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Main Street USA – Hendersonville, NC, part 2

How could I write a post about Historic Hendersonville without including some of the following images??? Chosen in black & white, as so to reflect the timelessness of the town.   Come and take a walk down main street with me……

A view of Main Street, from the intersection of 6th and Main

An ICON. The Mast General Store. Here you can find things from UGG boots, to fashion clothing, to old fashioned toys and candies, to candles, cookware, and books.

The historic old courthouse, now a museum

The Old Apothecary sign. Now "Mikes on Main" (an ice cream and soda shop---with some pretty good diner food as well!)

The clock above the current gem and mineral museum

The Black Rose Pub. Tasty Irish food (including good old bangers and mash) is served up here.

McFarlans Bakery. If you have never been, you are missing out on one of the best bakeries in the south!

I couldn't do McFarlan's justice with just a sign. I had to show some of their yummy treats!

Main Street USA….Hendersonville, NC – part 1

One of my favorite parts of downtown “Historic Hendersonville” is Main Street.  It was established in the 1840’s, and still remains quaint and timeless in its beauty.  While many (if not most) of the buildings on the main 7 block stretch are original….they are all transformed into a cultural and diverse display of modern tastes.  One does not need to walk far to find fantastic food, chocolates, art, clothing, and trinkets of any kind.  And I can’t write about downtown Hendersonville without mentioning the bears.  No…not real bears, but the bear statues that are painted by local artists each year, and then auctioned off for local charities.  You can read more about that here, if you like.  http://www.hendersonvillebears.com/about/

One of the Bears on Main Street in Hendersonville, NC

I walked down Main Street a few days ago, camera in hand, to take pictures of a few of my favorite spots.  I ended up coming home with over 150 pictures.  Just of 6 blocks.  As I poured over them, I couldn’ t decide which to share.  There is a place in my heart for every store that I love on Main street.  Every historic thing.  The kind store owners who always have time to talk, to help… to share their knowledge or their recipes or their directions to the best hidden spots to visit in these mountains.  So rather than post over 150 images of the entire street, I decided to do a 2 part series, and narrow it down to my favorite three places in part 1.  The places I always visit when I walk these streets, because something always draws me back time and time again.

Now….I am sure I would get arguments from many on what THEIR favorite haunts are in Hendersonville.  And they would all have their points, as these places  all have special enticements to each unique individual.  However, these are my PERSONAL favorites…and I am glad to have the opportunity to share them with any of you who are reading.  I hope you all have the chance to visit someday……there really is no place like Main Street.

My Favorite Art Gallery

WICKWIRE fine art / folk art

WICKWIRE's street sign

One of the many displays of beautiful art at WICKWIRE

Another WICKWIRE art selection, which speaks for itself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Favorite Restaurant

Never Blue tapas bar and grille


 

Ahhhh…..the Never Blue. While there are many fantastic restaurants in town, this one is a “MUST VISIT” for me, every time.
While I STRONGLY encourage you to take a look at the specialty drink menu from Never Blue (if for nothing else, for entertainment)…my favorite is the tried and true margarita.
” The Brownie”. Takes 20 minutes to make….you need to order it with dinner. Try one, and you’ll know why…..

Kids Top Pick:  The Toy Store!

Dancing Bear Toys

Dancing Bear Toys...the most fun your kids will have on Main Street!

....and this is only 1/4 of the store!

The people at Dancing Bear are kind enough to have some "mommy seats" with local magazines, while you wait for the kids to decide what they want.

All in 12 hours: The Ever Changing View

It’s not often that I brag.  At least, I don’t think I do.  But when I have a backyard view that some people hike for miles to witness, I have to share it.  I am not trying to brag, but more to let others witness what I get to see in just a few hours.

One thing I always loved about living in the mountains of North Carolina, was the ever changing view that I got to experience.  Every day.  From the moment that you wake up in the morning until it gets dark at night, no matter when you look out that back window, SOMETHING is always changing.  Perhaps its the photographer in me that notices the light differentiation, the clouds moving, the mountains turning different colors….but I dont think so.  I think it would be something that would be hard for ANYONE to miss.

SO today I set out on a small personal challenge.  From the moment the sunrise cast its pink colors onto the Blue Ridge Mountains….until the moment it set underneath its beautiful peaks….I photographed it.  I probably took 20 pictures in all, of the same view, from roughly the same spot on my deck.  Here are some of my favorites, and I hope you enjoy todays view as much as I did.  🙂

Approx. 7:30 am, as the glow of the sunrise illuminates the clouds

8:00 am. Looks like its going to be a beautiful day!

9:00 am. Possible storm clouds rolling in?

9:30 am. God's sign of promise- the rainbow.

12:00. Clouds clearing back up. Blue skies rolling in.

2:00 pm and the rest of the afternoon. Not a cloud in sight.

5:45 pm. The sun setting over the beautiful mountains. I had to pull back a bit in this shot, to get the sun, but its still taken from the same angle. 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Hope

Hope – “to cherish a desire with anticipation”

While growing up, my one “hope” or desire was to have a child/children and be able to be a stay at home mom.  Once I achieved that goal, the word “hope” took on an entirely new meaning.

I hope they are healthy.  I hope they have a good life.  I hope they stay safe.  I hope people are kind to them, and that they experience as little heartache as possible.  I hope they find happiness.  I hope they find someone, someday, who loves them as much as I do.  I hope they have children of their own.  I hope they live long, prosperous lives.

I have so many hopes and wishes for my children, and every night when I pray, I always ask for these things for them.  Hope, I have found, is really all that I have.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Simple

This morning I awoke to my former life.  I was back in North Carolina.  Back in the mountains.  Back to the place I used to call HOME.

I made my morning coffee and waited patiently, looking out the window into the receding darkness.

The sun started to rise.  The colors emerged.   The peace in my soul started flowing again.

Nothing could be more simple than that.

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Winter

In light of the holiday season (the shopping, decorating, wrapping, and photo sessions for Christmas Cards), I have fallen behind on my blogging once again.  I was out on location for a couples session last night.  At the beach.  In the north.  In January.  Although we froze our tushies off, it made for some stunning images (which I hope to add to my blog later tonight).

As we strolled along the beach, we came across this tree.  I rarely pause a photo shoot to take a picture for myself, but I know this couple well…and I simply could not resist the stunning image this ice covered tree presented me with.  Its something that even my fancy camera couldn’t really do justice to.  But here it is anyway, as I am now able to happily post my “Winter” photo Challenge.

To quote something I saw a friend post on Facebook recently:  “The winters will drive you crazy until you learn to get out into them.”
― Parker J. Palmer

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Hidden

“Often one finds one’s destiny just where one hides to avoid it.”~Chinese Proverb

Hidden waterfall

And the full on view. Pearson Falls. Saluda, NC

Weekly Photo Challenge: Opportunity II

Ok….had to slip a few more hiking photos in.  Yesterday we hiked through Pisgah Forest to a waterfall called Skinny Dip Falls.  It was worth the short (but difficult) 1/2 mile hike into the forest to see this waterfall.  The trail was gorgeous (and had the most interesting tree I have ever seen)…and the waterfall consisted of 4 falls along a beautiful stream.  In the summer, people swim here in the clear deep swimming hole section of this area.  In October, it was quiet and deserted (just the way I like it!) as ythe water is too cold for swimming.  Hope you enjoy the photos!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Opportunity

This week, I have been fortunate enough to travel to the mountains of North Carolina to take photos of the fall colors there.  Talk about a fabulous opportunity!  Feeling blessed to be able to be here, I thought this weeks photo challenge was a great time to share some of the images I have captured with all of you.  Enjoy!~

Perspective…..in the eyes of the beholder

Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.  I am finding that  how we perceive life: our journey – our paths taken –  is the same thing.

What do you see? A cloudy, rainy, dismal day? Or beauty in the altered sky, water, and wave formations?

Have you ever watched a movie that shows super fast clips of someones thoughts, or flashbacks from their life?  Fast clips.  Might show 30 things in the span of 5 seconds.  It gives you insight into the characters background, or explains their thought processes in a short amount of time, so the movie isn’t 5 hours long.

It occurred to me last night and this morning, as I was reading through some blog posts on wordpress, that this is how I THINK.  This is the way my mind processes everything, every day, all day long.  No complete thoughts.  Words, flashes, images….. faster and faster and faster.

Keeping in mind that I homeschool my 4 children, and that I am a photographer, wife, housekeeper, etc…..here is a little glimpse into what might go through my mind in the span of 1 minute.  But, remember, I am a photographer.  I see life in images.  In pictures.  Every thought, every chore, every single thing I need to do is a framed image.  Sad, I know, but thats just the way it works.  so………

Ready?  Set.  GO!

“””Laundry.  Crafts.  Edit session.  Check math.  Ugh, look at those all those dirty dishes.  Dog hair all over kitchen floor.  Vacuum. Change fish tank water.  Check email.  Saturate that picture! Yard needs mowed.  Buy halloween costumes.  Plan vacation.  Do spelling.  Dogs need water.  Have I fed cats?  Make lunch.  Make playdough for little ones.  Did I check that math?  I have to finish editing that session!  Computer screen filthy.  Put on tv for kids so I can calm down.  Where’s that bottle of wine??????????”””” *wink*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Often I have compared my life (and my brain) to chucking a bouncy ball into a rubber room.  All four walls, ceiling and floor are rubber (and representative of my life).  I am the bouncy ball.  Boing….boing……boing…..  I keep bouncing from one thing to the next, accelerating as I go along. Each thing I do seems to move me faster and faster.  My friends compare me to Tigger (Woo-hoo-hoo-hoo!!! 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So,being my Tigger-y  self, I decide to read blogs.  Follow blogs.  Start a blog.  Might as well add MORE to the mix, right?  LOL

Yesterday and today, I come across these two blog posts.  Its like a little lightning bolt was sent down from the heavens to shake me up a bit.  Okay….SOMEONE is trying to tell me SOMETHING, so I better listen.  And it wasnt that these blog posts were directed at me, because while I do follow these blogs, I have never met the authors and they do not know me from Adam, other than perhaps recognizing my avatar on the comments page now and again.  Take a peek, you might get something out of them too.

Being Thankful (Rambling with a cantankerous old mule)

The Joy is in the Jouney (Pix & Kardz)

Two key points that stuck in my mind.

From “Being Thankful :  “And I was forced to repent of my attitude. We really do have so much for which to be grateful, no matter what our circumstances!”

And from The Joy is in the Journey:  “You could consider all that still needs to be taken care of as part of the adventure”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hmmmmm.  Wow.  Pretty poignant stuff.  Maybe the “bouncy ball” needs to enjoy bouncing around that room a bit more, instead of complaining about it.  Instead of always looking at everything I have to do and stressing about it, maybe I need to realize that IS really the FUN ADVENTURE that is my life.  It is an adventure, and it honestly is fun.  Just getting caught up in the mundane details can take away from it all.

I have ALWAYS told everyone that I lead a charmed life.  In fact, I have said it so many times, my friends are probably sick of hearing that statement from me.  But MAYBE, just maybe, I need to put my heart where my mouth is…and LIVE IT a little more. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life is what you make it.  Enjoy ~

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