Asheville City Hall, Courthouse, and Splasheville

Autumn is about to arrive here in Asheville, NC so here is another round of photos in Pack Square Park before the weather changes. I am spotlighting Asheville City Hall, the Courthouse, and our water fountain “Splasheville” in this post. I’ve taken photos of these landmarks before, but it’s intriguing to me how the lighting and sky color is so changing from day to day. Mix that in with the mood I am in, what inspires me that day, and what lenses or filters I feel like utilizing and the end result differs each time. In general I think that’s a good recipe for what makes photographers and images stand apart from one another. Technical aspects such as composition, exposure and aperture come in to play too (not to mention post-processing and the infinite possibilities one can arrive at), but the most important part of photography for me is the passion and drive to always learn. If I didn’t have it, well, hopefully someone would slap me and tell me to stop.

I digress… on to the photos.

Downtown Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville Courthouse (left) and City Hall

Asheville's City Hall

Asheville City Hall, in the Art Deco style

Splasheville fountain

One view of Splasheville in downtown

Splasheville

180º turn around from the last shot of Splasheville

North Carolina Mountain State Fair at WNC Agricultural Center

The North Carolina Mountain State Fair kicked off its 17th year last night at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher, NC. It runs from September 10-19 and is the perfect excuse to eat corn dogs and cotton candy and ride the Ferris wheel. Fun fact: According to Wikipedia the original Ferris wheel was designed and constructed by George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. as a landmark for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

You will have to attend the Fair to taste the salty, sugary goodness it offers, but here is a photography sampling of the sites.

Concession stand at fairRide at fairSkylift at fairNC Mountain State FairBull ride at fair

Freak outGoatNC Mountain State FairState Fair concessionsQuilting lady

Apples

chicken at fairWNC Agricultural Center

Pickup Truck Fire off Hendersonville Road in Asheville, NC

I happened upon this pickup truck that caught fire earlier today around 4:30. This was just off Hendersonville Rd about a mile south of Biltmore Village. The cause of the fire was unknown at the time and no one was in the vehicle or injured, as far as I know. Hats off to Asheville Fire Rescue for extinguishing the fire and doing what they do. It was neat seeing them in action (again).

Asheville Fire Rescue

Asheville photojournalistPickup truck on fireAsheville fire truckFire in Asheville off Hendersonville RoadFire in pickup truck bed

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

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