 2010

The Watauga River

Top: I did not get
too awfully close.
Bottom: The
Watauga River
here is
a very lovely
hue of
I could not seem
to capture
this in a photo,
though. Perhaps it
was the lighting...
:( This was my
best attempt

Tennessee Photo Journal: A Saturday's Journey

Favorite Pics:
Our car trip
into Tennessee
was filled
with beauty
and so relaxing.
What a great day!
Along with
some pretty
country stores
and a few diner-type
where we met
some great, friendly,
kind and helpful
people along
the way~~
we were able
to procure
these shots...
bee hives
all in a row,
a lively green
barn quilt,
and the
in a secret
of some kind
by a shallow
river bed.
it was all about~~
they were excited!!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Tennessee Road Trip: Colors Swirling

These are two of

a series of photos
of a convocation
of butterflies
by a shallow
river bed.

Top: More illusion
Middle: Another close-up
Bottom: Original in motion

coming soon
Happy Sunday
to you all...

Friday, July 16, 2010

Front Yard Happenings

Today's Guessing Game:
Answer and assign the
appropriate number
to the photo.

1. Front Yard Movie
(Now Playing...)
Attack of the:
t_ _ _
_ _ _ _

2. What flower is this?

3. Bee's Playground

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Zucchini Boats, Bread and Top of the Morning to you!

Top-A Departure:
My husband made these stuffed zucchini boats the other evening.
They were filled with a tomato/panko breadcrumb and lima bean based stuffing. He put in a heaping amount of this said same stuffing and they were extremely tasty!
Yum. Yum. And yum-- like
totally. He's the dude in my book when it comes to creative vegetivity.

Thus far we have (also) had: 1. Zucchini thinly sliced in salad, 2. a cold pasta, zucchini and vegetable dish, 3. Zucchini cake (absolutely scrumptious I might add. It was a HIT and even with my kids...amazing-- for sure!)
Hey wee garden...keep them coming!!
Middle: Yesterday, I am so proud to announce, I made my first homemade bread completely and utterly by hand. I do have a bread maker, but the loaves come out oddly shaped and sometimes they just don't fully rise. Voila!!
:) Won't you join us?!
Bottom: The sunrise yesterday here with a light morning misting in the Appalachians...
:) Enjoy!!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

There is such quiet here

on the mountain. The wind is building, building and whipping up big today. It is sunny and bright with a intermittent long, cool mountain breeze. Me thinks that I have found a taste of heaven (here.) Even the dog, with her head held high and nose up-- stood strong next to me today (in a real sense to honor the lovely breeze) ...on top of the big road up with the cool mountain breeze ruffling her heavy fur all the way down to her skin. :)
Pick of the Day:
A Quiet cabin,
some weathered
barn board and
a red and bold flower
(of unknown name)
that we transplanted

into our front
garden plot

from a wet
rocky outcropping

on a winding
road high up.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Country Barns, Bee Hives and B-I-G.

Some photos
from last weekend's
road tip!
My dear sweet
husband loves
photographing barns...

What do YOU think of
the rather LARGE fungi
in our front yard??

...Did I not tell you that
items are LARGE in the
High Country (beetles,
mountains and their
wondrous tops,
butterflies, rock formations,
the snow accumulations
and the like...?) :)

Also- the active bee hives
were an interesting
hue of greeny-blue
lined up on a farm
that you could visit.

I spent yesterday
annihilating an 8 (to ten) inch
hornet nest around
our corner to the left.
The ornery fast moving
mob attacked my son
(who was stung) and Ginger Bear (unscathed...)
--Had to-- remove them.
You should have seen me
(in stealth)
shooting a 15 foot
stream of poison (twice;
two whole cans...)
from the seclusion
of our white van; windows UP.
It might have looked
a bit unusual but...
it did the JOB. :)

Lois Nancy

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