Attribution photos

Lake Tomahawk at 11:30 on Mon. October 1, 2018, temperature reached high 70s today.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Sunny walk at the lake

This is Tomahawk Creek. It flows through the golf course, then into Lake Tomahawk.

I'm sharing these geese with Eileen's Saturday's Critters.

I'm gad that I captured the green (though it was late until October) because our first frost is due Sat. night, Oct. 20.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Temporary lunch site

This building was most recently the Foam and Fabric store.  But originally (I think) it had been an auto showroom.  It was purchased by the Town of Black Mountain and now houses the Public Works offices, and the Recreation and Parks department.

When our usual site of the Council on Aging lunch program, The Lakeview Senior Center, was getting renovated, the COA and the Recreation Dept. hauled the tables and chairs over to this building.

I admit to being very skeptical about how it would be having lunch in the building where I'd shopped for fabrics. I remembered it being huge and like a warehouse inside.  This is the side entrance to the lunch program.

Entering the building, the town is beginning to bring some amenities of waiting room style furniture, where you can observe packing boxes piled opposite.

And down one wing, with windows all along one wall, are 5 big round tables, awaiting the seniors who come for lunch Mon - Fri.  The food has always been trucked in hot (or cold as needed) from the Moose Cafe over in western Asheville.  So it hasn't changed things much for us.  We hope to return to the Lakeview Center sometime next week.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Sunshine after a night of rain...thus brown water

Hello, as I stop periodically in my .55 mile walk around Lake Tomahawk.  That is the way I'm able to complete the walk.  Pausing for breath, and photo snapping with my phone.

I wonder how much longer these beautiful hydrangeas will bloom.

I think I prefer the reflected sky, rather than seeing the muddy water as the last one showed.

A woman was sitting on the dam, with her white fluffy dog..barely visible here.

Young people who kept looking down at their phones.  Oh well.

A weekend function left a pretty colored tent near the picnic shelter.

I spotted this female mallard being chased by some other ducks...she had been given a bit of bread...

Monday, October 15, 2018

Monday Mural

Linking to Monday Murals

A well decorated retailing wall, with gravel on the slope above the mural, and kudzu (probably) growing across it and hanging down over the mural.  It faces a parking lot in Spruce Pine NC, where we recently visited. This community is a mining town, where much of the feldspar and the finest silica (for use in all technological devices) is mined still.

Changes along S. Blue Ridge Rd.

 You can turn off South Blue Ridge Rd. onto Lakey Gap Road, and still see the horses on one side.

 You might notice that the earth has been sprayed with something green next to the road, up to a barrier fence.  I wonder if it includes grass seed.

But the sign informs us that Sweet Birch Commons is being built in the other horse pasture.  A series of condominiums.  I cringe to think of the added traffic! Blue Ridge is a 2 lane residential road.

Today's Quote:
Be a true representative of the goodness in your heart, and don’t expect it to be easy or even noticed.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Day trip for pottery lovers

Spruce-Pine North Carolina has one of the best pottery shows.  A smallish venue, and finding parking included shimmeying my car into a non-spot which was right here, across from the entrance to the warehouse.  

This is in the heart of Western North Carolina pottery country. And the potters that displayed here included some of the best of this particular genre.  They are focused on their work. They have their own styles which I've seen change through the 11 years I've been looking at them.  Though it's the next day now, a rainy Sunday morning, the show will continue today 10-4 there in Spruce-Pine.

I'll show more of the pots over on my pottery blog HERE as the week goes on. But today I just wanted to share how wonderful it is to go somewhere on a beautiful day with friends. It sure makes the driving more interesting!

After wandering through all (and I mean all) the displays, the afternoon sunlight on the beautiful floors showed the crowd had diminished by 3:30, almost time for the tired potters to go home.

One potter just fell asleep from exhaustion, and I don't know who she was.  But I don't blame her.

I've got more photos of us tourists. Show you more later

Friday, October 12, 2018

Michael, the hurricane here

While we watched on TV (when the elec was still on) with our mouths hanging open, the damage this Category 4 hurricane made in the Florida panhandle yesterday (having come ashore Wed. around 1:30 pm)...his waters finally gave out on Thurs here in the afternoon.

Black Mountain had received over 7 inches of rain in that 24 hours.  Old Fort had even more.  And Marion even more than that.  So no wonder there were flash flood warnings!  Mountains give up the rain pretty fast, and yet...the good news was that it didn't rain so badly over toward the coast where the last hurricane Florence had flooded the low lands with continued rivers overrunning everything.

So I just wanted to add this weather to my history
If I drive down my street, Blue Ridge Road, down the hill, across US 70 at the bottom of the hill, across the tracks, then about a block, there's the Swannanoa River, usually just a creek hereabouts.  That guard rail shows the usual length of it, and it's usually running perpendicular a few feet under the road (South Blue Ridge Road here).  But yesterday around 10 am, a Black Mountain News photographer captured it as it flooded to the pavement.  It has gone higher in the past, but this of course closed the road.

The same publication on Facebook gave this photo of my favorite walking area. Lake Tomahawk is a very shallow lake, and is in a bowl of valley between lots of steep hills, and one creek that feeds it. I don't even know if it has a name, maybe one of the North Forks.  Around here there's even a North Fork Right Fork.  I've never seen the Left Fork...but this one probably isn't it.  I'll ask some folks who live below the lake on the creek that flows into the Swannanoa just a few blocks beyond their house.

I'm glad the BM News photographer took this, because that's my path, over there on the left, and the post is the corner of the Lakeview Center building.  The bench and tree are usually on a spit of land with Lake Tomahawk on either side...and you can walk out to it.  A friend who lives overlooking the lake said it had gone back down in a few hours!  I was glad, thinking of that earthen dam that protects all those houses along the creek below the lake.

I wish I had a photo of the one of the most amazing devastations from the storm near Panama City FL.  It was on the weather channel yesterday, of a train that had been blown the tracks all along the length of it...empty cars, no engine.  There were some cars that had been blown right off the wheel trolleys.

I know the personal devastation for homes was also bad, and there are many photos of how awful that looks...just lumber and a few slabs of concrete where homes were.  I hope the occupants were in shelters...and that they are able to return to their lives without too much trauma.

It was hard to read of my friend on Facebook in Tallahassee when she lost power and then was sitting in her closet with her cat listening to the roar of the wind.  I'm glad that she wrote the next day that she survived the storm without damage to her home, but was still without electricity on Thursday. The damage to property and especially trees from so much wind is staggering.

But we didn't suffer from wind.  And I only wanted to post because I wanted to save these photos for my own history.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Cloudy walk

 A cloudy but dry day to walk on Mon Oct 8, 2018.

 I may not encounter wildlife, but there were dogs and owners all along the path...perhaps that's why ducks and geese weren't there!
 The green grass at the far side of the lake, is all that grows on the earthen dam of Lake Tomahawk now.

 Yes, along the walk on the dam was fluttering a Monarch butterfly.  So I fluttered with my phone camera in hopes of capturing it too.

 There were obviously a few misses!

And surprisingly enough, I caught some mallards as they came in for a landing on the lake.  They also make a bunch of noise as they fly...perhaps saying to each other, "yes, there's good eating on the bottom of this shallow lake!"