We went into Gatlinburg to see our timeshare at Laurel Point. Our building was destroyed in the fire. Robin and Robbie waited outside while we went in to the office. We couldn’t have been inside more than 10 minutes. When we came out Robin had captured this photo while a bear leisurely strolled past the pavilion! Later that night I made a night sky photo. If you look closely in the upper middle of the photo you can see the Big Dipper, also known as Ursa Major, the big bear.
Note: Dan and I are now in Myrtle Beach. The bear sighting happened last week in Smoky Mountains. Slow internet or slow blogger?
Wears Valley, Tennessee
Foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains
Sunlight through the trees
Warm gentle breeze
copyright Toni Hooper 2018
Today we worked on glow in the dark rocks. Pretty cool art. Robin bought the glowin the dark paint and Ashley fished rocks from Newfound Gap. Deliah painted and they turned out great. Then we had activities and all worked on collage. Robin created her first artist trading card. Again we had a wonderfully creative day. The Smoky Mountain muse was generous once more.
Yesterday was a day of celebration. Not only was it Independence Day, it was Ashley’s birthday. Deliah and I went through our mystery rock bucket we purchased at the magic waterfall. We found amethyst, calcite, fluorite, rose quartz and citrine. We might make jewelry. We played all day then went to Pigeon Forge to watch fireworks. We came back and watched the Spears family launch their LED rockets. I tried some star photos and was too lazy to go get the tripod. I did get one pretty clear shot of the Big Dipper.
Two more days and Dan and I head to Myrtle Beach. I haven’t been there in probably 40 years. I’m sure it has changed quite a bit! Looking forward to week two.
It was a beautiful sightseeing afternoon. Of course Gatlinburg was a bit crowded as it is July 4th. Lunch at Boss Hogg’s BBQ satisfied our bellies and a little nap made everyone happy.
The afternoon art is one artist trading card and the first page in my new travel art journal. Enjoy!
After another great day of hiking and photographing we headed to Bell Rock for sundown. We hiked up and had a powerful meditation. I played my new flute that I bought at High Spirits Flutes in Patagonia. The vortex there is very powerful!
We went to dinner with a glass of wine and waited for dark. It is so beautiful and soooo dark. I have been trying to get a star photo forever. The photographer at Rollie’s Camera in Sedona gave me some tips and told me a good location. Lynn is the best friend ever as she patiently waited in the cold while I played. I was so happy with my results. What a fabulous way to spend the last night!
Yes Carl Sagan you are correct, billions and billions of stars! Isn’t the cosmos grand?