A little chickadee braves the recent snowstorm.
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A ring-billed gull flying into a sunny spot on a cold day. I liked how this turned out with the dark background.
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I'll never get enough of sleeping outside or being hidden away in Pisgah Forest. I'm not really a plant person, but growing up, rhododendron were always my favorite. They're kind of a staple of the southern Appalachians. If you've ever spent time in the Blue Ridge, you know exactly what I'm talking about. They grow so thick up above Brevard, and there aren't many things I like more than how they almost feel like walls around campsites like this one. 🔥🏕
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Be still before the LORD // psalm 37:7
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A little throwback to summertime! Thanks @alangarvick for reminding us that we do still in fact live in the South! Anyone ready for warmer weather and longer days? Keep tagging us and using #naturalnorthcarolina to get featured! . . . . . #mothernature #nat#naturers #nature #instanature #naturephotography #travel #hiking #lifestyle #explore #adventure #visitnc #naturenc #nco#ncoors #ncmountains #playonnc #scenicnc #explorecarolina #northcarolina #romanticasheville #appalachianexplorers #appalachiantrails #shareyourNC #nc #hikeNC #boone #ncoutdoor_inc #neverstopexploring #thegreatoutdoors @naturalunited
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Sunstar sunset ⭐️🌅 Try this: look at a dark part of the picture — e.g. the rightmost 1/4 — for ten seconds. Then look directly at the sun (the one in the photo! not the real sun!). As your eyes adjust, you should see the glow subtly brighten & expand.
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Can't get enough of the vast collection of summer bloom shots I uncovered while digging through my library. Another shot of Catawba rhododendron, a species of rhododendron found in southern segments of the Appalachians, this time from the Grandfather Mountain. #ncstateparks #blueridgeparkway #ncpassport #blueridgemoments #blueridgemountains #wildflower #grandfathermountain #rhododendron #catawba #catawbarhododendron #summerblooms #grandfathermountainstatepark #visitnc #naturenc #hiking #hikingadventures #ncadventures #nchiking #hikenc #ncwilderness #flowerstagram #ncparks #northcarolina #asheville #ashevillebound #avltoday #ashevillenc #linville
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Reflections while paddling Mountain Island Lake. Northwest of Charlotte, the lake is fed by the Catawba River and provides drinking water for over 1 million residents of Charlotte and surrounding Mecklenburg County. 📷: @jhillslife #naturenc #mountainisland #nc
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These beatiful colors lasted long enough for me to snap a photo this morning. It was really amazing.
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I posted this image in haste last week and wasn’t happy with it so I took it down. I tried to make it something it wasn’t. This is more of how I saw it.
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the subtle and helpful hints left by others...
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A flock of red-winged black birds flushes as a harrier passes by. These large groups of black birds hang out on the #albemarlepeninsula during the winters, feasting on the agricultural fields that make up a large portion of the landscape. #joyfulimagesbyajs #naturenc #ncwildlife #wildliferefuge #pocosinlakes
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With the winters thaw, I see things through hope. I hope I make new mistakes. I hope I fail. I hope I fall. I hope for these things because I will learn. I will be better. I will be a better me. #hike #wander #explore #adventure #motivation #determination #inspire #nature #nc #naturenc #blowingrock #solo #daytrip #oneday #hope #faith #believe #becomingbetter #landscape #winterthaw #haveagoodday #makeitgreat #nevergiveup
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Changed my Instagram handle to better suit my feed and audience. Here's to more hikes and travel shots! #visitnc #hiketlc #researchtrianglepark #hor#hortongroverepreserve #hortongrove #grasslands #nchiking #hikenc #hikestyle #winterhikes #hikestagram #travelphotography #brownpeoplecamping #@trianglelandconservancy #naturenc #trianglelandconservancy
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One final post reminiscing the bright summer bloom of the Appalachians. Picture of the Flame Azaleas, another subgenus of Rhododendrons from around Split Rock and Sphinx Rock, the iconic rock formations in the Grandfather Mountain. #rhododendrons #flameazalea #azalea #app#appalachiantrail #appalachianmountains #grandfathermountain #grandfathermountainstatepark #ash#ashevillea> #blu#blueridgeway #blueridgenps #blueridgemoments #blueridge #appalachian #splitrock #sphinxrock #asheville #ashevillebound #naturenc #hiking #hikingadventures #optoutside #rei1440project #outbound #avltoday #visitnc #flowerstagram #linville #summerblooms
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Linville Falls marks the beginning of the Linville Gorge Wilderness, a massive twelve-mile gorge carved out by the mighty Linville River. Knowing that the power of the river can carve a gorge so massive makes it hard to believe that you can stop the raging waters, especially over the falls. However, when the latest deep freeze descended upon the southeastern United States, it did just that. Check out some photos from the beautiful winter wonderland the freeze created. . . . . #linvillegorge #winter #linvillefalls #frozenwaterfall #waterfall #blueridgemountains #visitnc #booneview #blueridgeoutdoors #itsamazingoutthere #myblueridge #blueridgecountry #inspireappalachia #lifeofadventure #828isgreat #norcak #mynature #explorecarolina #naturenc #recreationgov #ashevilletrails #exploreboone #visitasheville #livewithoutlimits #teamcanon
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Sunset 🌅🏞
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There aren't many places that make me feel as much at home as this spot right here. With so many unforgettable experiences in mountains all over the place, it's still easy to credit and remember that this is the place that lit the fire when I was a kid. I live in Montana now, but I'm from North Carolina...so this week, I'm posting photos from one of the most underrated outdoor states in the country. If you know, you know.
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One of the cool things about Winter on the Outer Banks is how things slow down a bit.
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I wonder if snow loves the trees and fields...it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, Go to sleep, darlings, til the summer comes again. -Lewis Carroll-
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More than happy to call North Carolina home. We live in such a beautiful state from the mountains to the sea. Be thankful and see what you can while you can. The Pilot a few weeks back before New Years at 1.6sec,f/16,ISO 100...🙏🏻.........#northcarolina #ncoutdoor_inc #onlyinnorthcarolina #naturalnorthcarolina #explorenc #explorecarolina #welovenc #visitnc #naturenc #discover_carolinas #wanderingseus #agameoftones #landscapephotography #nik#nikon0 #nikon #nikonphotography #nikonartist #madewithmefoto #withmytamron #ncoutdoors #ncstateparks #earthfocus #ourplanetdaily #gooutsideandplay #pilotmountain #scenicnc #liveoutdoors #optoutside #outdoors
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Summer is a time when Mt. Michell State Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway is covered with dazzling wildflowers. Here's a shot of Catawba rhododendron, a species of rhododendron found in southern segments of the Appalachians. #ncstateparks #blueridgeparkway #ncpassport #blueridgemoments #blueridgemountains #wildflower #mountmitchell #rhododendron #catawba #catawbarhododendron #summerblooms #mountmitchellstatepark #visitnc #naturenc #hiking #hikingadventures #ncadventures #nchiking #hikenc #ncwilderness #flowerstagram #ncparks #northcarolina #asheville #ashevillebound #avltoday #ashevillenc
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Uggghhhh I’ve got a case of the Mondays. Instead of working, I’d rather be out exploring our snowy town with @ajulianna13! (Though of course we would need the snow to come back...)
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