Mount Mitchell State Park in Western North Carolina

Mt. Mitchell State Park in North Carolina lies in the Pisgah National Forest and boasts the highest peak east of the Mississippi River. It’s elevation reaches to the sky at 6684 feet (give or take an inch, I’d imagine).

The first photo is a view from the observation deck at the summit. The road in the photo is 128, which is just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

View from the observation deck on Mt. Mitchell

Beautiful view from Mt. Mitchell

This is the observation deck atop the summit of Mt. Mitchell:

Observation Deck on Mt. Mitchell

Signs don't lie. That's over a mile high!

And here is a photo I took just off the Blue Ridge Parkway on the way down from Mt. Mitchell.

View of western North Carolina's mountains

Lovely view of the mountains

Kayaking in Western North Carolina

One of the many benefits of Asheville and Western North Carolina is enjoying the good ol’ outdoors. There are activities that appeal to all enthusiasts: climbers, mountain bikers, cyclists, or even casual hikers. This post is dedicated to kayakers, so I dove in to my photo archives and found a few kayak photos to blog. Not knowing a lot about the sport (except that “kayak” is a palindrome and it’s a thrill to photograph) I am going to refrain from giving advice on the subject. Instead, I provided you with a few useful links after my photos.

Kayaking on a lake in Asheville, NC

Enjoying a sunset on Lake Tomahawk, just north of downtown Asheville

Kayakers in Bryson City, NC

Kayakers in Bryson City, NC

Kayaker going off Hooker Falls in WNC

Kayaker going over Hooker Falls in Dupont State Forest

Here are a few resources if you are looking for WNC kayaking info:

Nantahala Outdoor Center

WNC Kayaking

Asheville Now

Fun in Downtown Asheville, NC

Here are a few shots of downtown Asheville from tonight. The fountain in Pack Square Park has been popular as of late for children and families. Even with a storm brewing in the background the water entertainment went on.

Asheville, NC

Photo of the fountain in Pack Square Park

Downtown Asheville in Pack Square Park

Fun before the storm

Fountain in Pack Square Park

Children having fun in the fountain in Pack Square Park

Jackson Building - Architecture in Asheville

The Jackson Building with a storm brewing behind it

Photo Taken with Droid X

No more dropped calls! I have reason to celebrate because of today I am no longer with AT&T. Now I’ll actually get all my calls and texts and have service in more places. I could write a novel on how bad AT&T’s cell coverage is in Asheville (and beyond) but I’ll sum it up in one word: terrible.

Here is a photo I took with my new Droid X. The image quality is great for a smartphone and, of course, is much better than my iPhone 3G was. I processed this using Lightroom 3 and did a few adjustments to get it looking sharper and more contrasty.

Droid X Photography of plant

Photo of plant taken with the new Droid X

Also see it on flickr

Wild Pony at Grayson Highlands State Park in Virginia

A few months ago I visited Grayson Highlands State Park in Virginia, a park known for having wild ponies. They aren’t completely wild, per se, as they graze and roam in the boundaries of the park. The ponies were very tame, so much so you could walk right up to them. Unfortunately a lot of visitors feed the ponies carrots and other pony grub. It’s obviously not a good idea to feed brown bears in the Appalachian Mountains, so just because a wild pony can’t bite into your flesh, does that mean you should feed it? No?

Here is one of the photos I captured of a pony in the park. The weather was chilly and a surreal frost covered the ground and trees, but the greenery and colors still came through.

Wild pony, Grayon Highlands, Virginia

Beautiful wild pony in Grayson Highlands State Park

Asheville Street Musicians and Performers

A look at a few street musicians and performers in downtown Asheville last night.

Downtown Asheville street musicians

Blind Boy Chocolate and the Milk Sheiks

Fiddle player in Asheville, NC

Street musician playing a fiddle

Asheville street music

Blind Boy Chocolate

WNC Street Musician

He was playing for "college fund"

Street music in Asheville, NC

They start so young...

Young street musician

Young street musician in Asheville

Silver Drummer Girl

Silver Drummer Girl waiting for money to beat her drum

Silver Drummer Girl getting money

Supporting street performer Silver Drummer Girl

Asheville street musician

Guitarist in front of Malaprops bookstore in Asheville

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