Halloween is done. ThanksGiving is only a couple of days away. I am thankful I no longer have to scramble to piece together that Wonder Woman costume (although I think I did a pretty good job making it happen.) And, our kid had fun trick or treating with her friends.
While I no longer see inflatable Mickey vampires, and Spider lights on houses, I do still see pumpkins, scarecrows, and mums.
Also, since we fell back an hour and the weather is getting chillier, it's certainly Fall time in NC, ya’ll.
I've seen amazing color changes all around me, and I'm loving it! Riding down the highway or backroads (and I much prefer the latter) I see so much beauty in the trees along the side.
Speaking of beautiful, Derrick recently went on a photography trip to the NC Mountains. I believe he may have been saying the words of the famous naturalist, John Muir, as he was leaving the driveway, "The mountains are calling and I must go".
The leaves hadn't yet changed there as much as he'd hoped (it was mid to late October). But, it's the NC mountains and it was still a stunning sight as you can see in the images.
His weeklong trip with other members of Goldsboro Area Photography Club (GAPC), was fun and relaxing to say the least. But, still a lot of work to be sure with all the equipment hauling, hiking, laughing, and shutter pressing.
GAPC is a great group of photographers that we are blessed to be a part of. The group takes an annual trip together every year. They are all talented people. North Carolina gave them amazing nature to photograph.
It wasn’t in the cards for both of us to go this year and I admit it, I was a bit jealous. But, after seeing the images from Derrick and all other GAPC members, I'm very excited about trying to go next year.
On the trip, they visited:
- Cataloochee Valley
- Cades Cove
- Bryson City
- The Road to Nowhere
- The Blue Ridge Parkway
- Clingmans Dome
- And numerous waterfalls.
I've been to most of these places at some point in my life and remember the charm they give off, but I've never been for the sole purpose of only photographing the nature around me. I've heard it's always a good time to get back to nature, and I believe it. I'll just choose to do it with a camera in my hand.
We'd love to hear from you about your favorite places to travel this time of year (or any time of year). And, please share some images from your travels.
I bet you hear the mountains calling you. I know I hear them calling me.