What was I thinking

Yesterday I went to Chimney Rock, a classic North Carolina hike – it’s a tourist thing, but also an amazing place of rock formations, and I really miss the good solid granite of New England.  With a little gneiss thrown in for our viewing pleasure.  Below is the infamous Exclamation Point.  The picture doesn’t do it justice: imagine little tiny dots on the top, representing people.  This thing is massive, and very high.  They have created metal and wood staircases so you can walk right up to the top, “completely safe” says the map.  However, you can also see straight down beneath you the whole way, and some of us prefer not to know.  I got almost to the very top before I realized that going down was going to be 10 times for exposed than going up.  Going down was a trial for me, so I chose the Subway route, the end of which is shown below.  At the top of the photo, it goes through a cave, which for me was the easy part because I felt protected on all sides.  Emerging from the Subway at the top? Hell.  VERY exposed.  There were many kind people who asked if I was ok, probably because I was puking and gasping from fear.  Nobody was nasty.  Nobody rolled their eyes.DSC00076DSC00075

Cove Creek

Hiked into Bradley Falls at lunch today. Didn’t make it all the way to the falls itself, but Cove Creek, or “Crick” as they say it, gave me an excellent opportunity to play with Live Photo’s in the iPhone. And I am very impressed with it, first time I tried it on long exposure and it is COOL.

Falling waters

As I’ve mentioned, I’m back in the mountains, where my heart is.  One of the great things about living here is that you can drive, say, half an hour, and be on a hiking trail, rock climbing, or taking pictures of waterfalls.  It is so simple to immerse ourself in this kind of life.  On Thanksgiving, we indulged our tradition of hiking rather than stuffing ourselves amongst people who we aren’t necessarily happy to be around.  This year’s trip was to Triple Falls, High Falls, and Hooker Falls.  A couple of pictures here.  nature photography is its own special challenge and I really didn’t have the gear with me.  Consider it to be a challenge for the coming months and years.

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Tiny reflections

One of the great things about living in a tiny house village is … seeing tiny houses.  For a long time I was fascinated with tiny houses but had only seen them on tv shows and couldn’t imagine them in person.  The first time I drove into the Village here, it was overwhelming to see tiny houses, each unique, everywhere I looked.  They are all beautiful, and fun, and amazing places to live.  On a perfect fall day – we have a lot of those in North Carolina – they look especially nice reflected in the pond.fullsizeoutput_48b