Holiday Lights at the Garden

Holiday Lights at the Garden

One of my favorite places to photograph holiday lights is at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.  The garden is located in Belmont, NC.  Each year, visitors to the garden from the end of November to early January can enjoy a spectacular combination of garden elements and lights in the evenings.  This year Holidays at the Garden began November 20.  Visitors can enjoy the lights in the garden until January 3, 2016.

Some of the attractions during Holidays at the Garden include

Creating Images in Winter

Creating Images in Winter

While many people like to bundle up and stay indoors drinking hot chocolate in the winter months, it is a tremendous time to get outdoors and explore nature with your camera.  There are so many wonderful compositions that can be captured in the Carolinas during the winter months.

Before you head out, be sure to dress appropriately for the conditions.  You will need

A Trip to the Winter Wonderland Craft Fair at the Dairy Barn

A Trip to the Winter Wonderland Craft Fair at the Dairy Barn

A major event has taken over the Saturday after Thanksgiving each year in Fort Mill, SC.  It is an event that grows each year.  This event is the Winter Wonderland Craft Fair at the Dairy Barn.

This event has been taking place for  years at the Dairy Barn. I went to the event for the first time about five years ago.  At that time, I went with my mother and our relatives who were in town for the Thanksgiving holiday.  There were craft vendors inside the dairy barn and set up in tents just outside of the dairy barn.

This Saturday, I discovered that much had changed

Day Trip to Grandfather Mountain

Day Trip to Grandfather Mountain

One of my favorite places to visit for a day trip when I have company is Grandfather Mountain.  Grandfather Mountain is located in Linville, NC.  If you plan to stay overnight, you can choose from places in Linville, Pineola, Boone, and Blowing Rock.  Each of these locations are within a half hour drive to Grandfather Mountain.

I am so fortunate that Grandfather Mountain is a two hour drive from my home.  This makes the trip one that can be made

Welcoming the Holidays at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

My holiday season began Wednesday morning at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.  My mother first introduced me to this wonderful garden years ago.  Thanks to her, I have been a member ever since.

I have spent hours upon hours at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.  I took my first photography courses there from my wonderful first teacher, Dave Kelly.  There is something to see and to photograph in every season at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.

Wednesday was my first day off of work for the Thanksgiving break.  I made my way, first thing,

Finding Art During Fake Thanksgiving

Finding Art During Fake Thanksgiving

For the past ten years, my husband’s best friend, Diane,  has invited us to a pre Thanksgiving celebration at her house.  We have come to affectionately refer to it as Fake Thanksgiving.  Fake Thanksgiving is exactly like real Thanksgiving except

Roaming at Roan

Roaming at Roan

Just After Sunrise

One of my favorite places to roam and to photograph is on Roan Mountain.   Roan mountain is located on the state line of Tennesee and North Carolina.  A wonderful panoramic map of the Highlands of Roan can be found here:  http://www.mappery.com/map-of/Panoramic-Map-of-Highlands-of-Roan-from-NC.  This map was created by Polaris Cartography.

Whenever we go to hike or photograph on Roan Mountain, we enter Roan Mountain State Park.  From there, we head to

New Addition at Sugar Mountain Resort

New Addition at Sugar Mountain Resort

Saturday was an exciting day to visit Sugar Mountain Resort.  My husband and I spent the weekend with our friends, Lorraine and Jack, in the Sugar Mountain area.

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Saturday morning, Sugar Mountain Resort had the Summit Express’ Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.  The Summit Express is a new, six passenger chair lift at Sugar Mountain.   The ceremony began at 10:00 a.m.

A crowd gathered before 10:00 to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony.  The events started inside the lodge.  The actual ribbon cutting took place ourside by the new lift.

 

North Carolina’s Governor, Pat McCrory, cut the ribbon.  After cutting the ribbon, he