Western Carolina Landscape Photography, Part 2

More from our Thanksgiving trip to western North Carolina. I love some of these landscape photos and will include them in an “Autumn” stock gallery soon!

Friday morning we decided to leave the property and hike to a waterfall out in the Nantahala National Forest. The drive was supposed to be a manageable 16 miles one way but was actually a harrowing journey around winding mountain roads and hairpin turns that lasted two and a half hours round trip, and we didn’t even hike.

About 20 minutes into the drive, both dogs started drooling and pacing, looking green around the gills. Not too long after, the yellow lab barfed in the backseat.

It’s not a vacation unless someone gets car sick. Glad to report we checked that box.

Once we realized what we had gotten ourselves into, we turned around and set out to fully explore our hiking trails close to home.

They didn’t disappoint.

And with a photogenic stream, fall colors, and a well-placed picnic table en lieu of a tripod, we were able to get some family portraits too!

Western Carolina photography

Last but not least, a gem on the way home. We rounded a bend in the road in South Carolina and caught this view. Amazing.

Where did you spend Thanksgiving 2016?

 

Western Carolina, Part 1

This year for Thanksgiving we loaded three humans and two retrievers into the pick up truck and drove 10 hours to western North Carolina.

We found the Woodlands Vista cabin on AirBNB, a cute little three-bedroom two bath situated on 53 acres of wooded hiking trails and trout ponds located in the Blue Ridge Mountains and…it was pet friendly!

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We brought Thanksgiving dinner with us (pre-cooked from Copeland’s in Jacksonville) which left us all kinds of time to hike and chase our dogs and soak up the beautiful fall weather.

There is nothing cozier than a roaring fire.

And a taste of local decor.

Western Carolina photography

Or a boy and his dog. 🙂

Jacksonville Historical Society: Gingerbread Extravaganza (part 3)

Ana Bak Photography_Jacksonville Historical Society_Gingerbread Extravaganza  These are the last of the photos from the Gingerbread Extravaganza this year…appropriately wrapping up on Christmas Eve! Wishing you and yours the merriest and brightest of holidays and the best of New Years to come! More photos below…including Hogwarts Castle made out of you guessed it…gingerbread!

 

Ana Bak Photography_Jacksonville Historical Society_Gingerbread Extravaganza

Ana Bak Photography_Jacksonville Historical Society_Gingerbread Extravaganza

Ana Bak Photography_Jacksonville Historical Society_Gingerbread Extravaganza

Ana Bak Photography_Jacksonville Historical Society_Gingerbread Extravaganza

Ana Bak Photography_Jacksonville Historical Society_Gingerbread Extravaganza

Ana Bak Photography_Jacksonville Historical Society_Gingerbread Extravaganza

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