Blooming lilies with their pads covering the water at the The Highlands Biological Station, Nature Center, and Botanical Gardens, North Carolina
Water lilies at the The Highlands Biological Station, Nature Center, and Botanical Gardens, a public garden and nature sanctuary that showcases the diverse flora of the southern Appalachians in North Carolina
A bench to enjoy the serenity of the North Carolina lush green landscape near Highlands
A serene North Carolina landscape with greenery and water around the Highlands area
A wooden bridge over Little Tennessee River in Franklin, North Carolina. Meandering for five miles through some of the most beautiful natural landscape in Franklin, the Little Tennessee River Greenway is a community recreational green space. A long stretch of uninhabited land along the river has been beautifully utilized to provide a scenic walkway through several natural habitats including wetlands, pastures and upland woods.
Interesting cloud formations at Wayah Bald, North Carolina
Leafless trees accentuate the menacing storm clouds at Wayah Bald, North Carolina
An ideal altitude (at 5,342 feet) at Wayah Bald, North Carolina to view the spectacular storm clouds over the mountains.
Wayah Bald is a high-altitude treeless open area in Nantahala National Forest, near Franklin, North Carolina. A visitor enjoys the view from near the fire tower.
Views of storm clouds from Wayah Bald, North Carolina
Wayah Bald has a vantage point of 5,342 ft. in elevation in the Nantahala National Forest, near Franklin, North Carolina. On a clear day, you can see north to the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee and south into the rolling hills of Georgia. Here are images of an old stone fire tower, built in 1937 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, to witness panoramic views of the southern Appalachian mountain chain.
Bridal Veil Falls near Highlands has been famous for generations as the only waterfall in North Carolina you can drive behind. However, the section of road behind the falls is now blocked off from automobiles for safety. This allows you to walk behind and enjoy it more. The 60-ft. waterfall in Nantahala National Forest doesn’t have a large volume of water (unless it’s right after a big rain), making it safe and fun to stand behind.
A popular place to take photos with Dry Falls, North Carolina as the backdrop
A view from the other side of Dry Falls, North Carolina with a glimpse of the sun shining through
Due to the overhanging cliff one can stay dry and safe even when behind Dry Falls, North Carolina
A closer view of Dry Falls, North Carolina
Dry Falls, also known as Upper Cullasaja Falls, is a 65-foot (20.1 m) waterfall located in the Nantahala National Forest, northwest of Highlands, North Carolina
Dry Falls, a popular waterfall located a few miles outside of Highlands, North Carolina gives you the rare treat of walking safely behind a waterfall. This 75-ft. tall waterfall in the Nantahala National Forest flows over a cliff, allowing you to walk behind the falls and stay dry (hence the name).
North Carolina is home to numerous waterfalls. Will be posting images of Dry Falls from a visit last year. Here is a photo of a “micro” fall right behind our cabin that we stayed at.
We end 2021 with an image of a golden sunset at Lake Hickory, North Carolina. Hope this year was better than the last one.