Monthly Archives: April 2011

Windows and Staircases

The East window of our bedroom at the Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill looked out on a lawn crisscrossed by walkways paved with Kentucky limestone.  These paved walkways were laid by the Shakers, part of their actions based on belief … Continue reading

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Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, KY

Our Kentucky tour took us to Pleasant Hill for our accommodations in the East Family Dwelling in the Shaker Village.  This building housed the younger, newer members of the sect, including those who were deciding whether to stay long term. … Continue reading

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Cumberland Falls

Billie and I recently returned from a trip to the central Kentucky area, and on our way there we stopped at Cumberland Gap for food, a brief rest, and some contemplation and speculation on the experiences early pioneers must have … Continue reading

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Restoring Damaged Print Images

A friend in Boone, Gregory Anoufriev, recently asked me to attempt the restoration of a damaged photograph of his great grandfather who had served in World War I.  Gregory had a JPEG image of medium resolution, probably scanned from the … Continue reading

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Lenten Rose

The Lenten rose blooms during Lent, hence its name.  We have two colors of Lenten rose in our patio garden, the white flowered and the pink flowered.  Both are in full bloom now, early April in Boone.     The … Continue reading

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Price Lake Discoveries

While exploring for trout lilies on the Price Lake Trail this week I discovered a number of these curiosities in quiet pools along one of the small creeks that feed into the lake.  I collected a photo record of a … Continue reading

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Bass Lake Waterfalls

Perhaps you didn’t know that Bass Lake has waterfalls, but indeed it does!  This tiny falls is just beyond the overflow beneath the bridge by the loop trail to The Maze, a popular route for hikers and runners.  The overflow … Continue reading

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Ah, Bass Lake!

I went back to Bass Lake today to re-acquaint myself with one of my favorite hiking locations.  The lake was beautiful, with none of the invading lily pads yet visible.  The day was beautiful and the view serene; I wanted … Continue reading

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Welcome Home

We’re back in Boone, rested well, and ready to face the different world we experience here in the NC High Country.  We drove into town on March 31 in heavy fog, then had snow flurries for two nights following our … Continue reading

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Back in Boone

The trip home was uneventful and boring, and the experience on this end was entirely predictable: dense fog on the mountain–especially in Blowing Rock, cold temperatures–29 F, and snow flurries all day today on our first day back.  Some April … Continue reading

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