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Snapsots: Christmas in NC


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Snapsots: Linville Caverns

Caverns are odd places as tourist attractions go. I always wondered why they used such amber lights. Turns out when you white balance the images, the greens (which are suppressed in the amber glow) really pop. Perhaps some guests find this alarming. I do.

I could go without the silly stories of what rock formations create and more science, alas, "wedding chapels," "pipe organs," and "bacon" are about as technical as it gets.

Rarely mentioned is the damage wrought by humans. All the bats in this cave are dead from WNS, spread by us. The pathway and brick wall don't appear to be natural formations. The damage to the walls (algae spores and broken off rock formations which take centuries to grow) are also because of us.

It all makes me think of the principle called The Observer Effect - to observe a thing is to change it. No where is that more evident in caves.

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"The Maze"

Waking in Appalachia it's easy to understand how it received its reputation for being a mystical place, full of dark and ancient magic.

The Appalachian mountains are a very old mountain chain; they were old even when the dinosaurs dominated Earth.

Worn down to nearly nothing now, I find it hard to ignore the gentle pull of these aging giants and the area.



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The Maze
Blowing Rock, NC

Snapshots: North Carolina Vacation

Once again my family vacationed in Blowing Rock this summer.

We took a day trip to Asheville and visited The Biltmore House.

We hiked, we canoed, we toured, we ate and drank.

It's odd to me how much I love my home, New York, and yet how drawn I am to the very ancient Appalachian Mountains.

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"Hero Shot"

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Grandfather Mountain
Blowing Rock, North Carolina

Snapshot: Morning Sunrise

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Morning Sunrise
Duck, NC