Friday, November 19, 2010

A rediscovered day

It was a beautiful spring day when I took these photos.

 

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We were in Great Smoky Mountains National Park when we came across this beautiful little stream.

 

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When I caught up to them, my husband was smiling and George was doing this.

 

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And staring at this.

 

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This Canada goose was all by himself, seemingly enjoying the warmth of the spring day and getting his feet wet. Although they’re herbivores, a Canada goose will sometimes eat insects and fish. Perhaps we had interrupted his lunch.

 

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George continues to do the stare-down, border collie style.

 

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That bird isn’t going anywhere.

 

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The sound of the water rushing by was loud and the waves were like mini-rapids.

 

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Beautiful.

 

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Eventually, we left the goose to his own devices and traveled downstream a bit, to a quieter place. You can still see the waterfall in the center of the photo.

 

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Much quieter down here.

 

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I love how the water has made an interesting shelf along the shoreline in this peaceful little spot on a beautiful spring afternoon.

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I didn’t have any fresh photos for today’s post, so I did what I often do, and delved into my files only to find these pictures that I’d completely forgotten to share with you. They were taken last April, over Easter Break, when my husband and I visited Great Smoky Mountains National Park on our way to the Gulf Coast.

Thanks to all who answered the question on their signature dish (or lack thereof!) for the Thanksgiving meal. I always enjoy reading your answers. Until tomorrow, my friends . . .

29 comments:

texwisgirl said...

Oh this was such a lovely post! Glad you came across some "old stuff" to share with us! I LOVE George! What a good dog he is to watch that goose so well for you! This was such a wonderful walk with you and yours!

tj said...

...Oh my, what a beautiful place! I'd be hard pressed to ever leave! :o)

...That photo of George doin' the stare down is priceless! But then so is George... ;o)

...Blessings...

SouthernSass said...

These are beautiful photos. This park is on my "must visit" list!

COUNTRY GAL said...

Such a beautiful place, great photos ! Have a good day !

Sharmon Davidson said...

Great photos! thanks for reminding me how much I love the Smokies!

Jeanne Walker said...

Great pics and narrative...wouldn't expect any less of you! Love the Smokies, but I left my heart in the Rockies!

I didn't get to post yesterday...too much going on. So I take the liberty to tell you that my signature dish is 'Spinach Madeline' who is (was) a recent plantation owner in Louisiana although I cannot remember which plantation at the moment. The recipe was first published, I believe, in the Junior League of Baton Rouge's first cookbook 'River Roads'. It fast became a Thanksgiving and Christmas staple and has spread nationally and perhaps even globally. I will send you the recipe...you might want to try it one of these cold winter days!

Happy Thanksgiving, Kate, to you and to your family!

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Love the photos and love this park. I spent 10 days here a few years back and enjoyed the hiking. Really loved Cades Cove (may be spelling that wrong). Just beautiful.

mrs mediocrity said...

I felt like I was there, walking with you. I love how you do that. George is so funny. The pictures are gorgeous.

Oliag said...

It is amazing how loud the power of water is! Gorgeous photos...and it was nice to see spring for a change:)

Jen at Cabin Fever said...

November is such a hard month to have "fresh photos" in. I am finding the same problem. Good thing I get shutter happy as soon as the world starts greening up!

Michelle said...

Tonight my husband and dogs provided my evening entertainment. The photos I put on my blog aren't nearly as beautiful as yours, but I think you'd like them. :-)

Gail said...

What I would give to have that in my back yard...beautiful.

Kerri said...

It's always fun to dig into the archives! What a lovely place to spend a spring day!!

Steph said...

Smokey Mtn National Park is one of our favorite places. My husband and I have very fond memories of exploring it. Thanks for the reminder Kate...Off to look for my own pics of that special place. :)

Marilyn said...

What a beautiful place you found...
all I have to say other than that is......thank you for saying CANADA Goose and not Canadian Goose......to me it is a big deal....they are not all Canadians!!! Now I can go on with my day......and you, yours!!!!
have a great one......
:)

beth said...

that goose was doing that thing called "make like a tree" in hopes that george wouldn't notice him....

beautiful photos !

The Japanese Redneck said...

My Country is half border collie and she can do that stare down too!

Ya'll have a wonderful weekend!

sharon said...

Loved your photos of the mountain stream. I love taking walks by rivers. great pictures, thanks, I needed a little mountain air for my soul.

These Nine Acres said...

so pretty. It gives me hope for spring even though winter hasn't officially started yet...has it?

Carolynn said...

It looks like one my countrymen got a wee bit off course. It's unusual for a goose to travel alone, but he seems happy enough. I love George's expression.

JC said...

I love the roots photo.

Daryl said...

George wanted to herd that goose ...

The Weaver of Grass said...

Golden moments to savour, Kate.

swamericana said...

Thanks for the bio-facts about the Canadian goose. Didn't know they would eat fish. I can't wait to see your winter pictures this season. I've a photo on my blog of Cottonwood yellow sound that you might like to peruse. I also admire your habit pattern of trying to post fresh photos most everyday. --Jack, Sage to Meadow

Char said...

a beautiful walk down memory lane

A New England Life said...

Awesome! Talk about torture for George though. He carries himself well though and doesn't seem to lose control. Lily would never be that gracious.

You document the good days so well.

Anonymous said...

There are so many places of natural beauty in our United States, and the Smokies are among my favorites. Your photos are beautiful and really show the peace one can find there.

Linda (GillLink)

Mary said...

These are so beautiful, Kate! Like a sweet memory of spring as the leaves rustle and fall... thanks!

Merisi said...

Thank you for these images from the Smokies, one of my favorite National Parks!