Around Blowing Rock, NC

Moses Cone Manor overlooking Bass Lake

Moses Cone Manor overlooking Bass Lake

Five years ago, we drove to Blowing Rock with David and Amelia to admire the fall colors. During that trip the weather was not fantastic; on the other hand, the fog and overcast skies lent a nice and moody atmosphere to the photos. This time, the weather was perfect with blue skies and sun; we got to Blowing Rock in time for lunch on October 21, 2020. Later that day, David and Amelia joined us with our grandsons Michael and Nicholas. The next day, the whole family took a stroll around beautiful Bass Lake; later, we had a picnic lunch in Blowing Rock. If you're' wondering why the older page has so many more photos, the answer is simple: grandchildren. I took a fair number shots of the boys, but those are for family pages.

The following morning, we spent some time by Price Lake and along the Blue Ridge Parkway before heading back to Chapel Hill. The woods are truly spectacular in North Carolina at this time of the year. I hope that the images on this page can convey some of that.

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Starting the short but lovely walk around Bass Lake

Starting the short but lovely walk around Bass Lake


Many of the trees on the other side have lost their leaves already

Many of the trees on the other side have lost their leaves already


The path is even and suitable for strollers Stone bridge and babbling brook

The path is even and suitable for strollers

Stone bridge and babbling brook


This wooden bridge leads away from the lake A pine-covered island in the middle of the lake

This wooden bridge leads away from the lake

A pine-covered island in the middle of the lake


Looking diagonally across the lake to the beginning of the trail

Looking diagonally across the lake to the beginning of the trail


Homage to author and artist Joseph E. Scalia's watercolor 'Monet Schmonet'

Homage to author and artist Joseph E. Scalia's watercolor Monet Schmonet


Bass Lake is rather small, not much more than a pond

Bass Lake is rather small, not much more than a pond


A look at the island with its pines and the clouds reflected in the water

A look at the island with its pines and the clouds reflected in the water


A mix of deciduous trees and evergreens By the shore of Bass Lake

A mix of deciduous trees and evergreens

By the shore of Bass Lake


Another look at Moses Cone Manor

Another look at Moses Cone Manor


Bidding farewell to Bass Lake with this small panorama

Bidding farewell to Bass Lake with this small panorama


At 7:25 p.m. night has fallen on Blowing Rock's Main Street

At 7:25 p.m., night has fallen on Blowing Rock's Main Street


The view through the screen of our hotel room window

The view through the screen of our hotel room window


Social distancing under the big gazebo by Memorial Park

Social distancing under the big gazebo by Memorial Park


In Blowing Rock, many trees have already shed their leaves

In Blowing Rock, many trees have already shed their leaves


Looking at Price Lake from the Blue Ridge Parkway

Looking at Price Lake from the Blue Ridge Parkway


Closeup of the shore of Price Lake

Closeup of the shore of Price Lake


By the Moses Cone overlook off the Blue Ridge Parkway

By the Moses Cone overlook off the Blue Ridge Parkway


The Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway


By the Moses Cone overlook off the Blue Ridge Parkway

By the Moses Cone overlook off the Blue Ridge Parkway


The view from the Moses Cone overlook off the Blue Ridge Parkway

The view from the Moses Cone overlook off the Blue Ridge Parkway


On the way home, looking south from highway 221 near Boone

On the way home, looking south from highway 221 near Boone


Another view from tne same location

Another view from tne same location


Rearview mirror portrait

Rearview mirror portrait


Back home on a path to Southern Community Park: We have colors, too!

Back home on a path to Southern Community Park: We have colors, too!


Evening light in Fearrington Village

Evening light in Fearrington Village

Most photos were taken between October 21 and 23, 2020 in and around Blowing Rock, North Carolina;
the last two were taken in early November in Chapel Hill and Fearrington Village, respectively.




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