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

Shindig on the Green in Downtown Asheville, NC

You can’t go wrong with downtown Asheville on a Saturday night. Tonight I took some photos of Shindig on the Green in Pack Square Park. It was packed with people for this folk festival, which is celebrating it’s 44th season. Live bluegrass music, dancing, food and fun: everything you need for a great festival! This was the second shindig of 2010, with six more to go.

Shindig on the Green in Pack Square Park

A good turnout to Shindig on the Green

Folks playing some bluegrass

Folks playing some bluegrass

Hula Hooping in Asheville

Hula hooping at Shindig on the Green

Shindig on the Green - 44th Season

Backstage at Shindig

Practicing bluegrass in Asheville

Practicing beneath Asheville's City Hall

Okie Dokies Smokehouse at Shindig

Okie Dokies Smokehouse

Ice Cream shop The Hop

The Hop serving yummy ice cream

Musician having a good time

Harmonica player having a good time

Bluegrass musicians playing

A bluegrass group plays a tune

Stand up bass player in bluegrass band

Providing the low notes for the band

Music festival in western North Carolina

Behind the stage at Shindig

Playing the fiddle

Fiddle player stares into the sun

Dancing at Shindig in Asheville

The Dixie Darlings

WNC folk festival in Asheville

Banjo player pickin' away

Guitarist

Guitar player having a good time

Folks playing bluegrass

Folks playing a bluegrass tune

Glen - MC at Shindig on the Green in Asheville

Glenn, the MC

WNC folk festival

Pack Square Park filled up

Dancing at Shindig on the Green

Dancing at Shindig

Toy tractor

A child's toy tractor ... left behind

Bluegrass music at WNC folk festival

On stage at Shindig on the Green

Backstage at Shindig

Musicians wait in line to perform

Dancing on a board

On stage dancing

Shindig on the Green truck

Booth at Shindig / Courthouse and City Hall in background

Parrot

A parrot ... there was a parrot there

Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain, NC

This is Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain, North Carolina. The highest peak in this photo is one of “The Seven Sisters” mountain range. To see all seven peaks, this range is best viewed from a vantage point about 100 feet to the left of where I took this.

Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain, North Carolina

Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain, North Carolina

On flickr

Photo from Biltmore Estate Wedding in Asheville, NC

Setting the scene with a wide shot is an important part of wedding photography. Each shot tells the story of the wedding and if I didn’t have that wide shot to establish the surroundings then all those great close-up moments would lack context. That isn’t to say a close-up photo needs to be side by side with a wide shot to make sense, but for the wedding couple’s book or photo slideshow, it’s essential.

Here is a wide shot I took at a Biltmore Estate wedding last year. The Biltmore Estate is a popular tourist destination here in Asheville, NC and is a fairy-tale setting for weddings. It’s also a photographer’s paradise!

Biltmore Estate Wedding - Asheville photographer

Camera/lens info: Nikon D300 with Nikkor 18-200mm VR lens (I’ve parted with both… to upgrade)

Asheville wedding photographer

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