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

Ninety-One


Last evening, I attended a Tony Bennett concert on the Biltmore Estate. It was a magical evening set on the South lawn of the house. As my friends and I sat in the audience, the mountains rose and the sky was lit with color. It was a wonderful experience of music, nostalgia and beauty. My desire is to share some of that with all of you.

 

Ninety-One

 

The Stage

The people

The murmur

People settling

Bandstand is erect waiting

in anticipation.

Audience shuffling, moving

Looking

over right shoulder

Another Show

spectacular in beauty

Mountains in repose

intense sunset lighting sky —

Reds, oranges, yellows

The Bandstand —

The notes, rich music fills ears

As color fill eyes.

A voice, his voice. Amazing

His voice rises up

Transports listeners

Back, back to another time

Perhaps a more

innocent period

Big Band, Band Leader

Conducts

Men, women dance

away evenings

Some fall —

in and out of love.

Music fills ears

Color fills eyes

Spectacular!

He sings. He sings at 91.

His voice rises up —

He is enjoying himself

And happy to be alive!

—Poem and Photographs Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

Biltmore House
Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

Tony Bennett with Pianist and Guitarist
Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

 

Tony Bennett with Pianist and Guitarist
Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

Tony Bennett with drummer, guitarist and bassist
Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

sunset
Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

Sunset with Mountains
Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

Biltmore After Dark
Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

Biltmore after Dark
Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Another Page in the Photo Album


The wall of a building in South BeachPhoto by Barbara Mattio

The wall of a building in South Beach
Photo by Barbara Mattio

South BeachPhoto by Barbara Mattio

South Beach
Photo by Barbara Mattio

South Beach Florida

South Beach Florida

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Just a beautiful day in  FloridaPhoto by Barbara Mattio

Just a beautiful day in Florida
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The View from the ShipPhoto by Barbara Mattio

The View from the Ship
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Love the architecturePhoto by Barbara Mattio

Love the architecture
Photo by Barbara Mattio

Sculpture outside the Bass MuseumPhoto by Barbara Mattio

Sculpture outside the Bass Museum
Photo by Barbara Mattio

Bass Museum sculpturePhoto by Barbara Mattio

Bass Museum sculpture
Photo by Barbara Mattio

Setting sun at open seaPhoto by Barbara Mattio

Setting sun at open sea
Photo by Barbara Mattio