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Archive for November, 2010

See The Little Tennessee River Up Close on Needmore Road

Robert Davis says he’s “lucky and blessed to have the most beautiful drive going to work and home again that anyone can have”, a drive which leads alongside the Little Tennessee River. One foggy October morning, he stopped long enough to capture the above image, which later won second place in the Marianna Black Library’s annual “Life in Swain” photo contest.

Some of the best views of the Little Tennessee River in Swain County are along Needmore Road. From Bryson City, drive about eight miles west on US 74. At Smoky Mountain Jet Boats, turn left on Needmore Road. Proceed about two miles to the river.

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A Cold-Weather Fontana Outing Results in Prize-Winning Photo

Last Winter, Michelle Archer of Bryson City captured this beautiful image of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s snow-capped peaks high above the mouth of Eagle Creek on Fontana Lake. The image recently won first place in the Marianna Black Library’s “Life in Swain” photo contest — a reminder that the Smokies are beautiful in every season of the year.

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Photographer Finds Inspiration in His ‘Backyard’

Thanks to Scott Hotaling for this week’s Postcard From The Smokies. Scott is an area photographer who lives near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and routinely captures the Park’s beauty, as in his atmospheric “Mountain Cascade” above. For more of Scott’s photography and print information, visit his website at LightOfTheWild.com.

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Low Tech and No Plastic. Making Toys The Old Fashioned Way.

Before boarding the Polar Express train, Chloe and Owen LaVigne of Midlothian, Virginia paid a visit to the Appalachian Toymaker’s shop, located across the street from the train depot. Tim Hall has transformed his Bryson City Storytelling Center into an old-fashioned toymaker’s shop for the holidays, making hand crafted Appalachian wooden toys and spinning yarns. Above, Tim uses his Barlow knife to put the finishing touches on a ‘ball and cup’ toss toy.

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