It was my anniversary recently and it had been snowing and raining for days and days. We didn’t get to do much on the actual day of our anniversary because it had been so stormy.
So, finally, we got a chance to go to Painted Rock, a place near Hot Springs, NC.
I wanted to share our journey in photographs.
The road to get there had been flooded by the French Broad River, so we parked the car right before this part of the road and started walking. Painted Rock was only supposed to be a mile or two away on foot.
My dog came along for this long hike, too. He left his footprints in the mud just before jumping in the frigid river. Yeah, he’s a crazy yellow lab like that.
The road was gravel and we hardly saw anyone else while walking. What a beautiful January day to do this!
I kept finding little treasures to photograph. I find it incredible that this old leaf has survived all the storms and was just sitting calmly in this puddle.
We kept finding interesting things along our path. Of course there I was, at
the ready, with my camera.
For this (above) photo, I was intrigued by the cool patterns the ripples created, juxtaposed by the dead-looking log. It’s almost a haunting picture but the water adds another element of “life” to it. At least that’s what I was thinking.
I admit this was an unfortunate discovery. When we arrived at Paint Rock, we were looking for Native American paintings on the rocks.
Here’s the part where I will tell you I am part Native American (1/16th Navajo) and Nature is my Church. Every time I see something like this, I feel like someone has desecrated my home.
I didn’t want that to ruin my experience, though. So, I passed all this and checked out the cliffs:
I feel such awe when staring at Nature’s Majesty.
We continued to walk down the Canyon for awhile and happened upon a little side river that ran into the French Broad River (image below).
For the record, this was my first time trying out a long-exposure setting on my camera. I was psyched at how this image turned out:
I’m just a little psyhed at that river shot!
I have a few more pictures from our journey, but alas, I’m going to save them because they’ll be really fun for some other posts I have in mind.
Have a great Monday!