It's my long standing love affair with trees that drew me to take this picture.   I like to see them from all sorts of angles.  Still, the blue sky draws me back to this picture, particularly on the many grey days we've had.  It injects my psyche with happy blue and the radiant sunshine behind it. I still have a few calendars le...
The home market in the greater Boone area has never been like this before -- the smallest home inventory I've seen since I started in real estate 21 years ago.  Prices are rising, though not galloping up.  As a buyer, it can be hard to find a home.  Most of the homes we are selling are older [most older than 2008 when the recession h...
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Someone asked me if this was a painting, but, not, it's a picture of reeds that grow along the banks of Trout Lake, near mp 294 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, in Cone Park.  I often photograph them as they change character, always charming, in an ever transforming tableau from Spring through Fall.  
'Hebron Colony Falls' is, to me, a happenstance name inappropriate to the beauty of this treat.  Reach it via an off shoot of Boone Fork Trail, about a mile from paring in Price Park Picnic area. 
​Highlights of the Real Estate Market in the High Country for 2018 [see the pdf for the full report]: The slide upwards in sales of single family residences that began in 2016 continues.It has created the smallest inventory I have seen in my 20 years in real estate along with a concomitant increase in average sales price.See pages 3— 7 Buyers need ...
What's the Watauga Market Doing?  I'm often asked this question.  Here's a summary:   We continue yet again to have a low inventory of homes and a large inventory of land.For the single family residence market, we have the lowest inventory I've seen since 2011. Although the number sold and the number under contract are down slightly,...
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These trees are much photographed.  They are easy to get to, on the Parkway where Green Hill Road intersects.  I call them 'Brother Trees' because another sest of trees I shoot I call 'Sister Trees.'  This Fall, at this time one had shed its leaves but the other had not.  I hadn't noticed that on site while shooting them, in my ...
The Fall painted trees are a mirror image in Trout Lake.  Do you see the tiny hidden jewel in this photo?  Hidden among the rushes:  the full moon about to set. 
The striking pattern of this blossom caught my eye.  I do not know what it is.  Someone enlighten me!  And tell me what small creature pollinates the fragility. 
Another surprise this area brings us:  the Todd Liberty parade, perhaps the most unique July 4th celebration in our nation.   Come take part!  Everyone is welcome, either in your own favorite fantastical costume, or borrow one from Todd's Elkland Art Center.  Fun I promise you!  ....By the way, I have a few calendars s...
Taken when it was far enough into Spring for a bed of bright yellow blossoms yet on this chilly morning Grandfather's crown is covered with frost.  Always, always, a surprise awaits us in the mountains, if we stop to pause to see it, and take it in. 
Look inside a rosebay rhododendron blossom to find an intriguing, intricate world.  You'll likely see more of these close-ups of rhododendron blooms from me.  An unforeseen passion to photograph them has captured me.  The image in my mind's eye proves elusive.  
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 Nourish your soul and spirit:  Hike to the summit of Elk Knob NC State Park for knock-your-socks-off, breath-taking 360 degree vistas. How?  25 minutes north of Boone, hike 1.9 miles up a gentle incline to a peak at 5,520 feet elevation offering astounding views in all directions. The hike is through a deciduous hardwood Southern Ap...
People don't usually gather blackberry blossoms to augment beauty in their homes.  Daffodils, hyacinths, lilies, yes.  Blackberry blossoms -- too humble or maybe it's the briars!  Yet, humbling beauty results from framing the tall grandeur of Grandfather Mountain with these lovely small blossoms, overlooked often in anticipation for ...

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