Mt. Mitchell, NC


Yesterday, my sister Amy and I went to Mt. Mitchell in Burnsville, NC.

Mt Mitchell is about an hour from Asheville, along the Blue Ridge Parkway — which was, as always, a spectacular drive.

Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway Photograph and Copyright by Barbara Mattio 2017

 

At Mt. Mitchell State Park, we met with friends and had a wonderful potluck picnic!  After dinner, we went to the peak of the mountain.  I had a bit of assistance from the Park Rangers who took me and another friend with limited ability to the top.

 

Mt. Mitchell is the highest peak east of the Mississippi, at 6684 ft above sea level.

 

Mt. Mitchell – highest peak east of the Mississippi
Photograph and Copyright Amy Halperin 2017

 

The scenery was wonderful, with lovely spruce and firs and rock formations that look designed by an artist.

 

Rocks of Mt Mitchell
Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

Top of Mt. Mitchell
Photograph and Copyright by Barbara Mattio 2017

The sky was full of mist and fog, but then the sky cleared and we saw a magnificent sunset.  At the top of the mountain, the view was breathtaking. Then suddenly, the clouds opened slightly and I beheld a glorious sunset. You could see for miles in every direction and I was very excited. I felt close enough to touch God.

 

The beauty of the sunset touched my soul.

 

I hope it touches yours as well.

 

Namaste,

Barbara

 

Sunset on Mt. Mitchell, NC Photograph and Copyright by Barbara Mattio 2017

 

Mt. Mitchell at sunset Photograph and Copyright by Barbara Mattio 2017

 

Sunset in mist. Mt Mitchell, NC Photograph and Copyright by Barbara Mattio 2017

Haikus of Nature


This weekend, I took a class on Haiku at the North Carolina Arboretum.

I’ve never written Haiku before, but I enjoyed it very much, particularly being in Nature on a beautiful, warm, sunny day in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

I thought I’d share a few of them here, and I hope you enjoy them.

 

Namaste,

Barbara

 

Cascading Water clear

White water falls down the steps

Water reflects sun

Linville Falls
Photograph and Copyright 2017 Barbara Mattio

 

Giggles bubbling up

Did you see, did you?

The sunshine is warm

 

Monarch Butterfly at the NC Arboretum Photograph and Copyright 2016 Barbara Mattio

 

 

Carolina Blue sky

Cotton ball clouds sail away

sunshine smiles upon Earth

Sky over the NC Arboretum
Photograph and Copyright 2016 Barbara Mattio

 

 

 

Fountain water drops

splashing into the garden pond

Insects dance in Fall

 

Fountain at the NC Arboretum
Photograph and Copyright 2016 Barbara Mattio

 

 

Walk on Mother Earth

Find new way to tred lightly

Reach up for the sky

 

 

Silence is illusion

Peering behind silent drape

Nature full symphony

 

Wildflowers at the NC Arboretum
Photograph and Copyright 2016 Barbara Mattio