I woke up this morning in disbelief that it's already November. November first to be exact and I actually posted the change of the calendar on time! I will say I have no idea what happened to summer nor the first half of fall, but I am welcoming November with open arms. This time of year it's the close of my photography season for 2016 and have a glorious 3+ months off of rest and recuperation. I honestly LOVE what I do for a living, but I find this time of year I am ready for a little time off. But that time off really means preparation for the holidays and then after lots of house purging, cleaning and of course a little rest and relaxation will find it's way in there.... maybe a puzzle, curled up on the couch watching a movie or reading a good book. who knows... but it's almost here.
We had visited Hanging Rock State Park a few years ago for a quick day trip during the summer. So we decided it would be fun to go back and visit with the cooler temperatures and hopes to see some fall color. However, the cooler temperatures definitely brought crowds of people, that's for sure!
Within in the first three photos of this trip, we I had a moment of panic. Backstory: I have two batteries connected to my camera and I knew the second one was fully charged. I had my camera setup on the my tripod and was photographing this lovely waterfall below and BOOM the camera just shut off. I was like HOLY CRAP what just happened. I knew I had one fully charged battery, but something failed. What is wrong with my camera!?!? I kept seeing ERR (error)!! So I started taking different parts off and on and and noticed the mirror was still up. Well that's no good.... SO then finally after messing around for about 5 minutes, I was able to recover whatever happened. It must have been a perfect storm of the dead batter switchover and the mirror being up while taking a slow photo of a waterfall. Anyways we are all good now and we continued on the trip with much success.
OH and I saw a bald eagle on our drive out and we both saw a very large pileated woodpecker near the end. This is when you had a super zoom lens. (:
I wish I could have captures this waterfall better, but I was at my setting limits... Unfortunate, but also this is when I had my sheer panic of drama unfold AND then there were other OLD hikers around just talking loudly about the AT driving me a little bonkers.
I think this one is my fave...
Joe was annoyed that all of those people were just sitting there at the hanging rock. I think he expected them to move. However, I will say I too thought that it was a big rude just to SIT and SIT and SIT at a famous photography spot. I'm not saying they shouldn't enjoy it, just don't hog it for an hour!
Well we have the internet! We've had no internet since Sunday due to Hurricane Matthew, but since that was the worst thing that happened to us from the storm I'm totally and utterly grateful that that is 'the worst thing that happened to us'. So... Thank you Lord for taking care of us and our little family!!
Soo... Now I can finally share the rest of our grandfather mountain trip! On the second day at Grandfather Mountain... it kinda felt like I was leading towards saying 'On the second day of Christmas' OR maybe I have Christmas on my mind as I purchased Christmas LUSH products and even ordered Christmas presents today...
First stop the Blowing Rock.
Joe sitting on the end of the Blowing Rock
You can walk under it and apparently it's quite interesting when the wind is blowing. Now wind for us on this early morning.
We found a mountain lion! His name is Grover. I really wanted to take him home with us...
thank you iphone
A second mountain lion - Lena.
The next 5 photos (after the cat petting) are from left to right the PANO view of the overlook.
thank you iphone
Lena + Joe forever....
Next stop Blue Ridge Parkway hiking at the bottom of Grandfather Mountain
I believe this is the only 'edge' I sat on. Joe climbed and sat on them all!
Somewhere between this photo and the next we had lunch. On our way to return back toward our car we both saw something walking in tall grasses. It definitely had tan 'long' legs so we aren't sure if it was some sort of fox or wild cat or deer or dog or who knows what. We both had a moment of panic and decided we should probably move quickly and next time bring bear spray or something of the sorts.
Joe called my attire old lady today...
I was collecting acorn tops to whistle with and Joe called me a squirrel as I kept shoving them in my side backpack pockets.
soaking in the last of the Willow Creek - until we meet again.