November Scenes

I’ve been in different parts of Virginia over the past few weeks and the change in the trees has been remarkable.  When I was in Williamsburg at the beginning of the month there was a lot of color in the leaves and shrubs.  A nursery at Colonial Williamsburg had rows of greenery and potted plants for sale.  Last week I was in the mountains and saw the Natural Bridge.  It was quite impressive even though the leaves were gone.  Still, the trees can be dramatic even without leaves.

Williamsburg in early November:

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A few weeks later:

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Now is also a good time to look forward to all the upcoming holidays.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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A Day in the Mountains

A drive to the mountains near where I live seemed like a good adventure over the weekend.  After an hour of driving I started to see hills that soon turned into mountains.  When I got off the highway there was an entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The morning was getting more and more interesting!  I decided to drive on it for a while and every couple of miles there was a lookout point.  I stopped, got out of the car and took a good look at the mountains.  It became breezy as the road ascended and I needed to wear a sweater as I looked out to see these panoramic views.

Since I also enjoy flowers I thought that these wildflowers were a charming part of the landscape.  The events of this day produced some wonderful memories.

Blue RIdge

On the Move

One of the more picturesque means of transportation that I can remember was going up the side of a mountain near Lugano, Switzerland on a gondola.  It was silent except for the whirring sound of the machinery moving the gondolas.  There was plenty of time to enjoy the changing view and I took lots of pictures.  Although it was May when I had this adventure it was still chilly with traces of snow on the ground.  Here is some of what I saw that day.

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For more pictures look here.

Travel in Autumn

In keeping with the theme of this blog I have been traveling a lot lately.  A few weeks ago I was in North Carolina and Tennessee and I saw lots of mountains as well as the fall foliage.  Last week I was in Nevada and I had the opportunity to see Hoover Dam.  There is quite a contrast between the scenery in the southeast and the west.

The mountains in October (east):

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Hoover Dam scenes in November (west):

I didn’t know that Hoover Dam is in both Nevada and Arizona, and there is a time difference.  You can see that I can walk fast (or slow depending on which time zone you follow).

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite

A visit to Monte Tamaro near Lugano, Switzerland provided some panoramic views of the area and the mountains seemed to go on and on.  Yet where I was standing there were also everyday things such as  a playground and paths to look out over the mountains.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

When I was in Barcelona I took a day trip to Montserrat.  It was quite an adventure going up the mountain and there were a lot of visitors.  I was careful to stay on the sidewalks and not look down too much but I really admired this view.

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Here are more pictures for this week’s theme.

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above

I just got back from a short trip that included a visit to Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  There was a chair lift ride that provided panoramic views of the mountains when I reached the top.  On the way down I was directly above this scene just before I got off.  You may notice the shadow in the top corner.  I’ve included some other pictures to show what I could see from my seat on the chair lift.

CBBH Photo Challenge: BLUE

This theme from East of Málaga reminds me of the time I took a gondola to the top of Monte Tamaro near Lugano, Switzerland.  Although it was May there was a chill in the air.  Here are some of the views from that day that feature the color blue.

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And there were even some blue flowers!

Switzerland

The two blogs I’d like to recommend are:

DUTCHgoesITALIAN

Adventures of a Carry-on

Until next month…

Mountain Views in Autumn

While I was in North Carolina I wanted to find out more about the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee.  It was an easy drive from North Carolina and the people at the local information center were very helpful.  They pointed out on a map where there were good places to see the mountains.  On their recommendation I drove to the Foothills Parkway where there were observation points along the road to park the car and admire the view.  Each time I stopped at one of these areas I took many pictures of the mountains.  Here are some of them.

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