Fall foliage at Glassmine Gap

Autumn Trek on the Appalachian Trail

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“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” – John Muir On a late Saturday afternoon I stepped off from Deep Gap and began a lumbering climb up Standing Indian mountain in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. I continued this backpacking trip through days of crisp Autumn air, concluding on a cold, wet Friday […]

Fire tower lookout from Albert Mountain

Albert Mountain on the Appalachian Trail

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Albert Mountain is located near the town of Franklin, North Carolina and overlooks the Coweeta Basin. From the vista of Albert Mountain you can see for 20 miles in every direction, making it an ideal spot for a fire tower or scenic view of Fall’s changing colors. This 5,250 foot high mountain sits on the path of the Appalachian Trail, and was also the setting for a 40 foot high metal fire tower lookout that […]

Biltmore Bass Pond

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The great landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted designed the gardens of the Biltmore Estate between 1889 and 1895, prior to earning acclaim for his work on New York City’s Central Park. The Bass Pond was the continuation of the English garden which began closer to the mansion and near the formal French gardens. The Bass pond did not occur naturally. In fact, it took careful engineering by Olmstead to ensure the pond remained clear of silt […]

Blue Ridge Parkway

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Southern Virginia and northern North Carolina in the Blue Ridge mountains is a mixture of hardwood forests and dotted with carved out pastures. Through this runs the Blue Ridge Parkway. This is quite possibly the most beautiful stretch of road to be found anywhere. Log cabin barns are still actively used to store tools and implements. When Verizon says they cover 97% of where people live…this is the other 3%. Split rail fences still dot the scenery, […]

Autumn Colors in Millennium Park, Chicago

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After weeks of cloudy weekends, I headed out with the mighty squirrel hunter on a contemplative walk through Lincoln Park. I’m inspired by the turning leaves. Even knowing the scientific reasoning was the withdraw of green chlorophyll does nothing to reduce the magic. Autumn is the culmination of a year of birth and growth, and it’s as if God wants to paint a final masterful tapestry before settling in for the long, cold winter. We meandered through […]

Morning at Emerald Lake

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Emerald Lake is located near East Dorset in southern Vermont. The mighty squirrel hunter and I made a very cold camp the previous night in these hills, interrupted by a skunk (thankfully escaped without spray) while staying warm by a roaring fire. We walked along the lakeshore this morning to warm in the sun and caught this amazing view. The benefit of such a cold night was an absence of humidity in the air, providing […]