A baby, black snake slides through the rocks near our home in North Carolina
A “zonkey” is a hybrid cross produced by mating a zebra and a donkey. Zonkeys are not a true species because they have an odd number of chromosomes and cannot reproduce. While zonkeys are rare, they are bred in a number of zoos and specialized farms around the world.
Here is a zonkey at Catawba Farms in Newton, North Carolina. It doesn’t seem to look either like a donkey or a zebra!
A goat at Catawba Farms in Newton, North Carolina sports a fancy beard
Colorful farm equipment in rural Alexander County in North Carolina
A dwelling in rural Alexander County, North Carolina looks abandoned
A tree leaning into the Catawba River, North Carolina appears to be too thirsty!
Nature’s color combination of flowers ….
Colorful Azaleas blooming in North Carolina
Sunset at a farm in rural North Carolina
Roads, including the Linn Cove Viaduct, built along the mountains for traveling on the famed Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina
The Mile High Swinging Bridge, America’s highest suspension footbridge, was built to give visitors easy access to the breathtaking view from Grandfather Mountain’s Linville Peak in North Carolina. The 228-foot suspension bridge spans an 80-foot chasm at more than one mile in elevation.
The most scenic of still-water bodies on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Price Lake is a must-see if you are traveling the Parkway through North Carolina. It is situated with a view across the lake of Grandfather Mountain’s Galloway Peak.
A glimpse of the natural beauty of North Carolina
Clouds obscure a sunrise in Hickory, North Carolina
Alexander County in North Carolina is almost rural farmland and has many old farm structures. Here is an old barn that almost looks like soon-to-be firewood, very similar to what is stored there under an awning.
Riverbend Park on Catawba River (near Hickory) offers multiple hiking trails and even benches to relax and watch the flowing water
Rink Dam is located just 2.3 miles from Bethlehem, in Alexander County, in the state of North Carolina.
Renovated Union Square in Downtown Hickory is filled with a variety of unique retail shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues, all in a park-like setting in the heart of Hickory. Here is a reflection of Union Square from the windows of the old Railroad Station, now converted to a restaurant.
Considered by the North Carolina Department of Archives and History to possess the “finest Queen Anne interior styling in the entire state,” the Harper House of Hickory also has a restored landscape, including period gardens. Several notable families have occupied the Harper House. The Harper Family was the last of seven families to occupy the Shuler-Harper House, as some locals still refer to it.
The architecture of Corinth Reformed Church, Hickory, North Carolina is reminiscent of a fine European cathedral. The exterior of the building is of gray Georgia granite with Indiana limestone trim. The spire is of extruded and structural aluminum rising 164 ft. 6 in. from the terrace floor at the entrance. The belfry below the spire is built up of carved and molded limestone tracery, giving a lacy and ethereal feeling to the church tower. The main entrance is of limestone having carvings similar to those found on French Gothic churches.