LEAF PEEPING and PUMPKINS in ASHEVILLE, N.C.

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October 26, 2015

An end of October visit to Asheville, North Carolina  proved to be peak peeping time for the fall  colored leaves.   The beautiful mix of colors was beautiful every direction I looked.

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The Grove Park Inn was an enjoyable place to explore, have a tasty dessert and enjoy the scenery.  It opened in 1913 after taking 3 years to build with 400  men working 10 hour  shifts, 6 days a week.  They used mules, wagons and ropes to haul in and place  granite boulders to build the hotel.   An impressive  list of famous people have stayed here  since it opened.  The Grove Park Inn also hosts the biggest and  best Gingerbread House competition every year in November/December which I have seen in the past and highly recommend.

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The hotel  also has a wonderful expansion patio  to relax and enjoy the colorful scenery of  the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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The Biltmore Mansion , built in 1889,  is also located in Asheville and well worth the ticket price  to tour.

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View from the back terrace of the Biltmore Mansion.

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Pumpkins in prison.

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Gotta love this Tennessee Smoky Mountain rest stop.

Hope you enjoyed your arm chair visit to Asheville and thanks for reading!!

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YELLOW RUMPED WARBLER VISITS MY BIRDBATH TODAY

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Wednesday November 4, 2015 / St. Louis, MO

Just yesterday I was  whining to my neighbor  that I hadn’t seen many birds in my backyard recently.  Then, this morning,  I was blessed with this new visitor !  At first glance my thought was this poor bird had been spattered with yellow paint!  But recalling   Mother Nature’s  unique sense of humor,  my research,  paired with my best guess, tells me this is a Myrtle Yellowed Rump Warbler.  Evidently  these birds rarely come to feeders, so the need for a dip in  my bird bath was the attraction.

Hope you enjoy her bathing photos and just a reminder you can double click on the photo to enlarge it …….

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Thanks for reading!

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