Narratives                                                                                                                                                       This page is provided because some who have viewed/purchased notecards, matted 5X7 and larger prints, have complimented the inclusion of a narrative.

It presents the narratives that support photos on this website. They are organized to correspond to the Photo Gallery pages, then each photo per page. The viewer can scroll this page for the title of a photo within the Photo Gallery page. While this mode of presentation is tedious,  with photos on one page and narratives on another, at least a viewer can find/read one or more narratives. This alternative is provided because it is much more tedious to present each photo with the narrative below it, sometimes in a long vertical column. At least, this way, the viewer can more easily view the photos, then decide what narratives they may want to see here.

The page is under construction. 02/04/2011

Lenticular clouds

Sunday Lents                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This is the first year I can recall seeing lenticular clouds on a Sunday.This lenticular activity was exclusively over the Black Mountain Range.                                October 2006

Sunday Lents closeup                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reference the Sunday Lents narrative. This is a close up because I was fascinated, as I used a 300mm zoom lens, with the bubble in this lenticular cloud, appearing to demonstrate the wave aspect of a lenticular cloud. Of course, a meteorologist might have a different perspective on it.                                   2006

Easter Morning                                                                                                                                                                                                                       This is a "first" for me: a lenticular cloud on Easter morning.
Photo taken from my backyard, looking due south toward the Black Mountain range shortly after 9:00 a.m.

Giant Lent 06/11/2004                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   This big guy caught me totally by surprise in early June, 2004. I had been feverishly working at the other end of my home, preparing displays for the TRAC tour, and away from the view south toward the Black Mountain Range. It was DST and, as I strolled casually, and probably weary from my work, to the south end of my property…..whoa! Here, reaching, maybe 5 to 10,000 feet above the Black Mountain Range, was this multi-layered, awesome, giant lenticular cloud! I couldn’t believe it had been there, no telling how long, and I had not seen it until this late in the day. And, in June, on a warm day, a month in which I had not seen such clouds. Well….live, learn and photograph.

Black Mountain Waves II

This photograph was taken from my backyard on November 15, 2004, in the Ledger community, Mitchell County, N.C., 12 miles north of the Black Mountain range. It is like a sequel to the first Black Mountain Waves, which I photographed on January 12, 2003. Though I was familiar with the term “wave cloud” in 2003, it would be almost a year later on January 13, 2004, that I would learn of the Mt. Mitchell standing wave cloud, as described by Asheville climatologist, Grant Goodge. He lectured at Mayland Community College, as part of my exhibit on lenticular clouds.

Black Mountain Waves This photograph was taken from my backyard on January12, 2003, in the Ledger community, Mitchell County, N.C., 12 miles north of the Black Mountain range. It would be exactly a year later, plus one day, that I would learn of the Mt. Mitchell standing wave cloud from Asheville climatologist, Grant Goodge, who lectured at Mayland Community College, as part of my exhibit on lenticular clouds January 13, 2004.I was familiar with the term “wave cloud” to describe lenticular clouds.

Mt Mitchell Standing Wave The Mt. Mitchell standing wave cloud was researched and named by meteorologist Henry T. Harrison in the 1950’s, as a potential danger to aircraft. This photograph was taken from Ashland Mountain in January, 2004, in the Ledger community, Mitchell County, N.C., 12 miles north of the Black Mountain range, which includes Mt. Mitchell. I had just learned of this weather phenomenon the previous evening from Asheville climatologist, Grant Goodge, who lectured at Mayland Community College as part of my exhibit on lenticular clouds.

Red Pancake Lent This photograph was taken from my backyard on January12, 2003, in the Ledger community, Mitchell County, N.C., 12 miles north of the Black Mountain range. I had already photographed what I called the Black Mountain waves, appearing due south. As the sunset progressed, this multi-layered, pancake lenticular cloud, took on this fiery, deep red tint, as it appeared slightly southeast, near Bailey’s Peak. A friend has commented that it looks like it’s going to “eat the tree”.


Nature's Creatures

Bee Peeping                                                                                                                                                                                                                           How can you peep on a bee on a big sunflower and not get stung?                                                                                                                                       Well, if you use a close up camera focus, then zoom the image even                                                                                                                                   more on your computer, you're a certified bee peeper!        

This photograph was displayed in the Artists' Exhibit/Competition,                                                                                                                                   October, 2003, at Mayland Community College, Spruce Pine, N.C.

Howdy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Up close and personal is this turtle, a little red-eyed                                                                                                                                                                           from a hard night, I guess. He was at the base of my                                                                                                                                                                        driveway, apparently headed for the road, where his                                                                                                                                                                  demise might be certain. I had to lie on my stomach,                                                                                                                                                                     using the maximum zoom on my Canon PowerShot S400,                                                                                                                                                                   to get in his face, risking being run over by him. I did                                                                                                                                                                       take him across the road, where Snow Creek flows not                                                                                                                                                                    far away.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2004

Night Owl                                                                                                                                                                                                                                There he was, this baby owl, just sitting there alone at 11:15 p.m.,                                                                                                                                               on a long, slender limb. His mother was flitting about nearby, calling,                                                                                                                                            as his sibling was jumping on and off the limb.                                                                                                                                                                          Inadequate lighting, film speed too slow, and time to prepare, were                                                                                                                                               all barriers to success.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   He stayed right there, as if waiting for me to get my act together.                                                                                                                                             After just a few pictures, he flew away.                                                                                                                                                                                           I had little hope for any printable image.                                                                                                                                                                                      Yet, here he Night Owl, lookin' at you.                                                                                                                                                                         1998     


CR Rooster aka Presley                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm starting down Gudger's Hill on Conley Ridge Road in Ledger, Mitchell County, N.C. in the late afternoon. Looking down a tree farm access path to my left, I see this lone rooster walking toward me on the path, slowly pecking here and there, as if I were invisible. Even as he approached within 8-10 feet of me, he seemed unimpressed with my presence, then crossed the road, disappearing in the next tree farm. Not even a "howdy" or a cackle or anything. I later inquired with neighbors nearby and they too had no idea where he came from, one having bought some hens to make him feel welcome. Unfornunately, one reported that "something got him". I enjoyed my brief encounter with him. I learned during the Studio Tour from his original owners that his name was Presley, the rest is a long story.

CR Rooster II aka Presley                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Same as CR Rooster

Wing Rooster                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yes, a puzzling name, but my neighbor's rooster was standing beside Wing Road after the great snow of December, 2009.                                                   He hardly noticed me, because of the hen on a limb just up the bank above him, like he was on a vigil.

Be My Valentne                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Well, here's the Wing Rooster apparently courting the hen perched above him. One could speculate if they                                                                        were having relationship problems or if he was just being your basic, attentive rooster.

Wing Rooster and Hen                                                                                                                                                                                                         She's camera shy, so she heads for cover, as he follows.

Wing Rooster and Hen II                                                                                                                                                                                                     They're baaack, still together in early March, 2010.

Wing Rooster II                                                                                                                                                                                                                            His lady hen is out of sight, but he is covering her retreat.                                                                                                                                                       After I shot this photo, walking on down the road, he stood at the edge of the                                                                                                                        road and crowed a robust rooster sound. Interesting communication, wish I                                                                                                                                had it recorded to accompany this photo.