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.
Asheville Courthouse (left) and City Hall
Asheville City Hall, in the Art Deco style
One view of Splasheville in downtown
180º turn around from the last shot of Splasheville
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.
Beautiful view from Mt. Mitchell
This is the observation deck atop the summit of 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.
Lovely view of the mountains
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.
Enjoying a sunset on Lake Tomahawk, just north of downtown Asheville
Kayakers in Bryson City, NC
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
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.
Photo of the fountain in Pack Square Park
Fun before the storm
Children having fun in the fountain in Pack Square Park
The Jackson Building with a storm brewing behind it