LIFE'S BETTER IN THE MOUNTAINS

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Bare Mountains

I know we have a few more days until it is winter, but when the trees shed all their leaves it certainly looks like the dead of winter in the mountains. While we love the emerging spring greens and the fall burst of color, the majesty of the mountains is not diminished even when the trees are bare. The mountains change a lot during the winter, especially when covered with snow or ice. And the mountains change with the sky around them as well.

Here are some random shots taken during a drive through our county.














We have a large plaque under a map of our area. It reads, "Life is always better in the mountains." And that expresses the sentiment well. Life IS better here.

24 comments:

Frantic Home Cook said...

Someday...until then, I'll dream of moving there in retirement. Enjoy!

dAwN said...

glad you are enjoying the mountains..
we love the mountains too..Living full time in a motorhome we get to move our home whenever we want..so sometimes we bring it to the mountains...the beach..the flatlands..I have to say I love them all..but my favorite is the Mountains..

George said...

When I lived in Black Mountain, NC, I loved the mountains in all seasons. In winter I was always reminded of the psalm "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills...". Thanks for the memories.

fishing guy said...

Carolyn: Those certainly show only the evergreens are showing colors. We look the same in NE Ohio but we have had 18" of snow that has melted away from the rains. What a roller coaster ride we have had so far this Fall.

Beth said...

what a beautiful view. I can see why you would retire there.

Melissa Weisbard said...

Your photos are great. Mountains are so beautiful to photograph.

Donna said...

The mountains are beautiful, and I love taking trips to the mountains in the fall when the leaves are changing.

My hubby would love to live in the mountains ~ (me, I prefer the ocean).

Thanks for the visit!
Donna

The Birdlady said...

"The mountians are clling and I must go!"

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Don't you just get amazed at the constant change of the mountains? I love seeing them today, with the rain, the "smoke" and fog.
Penny

Cheryl said...

You most certainly live in a beautiful place.....we all find our niche as we age......I know I have found mine.....

Beautiful photographs.....I love all the skeletal trees........

Ruth said...

Your mountains are inspiring. We enjoyed the drive through the Poconos on the way to NYC earlier this year. The Niagara Escarpment is the closest thing to a mountain in our area.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

I love your mountains during all four seasons--even the drabness of winter!!!! I guess my least favorite season is Summer since I don't care for the HEAT!! Thanks for sharing your mountains!!!
Hugs,
Betsy

Tina said...

Carolyn,
Such calming shots of your mountains.. beautiful compositions and colors. I can see why you fell in love with your retirement home, with these views to greet you each day I would say you did GOOD! ;-)

Kallen305 said...

I can't even imagine havig a view as lovely as yours. It looks so peaceful even in the late fall.

Steve B said...

It is interesting that we see the landscape gets colored by the buds of next year's leaves. I agree, I love living in the mountains.

Cedar ... said...

Mountains,... they are in my view out my front patio doors,... and in any season they are my strength! Nice shots.

Dog_geek said...

Yep, the mountains are pretty in all seasons. Beautiful pictures!

Jayne said...

You can appreciate the topography so much more now. So glad you found such happiness in the mountains Carolyn. :c) Have a beautiful day!

Shellmo said...

I can look out at the mountains forever! I can see why you love them so much!

Bird Girl said...

That is one thing I loved about western NC when I visited - the mountains! We went to Grandfather's Mountain (but couldn't do the suspended bridge due to high winds) and then on to the Biltmore (what views there)! And the Holy Cross church in Valle Crusis (sp?) How absolutely gorgeous that valley is!!!

NCmountainwoman said...

Thanks, everyone for the comments. We hope to get out on the Blue Ridge Parkway and re-visit some of the places you have seen during summer and autumn. The rock faces are particularly outstanding when there are no leaves on the trees.

dguzman said...

It's certainly feeling like winter here already. Brrrr.

Dave's Bird Watching Blog said...

Brrrr...looks cold, but still beautiful. Hopefully we'll get some NC snow soon!!!

pat said...

amen.....