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photos: The Devil's in the Details - 08/19/12 09:09 PM
Yesterday on the way home from another visit with the Geek Squad, we stopped off at the Antiques Mall in Waynesville to just walk around and browse a bit. Something bright red caught my eye and I found this to be far creepier than the spider photo from this morning. Dolls aren't my favorite thing anyway, but little dolls with bizarre expressions in demon suits really are disturbing. (9 comments)
photos: Barns from Start to Finish ~ Froggy Friday Fotos - 07/13/12 05:20 AM
News Flash…I take photos…lots of photos. Before getting involved with the ActiveRain community the photos pretty much just resided on the memory cards. The chance to show off share the photos with an audience is a precious treat for me. Sometimes editing the photos is almost as much of an opportunity for creative expression as the original shot was. Since the demise of the Picnik photo editing site, I make it a practice to use several different sites so I’m never without a familiar photo editor to work with. My current two favorites are picmonkey and ribbet. Both are extremely easy (14 comments)
photos: You Think REALTORS Can Get Hot Under the Collar? ~ Wordless Wednesday - 07/11/12 04:31 AM
Sometimes situations present themselves to REALTORS and we get a little hot under the collar. Somedays it could be anything, a looky-loo, someone who said yes, of course they've spoken to a lender, another agent doesn't return a call, a closing gets delayed through someone else's preventable fault, a no show appointment, a lister with that house made of gold, the buyer unwilling to compensate a seller for good value...well, that's enough of that, I don't want to start my day out irritated. This is me shaking it off and breathing deeply. There's still way more positives about the profession (16 comments)
photos: Ooohing and Ahhhhing in Dillsboro, NC ~ Speechless Sunday - 06/24/12 06:53 AM
The mountains of Western North Carolina are home to orange day lillies all over the place. This one which is on the deck outside our office in Cannon's Corner is unlike any lilly I've ever seen. Much showier. Folks strolling the streets of Dillsboro, NC always stop to ooh and ahh over this beautiful bloom. (10 comments)
photos: Charlie Seems to Be Relaxed ~ Silent Saturday - 06/16/12 02:24 PM
Well, its been a couple of weeks since Charlie moved into the house. He seems to have relaxed. He's like a little kid though, still doesn't like to be put to bed in his cat condo...a couple of protest meows and then quiet until morning. Ahhhh.
photos: Quintessential Southern ... Wordless Wednesday - 06/13/12 04:39 AM
Does anything evoke the idea of “southern style” more than a Magnolia in full bloom? See a Magnolia brings to mind southern literature…To Kill a Mockingbird, Gone with the Wind, The Prince of Tides, Interview With a Vampire…you know, the classics.
This particular Magnolia was in an old cemetery close to downtown in Montgomery, Alabama which really reminded me that I was in the deep south. Old, old moss covered headstones and ancient trees with Spanish Moss draped about the limbs…quintessential southern.
That Friday closing isn’t finished yet and the urge to look at something peaceful and serene ruled the evening. This Dogwood bloom surrounded by rich green leaves provided the sensation of calm and perspective. What wasn’t completed today will be taken care of first thing Monday.
Breathe deep...say ohmmm. (16 comments)
photos: Smudging the Azalea ~ Wordless Wednesday - 04/25/12 07:52 PM
Which photo is the artier of the two? I captured a photo of this azalea just at dusk, right before the rain started yesterday. Since Picnik is no longer available I've been using PicMonkey to edit my photos. Other than a little cropping, there are no special effects on this first shot. Then I had a little fun with the editing. This effect is called smudging. I kind of like it. What do you think? (20 comments)
There is a gravel road that passes under 441 in the historic Town of Dillsboro that leads to a small public boat launch for non motorized boats. People who kayak, canoe, tube or raft love getting on the Tuckasegee River from this site. Scotts Creek flows into the Tuckasegee at this point and there’s several nice areas to just sit and watch the water. Winding through the park to the other side leads one back under 441 in a different place and there’s a walking path to another small park with playground equipment for children.
Wouldn’t you think that if you had lived in the same place since 1989 you would be pretty familiar with just about anything concerning that location? I like good surprises and that’s what I got when I looked at one of the walls in the dining room Wednesday morning.
Never, in all the time I’ve lived here have I seen the sunlight grace us with artwork like this, a little bit of Shadow Art. Now, the trick will be to remember to watch for it in mid March and see how often it reappears.
Do you have a mentor on ActiveRain? This is indeed a generous community and I have several mentors, but for photography…whether he knows it or not…my mentor is William Johnson from San Diego, California. When I was really new to AR…holy cow…I missed my one year anniversary! February 22nd, 2011. Anyway, as usual I’ve digressed. When I was brand new, William visited one of my posts and took a shine to my photos. He took half an hour out of his schedule and spent it with me on the phone giving me invaluable advice about how to edit better and (8 comments)
Early mornings are my favorite times to visit ActiveRain and post whatever has been brewing in my head overnight. It’s lovely to live in a south facing property in the mountains of Western North Carolina, the sun comes up over my left shoulder when I’m at the computer. That’s what happened yesterday when I was typing the post about LinkedIn’s sleep survey. I glanced over my shoulder and thought…perfect, there’s my Speechless Sunday post out on the deck. Everyone would like jeweled mechanic’s cloth, right? Even though I did capture the photos, I missed posting them in favor of getting (15 comments)
This truly has been a welcome Silent Saturday with the exception of the sound of raindrops falling throughout most of the day. It felt really good to be in the house all nice and dry while appreciating the fog and the rain here in the mountains of Western North Carolina.
This morning I wanted to revisit Monica’s Gift, but with a Study in Fog for the Friday’s Fotos group. Today will be sunny in the mountains unlike last week when we had several foggy mornings. One of the most absolutely best things about living in the mountains of Western North Carolina is that the view never ever looks the same. For those of you who saw the posting of Monica’s gift the other day against the lush green and sunny background, here is the same piece against the same background shrouded in fog.
He’s really not a seal pup, but sometimes he sure looks like one. He’s little, but he’s all canine. Frosty’s had quite a life. He started out as someone’s very special darling…going everywhere with his human. Then tragedy struck and his human was killed in a terrible traffic accident. His human’s mother took care of him for a while…but she was dealing with the grief of losing her daughter and also her husband’s developing Alzheimer’s disease. As a result, Frosty and his sister Sabrina along with a third companion, Zoe spent a full year living outside in chain link pens. Because (17 comments)
It was a simple gift almost 15 years ago from a favorite employee and friend. It hangs on the back deck and is one of my favorite subjects to photograph. In fact, there is a whole folder devoted to “Monica’s Gift”. She can’t know how much pleasure we get looking at this cheerful sun figurine during all seasons. Because the weather has been so warm, it feels odd that everything is so brown. So, today’s Wordless Wednesday is dedicated to Monica and greener weather. (17 comments)
Seeing things artistically is probably something everyone has a talent for, transferring the artistic thought from your brain to a medium that everyone can enjoy is the hard part. I've always wished for the talent to sketch and paint. Often when I see artists and artisans in action, there is a brief fleeting moment of wistful envy for the apparent ease in their skill but then it occurs to me that they probably have the same need to work hard for perfection just like anyone who cares about their profession. While I’m waiting for the eventual outcome of when Picnik finally finishes (22 comments)
Here’s the kind of neighborhood we CAN talk about! This was taken on the shores of the Spring Creek in Hot Springs, NC. These little neighborhoods exist as part of our eco-system and when you take the time to really look at them are quite beautiful.
There were several clusters adhered to the fallen timber all along the creek. The environment there must be just perfect.
We all have favorite properties that we represent. They can be special for many reasons…a great value, amazing view, beautiful land, awesome sellers or in the case of the historic farmhouse we have listed near Dillsboro, NC … the myriad of personal and surprising touches throughout the property.
As often as I’ve shown this farmhouse, I had never noticed the rusted cat art piece mounted on the gazebo by the creek. The sun was baking it perfectly when I was there yesterday and now I share it with you.
We all learn early on in our real estate careers to “play ball”. It’s usually called cooperation. Agents work with each other to make our listings accessible and to provide whatever information is needed to help the consumer make informed decisions. That’s one definition of “playing ball”. The Office Manager at MoonDancer Realty has another definition. She insists on the agents taking breaks during the day to toss the tennis ball to her. Sometimes she engages visiting clients in the game. Her concentration on the game is intense, just like ours is when we concentrate on our paperwork.
What job could possibly be better than bringing people together by sharing our common interests and learning new ones?
Here's my opportunity to introduce conversations and photos of the area I feel so passionate about...the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.
This is one way to give you some background about me and our MoonDancer Realty company to help you make an informed decision about hiring us as your next REALTOR. I hope you enjoy the content as much I enjoy sharing it.
I'm looking forward to reading your comments and hope to meet you soon.
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