Biltmore Estate after the Snow

The Biltmore Estate a few days after Asheville’s Christmas Day snowfall.

Biltmore Estate in the snow

Be sure to visit Fete Photography’s Biltmore Estate Weddings for more info.

Pumpkin Patch Fundraiser

Every October Grace Episcopal Church in Asheville hosts hundreds of pumpkins on its lawn for people to browse and purchase. The proceeds of the pumpkin sales go to Mission Manna. If you drive north on Merrimon Avenue you can’t miss the hill adorned with orange.

Asheville Pumpkin Patch

The pumpkin patch at Grace Episcopal Church on Merrimon Ave.

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

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

Shindig Photo on Mountain Xpress

Asheville & WNC newspaper Mountain Xpress posted one of my Shindig on the Green photos online with a link to the series on my blog. Check it out here.

Mountain Xpress - Shindig on the Green

Shindig on the Green photo on Mountain Xpress site

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