Flowers – Blazing Star

Commonly called blazing star, gayfeather, or prairie star, is a versatile North American plant with plenty of ornamental allure. Noted for their tall, stately plumes of amethyst or white and delicate grass-like foliage, it is an appealing, durable wildflower. This beauty was captured in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.

Blazing Star

Flowers – Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are some of the most beautiful flowers in the world with over 75 species. “Hydor” means water and “angos” means jar or vessel, emphasizing the need to water this particular flower often. Hydrangeas don’t have petals, but sepals, which are leaves that protect the flower bud. Only after they age do they turn from green to the pigmented colors you see. Here is a sampling from Hickory, North Carolina.

Colors of Hydrangeas

Linville Falls

The Linville River flows from its headwaters high on the steep slopes of Grandfather Mountain and cascades through two falls as it begins a nearly 2,000 foot descent through this rugged and spectacularly beautiful gorge. Known by the Cherokee as “the river of many cliffs,” Linville Gorge was the nation’s first officially designated wilderness area. Linville Falls is probably the most photographed waterfall in North Carolina. 

Linville Falls Landscape
Waterfalls in the Mountains

Foggy Images – Moses Cone Manor View

Low hanging clouds create a foggy scene over Bass Lake as viewed from Moses Cone Manor. Flat Top Manor, as it is most commonly known, is also called the Moses Cone Manor, and is located on Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock, North Carolina.

Cone Manor Midst Greenery
Bass Lake from Cone Manor on Foggy Day

Images in Fog – Bass Lake

Fog creates a mystic environment for photographers. While the clarity is somewhat blurred, it adds a bit of mystery to the images. Normally a clear lake on a sunny day, Bass Lake in North Carolina is shrouded in fog creating an eerie image.

A Hazy Day at Bass Lake