Thursday, May 10, 2012

Blue Ridge Mountains Scenery


Last week I spent some time traveling through the Blue Ridge Mountains. There was so much to see and take in that I only scratched the surface. It's not the first time I've visited that area, but I never grow tired of the beautiful scenery. Many of the trees and flowers weren't in bloom yet despite being the end of April and early May - I assume due to the high elevation. That aside, there was still plenty to see and photograph.











I have plenty more photos of the area I'll be sharing in future posts.




42 comments:

Anne Payne said...

Those are beautiful! I especially like the cloud :)

Linda said...

One of my very favorite places! We traveled it last September from the beginning of the Skyline Drive in Front Royal, VA all the way through to Cherokee, NC. Took us 4 days because we stopped at every overlook to take photos. What a glorious trip it was! You have given us some wonderful photos again - and jogged some very happy memories for me!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

The scenes are so marvelous and the birds so clear, it feels like we just made the journey with you Brian~

MarmePurl said...

As a Blue Ridge resident...I say thank you!

Stewart M said...

Hi there - great set of pictures. The light looks so clear.

Well, my frogmouth really is not an owl - but your right, they are very owlish!

Cheers - Stewart M

Tanya said...

beautiful scenery!! i'm about 15 minutes from the blue ridge parkway and i never get tired of jumping on it for a ride!

Rustic Vintage Country said...

What a stunningly beautiful place.

Betty Roan said...

I lived in Raleigh, NC in the mid 90's and took several trips into the Blue Ridge Mountains. Of course, back then, I didn't have a decent camera. It is beautiful there and you have captured that beauty. I'll be looking forward to more.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

What part of the Blue Ridge were you in? That's not SML, is it?

Great shots!!

Nancy said...

What gorgeous country! Thank you for sharing at Rural Thursdays, Brian.

PS -- like your new avatar. :)

Shaun_ShutterBug said...

And i thought we had some nice scenery here in the UK.
Yours is mind blowing.

Shaun
Valleys ShutterBug

Andee said...

Beautiful pictures.

Meggie said...

This is one of my favorite places to visit. The photos are wonderful. Thanks for the Rural Thursday link....

Amy Burzese said...

Just beautiful. I especially like the water shots. Keep 'em coming!

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful scenic tour! Great shots!

Jenn Jilks said...

How beautiful. I like travelling to my front yard to photograph!
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Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Beautiful photos, Brian.

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

Oh so very beautiful! My aunt has been trying to get me out there for several years now, but it's just so far from here... travel isn't cheap! LoL! =0
Isn't Cades Cove near there, too? My aunt really wants me to visit there & I sincerely wish I was able...

Debbie said...

gorgeous, every. single. one.

that's some beautiful country!!

and just when i was getting use to your picture...boom, a new one!!!

EG CameraGirl said...

It would be fun to go on photo jaunts with you, methinks. You have a great eye for photos!

Wanda plain~N~simple said...

Looks like you had some good weather while you were there. That purple flower is beautiful! I hope our trip to Ca.next week will be just as nice so I can get some good photos.

TexWisGirl said...

i like the lake. and glad you got a GBH.

pembrokeshire lass said...

WOW just wonderful photos! I thought I would visit you as you visited me and I'm really glad that I did. Joan

tiarastantrums said...

wow - amazing area - I don't think I would want to leave either!

barbara l. hale said...

Glad you are sharing your vacation pics! Love the water reflections and that cormorant especially.

Leenie said...

Wow! Thanks for using your skills and camera to give me a sweet taste of a part of the world I want so much to visit.

Pamela Gordon said...

Beautiful scenery. I love early spring when things are just coming into bloom especially the shades of green. Pamela

Tammy said...

Beautiful! That second photo is gorgeous; I love the colors and the composition!!! I look forward to seeing more photos from this area.

Marie said...

It's one of the most beautiful places on earth, and your photos are just awesome! My husband I just love it there! Wish we could have tagged along! But sharing through your blog is a treat! What is that first flower? Really amazing!

Betty Manousos said...

loving your photography!
i am so glad to have found your blog.

gorgeous shots! what a magical view!

Mina fotostunder said...

Wow these is beautiful!

Andrew said...

Wonderful images Brian it's a fantastic looking place..

edenhills said...

Great shots! You really know how to showcase the beauty of an area.

Candy C. said...

WOW!! You certainly got some beautiful pictures! I really love that hot pink flower too! :)

Carole M. said...

...such beautiful scenery!

Jean said...

I grew-up in NW NC. As a child we would take Sunday Drives on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Your wonderful images brought back many fond memories. It is still a beautiful region.
Love the Heron!

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful scenery and critters.

Marc Heath said...

Wow, that is some beautiful scenery you have there. Not jealous at all really!!!!

Liz said...

Gorgeous images, Brian! Such a beautiful place and lovely flowers too.

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Stunning photos again Brian! I would love to visit the Blur Ridge Mountains again someday.

Amila Kanchana said...

What beautiful scenes!

JOY @ http://joysjotsshots.blogspot.com/ said...

The flowers (blossoms) are breathtaking! I'm enJOYing seeing the pictures of your trip. Pictures of my trips have become my souvenirs. I know what you mean by taking that trip more than once but still finding it as an adventure.