“Blessed are the curious, for they shall have adventures.” ― Lovelle Drachman
I saw a photo in Our State magazine of a river bend of the French Broad River.
I wanted to photograph it.
5 hours and probably 5 “u” shaped bends being found on GPS, we found the bend.
It’s on private property and no one called me back.
Our State has actually had a photo of two river bends I wanted to see and shoot. The French Broad River in Marshall/Madison, and the New River in Ashe County. I contacted the photographer of the first one, and she never got back to me. I asked Jared Kay, another local photographer and he just said it was on private property. I hoped I could get a similar view somewhere close that was public. I had no idea where the bend was. We started on Google Maps and wrote down road names we thought would get us close the horseshoe bends. If I’d had a drone, I could’ve shot at least two others. When we finally found the “right” one, it was indeed on private property. I contacted them and the lady said she’d call me back. She never did.
We did sit on a downed tree and had lunch by the river while watching two kayakers come in near the Stackhouse. This was definitely a day to mark down as being about the journey instead of the destination.
We went on to find Trillium Falls. We passed a trickle of water but since it was less than .2 to the fork in the road, that said we went .3, we were not sure we’d found it. I shot from inside the car for because one I didn’t think that was it at the time and another, someone nearby had a sign that read, “beware of dog, he bites.” It didn’t look anything like the photo in Adam’s book (pg107). The fork was more than 1/3 closer than it said, so when we got home, I looked on Google maps and yep, we were at the right place. We were going to drive by two falls on 209 but it was a full day in the car and both of those were roadside. We called it a day. Maybe we’ll try to see those when we get to Hot Springs, NC someday.
We passed over 15 cars on the side of the road, 6 wasp nest hanging in trees, 3 pigs not fenced in, and 2 hawks, and the first-ever gated creek we’ve ever seen.
If you don’t count the photo instruction on my new Nikon at my friend June’s house where we shot a few still-life photos, this was the last photo outing I’ve been on in ages. We had family in for Thanksgiving, we both caught colds, I’ve got a few weeks left on the 52 week project, and that same amount of time before I really need to start on our business paperwork, and now the Christmas countdown is on. Any of you tried the new Elderberry extract for colds? I tried one but when I tried to compare Sambucol, Norms’ Farms and Gaia to see if I was getting the most extract per dose, I just got confused. There is syrup, extract, and gummies. I think the gummies and pills have the least mg.
Here a look at my sweet, mostly well-behaved boy in front of the tree which happens to be “Tyler” colored this year in brown, navy and white. Tyler is getting a new orthopedic bed and a few more flat heat retention pads. If I pad the bed he has, he won’t lay in it. He doesn’t like lumpy like egg-crate and although he likes blankies anywhere else, if I put one in his big bed for padding, he’ll boycott it. Hope I guessed right. I don’t even want to know how many cat beds we are up to in this house. Tyler and Trinity didn’t like the same kind of bed, plus he’s a big boy and Trinity was not. I guess I can donate the unused ones to a shelter, if they don’t mind a little cat hair because I’m not putting that many in my washer! Looks like this year we may be celebrating with family on the 26th but that’s okay, as we know what Christmas really represents.
BTW if you’re local and recognize your cornfield, sorry for walking on to your property, but I just had to get that shot! I wish I’d had a drone for that one too as the path led to an excellent “S” curve cut out in the corn but I couldn’t get high enough to capture it.
On top of that, I went to look up details on a camera I had for sale on one of my webpages, only to find that every single webpage hosted (for free) on 000webhost was gone. My pages are mostly static pages with info and I use this blog for current post. Well, not only did the host makes each site “sleep” for an hour each day, they also delete them if you don’t update them all the time. So, in the middle of everything else, I’ve rebuilt them all on Wix. I didn’t choose them initially because you couldn’t just FTP the sites and each one had to be rebuilt. This past month, I’ve rebuilt Shop828, The Friendly Floppy Ragdoll Cat, at Meow, and Design.KimberlyMaxwell combining all but the first one to one site. It has been a major overall. Thankfully I had the sites all on my computer so I could copy and paste the text. If you’re up to it, go take a looksie at all my hard work combines now at KimberlyMaxwell.com I am not completely done yet, I’ve still got plenty of links and picture data to add but I’m happy with the progress I’ve made.
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I just love your pictures, Kim. Becky and I floated the French Broad about 15 years ago, and one of your picture looks very, very familiar. It was a great trip, and I’m glad we took it. Have a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year! 🙂
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I don’t do boats, rafts, or even docks well. Looks like fun though. I am really itching to get back out and shoot. I’m missing the outdoors! I hope you both have a merry Christmas and new year too ~