A View to Hugh

Hugh Morton was a master at the art of photography. His image collection has been donated to the University of North Carolina where they are all being cataloged and digitalized. The good folks working on the project have a blog called “A View to Hugh”. Amber Couch was one of the archivists…She has posted a piece on some of the lessons she learned in the process of scanning and working with the images about the tricks and tips of Hugh Morton’s photography.

I’ve learned a lot over the last ten months working on this collection. I’ve learned about archival procedure, making many mistakes along the way the method for organizing the slides changed probably four or five times before I found one that worked. I have found homes for hundreds of “orphan” slides, and processed more than 72,000 slides in total. I’ve also been able to travel to amazing places: Grandfather Mountain, the Fern Grottoes of Hawaii, the McNeil River in Alaska, Galilee at Sunrise, Puerto Rican beaches, and Milford Sound in New Zealand.

via A View to Hugh.

If you enjoy the photos of Hugh Morton, this is a great website to explore…

Blue Ridge Parkway Wildflower Report from Virtual Blue Ridge

From the web…

This is the Blue Ridge Parkway Wildflower Report for the week of June 18. An abundance of rain in the region here in late spring has given us full creeks and nice waterfalls tumbling down to the piedmont along with prolific wildflower bloom.

In North Carolina, Doughton Park staff reports the Catawba Rhododendron is fading but nice Mountain Laurel displays are coming on along with Ox Eyed Daisy, Cardinal Flower and Buttercup. Hawkweed and Golden Rod are showy in the adjacent meadows.

Around the Moses Cone Estate walk the trails to find good examples of Spiderwort, Wild Geranium, Ox Eyed Daisy, Flame Azalea, Jack in the Pulpit and the Catawba Rhododendron. Take in the hike across Rough Ridge you’re likely to find Goat’s Beard and Galax, Laurel, some Mountain Ash and Yarrow. Much of the same can be found at the Linn Cove Visitors Center and the Tanawha Trail. Laurel and rhododendron, Little Brown Jug are nice at Beacon Heights.

Further south in the Pisgah District, south of Asheville, Flame Azalea is vibrant, Mountain Laurel are nicely on display. Fire Pink and Buttercup and Yellow Ragwort, Goat’s Beard, Mountain Krigia are making nice splashes of color as you make this drive. Indian paintbrush is on nice display in fields at milepost 437 and Mountain Spiderwort at Milepost 443 at the end of the Parkway, it’s certainly worth the drive.

via Blue Ridge Parkway Wildflower Report for June 19, 2009.

Not Your Grandfather’s Retirement – CBS News

I caught this on Sunday Morning yesterday and found the Asheville stories very interesting…

Mountain air is not enough for a generation determined to ban boredom in retirement. Martha Teichner visited Asheville, N.C., to explore how some are designing more creative retirements:

Americans just aren’t retiring the way they used to …

“We don’t want to just sit down and vegetate,” said Jim Wyatt.

via Not Your Grandfather’s Retirement – CBS News.

All Parkway Concession Facilities Open this Weekend!

Via Facebook Group Blue Ridge Parkway

What a perfect weekend for the Blue Ridge Parkway! All concession facilities – Peaks of Otter Lodge, Crabtree Falls, Mabry Mill, Bluffs, and the Pisgah Inn — are open on Saturday to take care of your hungries after your favorite hike or activity. The apple trees are in full bloom at the Moses Cone Estate and the Orchard at Altapass. Higher elevations e.g Graveyard Fields are showing a rich display of serviceberry; a special frame of Mabry Mill is available now with the serviceberry in the foreground. This photo op is only good for the next few days.

All members who add photoghraphs (PHOTOS MUST BE TAKEN OVER THIS WEEKEND THROUGH MONDAY) to the new Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation Flickr site by the close of business, Monday, April 27 will receive a free Blue Ridge Parkway “RIDE” pin … Share the Journey!

http://www.flickr.com/groups/944731@N20/

Enjoy the view, but watch the road …

I wish I was close enough to make a road trip…

Blue Ridge Country… The Mountain Report

When I first discovered the Blue Ridge Mountains I also discovered this magazine. A subscription soon followed…

Here is an article about my favorite mountain…Go read it at their site.

A Grandfather for the People

Grandfather Mountain, a North Carolina icon, may soon become Grandfather Mountain State Park – though the park’s name has not yet been determined, its fate has. Cathryn McCue spent a day with members of the Morton family, who have served as caretakers for the mountain since Hugh Morton died in 2006.

via Blue Ridge Country… The Mountain Report.

$2.5M Smokies visitor center gets environmental OK : News : Knoxville News Sentinel

News from the web…

CHEROKEE, N.C. – A federal environmental assessment has cleared the way for construction of a new $2.5 million visitor center at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, officials said today.

The planned Oconaluftee Visitor Center will be built adjacent to the existing 1,100-square-foot center on U.S. Highway 441, about two miles inside the Cherokee entrance, according to park officials. The complex will include the new 6,000- to 7,000-square-foot visitor center, restrooms, a redesigned parking area, an information kiosk and improved entrances and exits to U.S. 441, according to a news release.

via $2.5M Smokies visitor center gets environmental OK : News : Knoxville News Sentinel.

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$2.5M Smokies visitor center gets environmental OK : News : Knoxville News Sentinel

News from the web…

CHEROKEE, N.C. – A federal environmental assessment has cleared the way for construction of a new $2.5 million visitor center at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, officials said today.

The planned Oconaluftee Visitor Center will be built adjacent to the existing 1,100-square-foot center on U.S. Highway 441, about two miles inside the Cherokee entrance, according to park officials. The complex will include the new 6,000- to 7,000-square-foot visitor center, restrooms, a redesigned parking area, an information kiosk and improved entrances and exits to U.S. 441, according to a news release.

via $2.5M Smokies visitor center gets environmental OK : News : Knoxville News Sentinel.

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Discover Floyd, Nature’s Mountain Paradise – Virginia Is For Lovers

On the crest of the Blue Ridge, Floyd County’s lush mountainscapes portray the diversity and beauty of the mountain plateau and present a natural playground whether your fun is hiking, biking, fishing, camping and/or photography.

Never traversed by a four-lane road or rail-line, Floyd County’s heritage and natural beauty are remarkably well-preserved. Chosen for 40 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway, it’s among the most beautiful counties in Virginia with scenic overlooks, picturesque working farms, and historic sites, including the famed Mabry Mill, which is maintained and operated by the National Park Service and serves as a visual centerpiece of the Parkway and tourism magnet for the region.

Hike up Buffalo Mountain, part of a 1,000-acre Natural Area Preserve that stands nearly 4,000 feet in altitude. Enjoy panoramic views of the forest, fields, sunrises and sunsets. This mountain was once part of a large land grant given to Robert E. Lee’s father, “Lighthorse Harry” Lee for his military service. Along the hike on the Rock Castle Gorge National Recreational Trail, you’ll see tunnels of rhododendren and other thick mountain foliage, a splashing stream, and high open meadows.

via Discover Floyd, Nature’s Mountain Paradise – Virginia Is For Lovers.

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