MAXINE BILLINGS, Photographer & Author

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JOYFUL MOUNTAINS!!!

JOYFUL MTNSFrom my heart to yours!

Maxine ūüôā

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CADES COVE

CADES COVE 7Cades Cove is an 11-mile loop in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.¬† My husband Tony (that’s him in the picture on the left) and I love going there and went this past weekend.¬† I was able to get a lot of great shots with my cell phone camera which I’ll share more of at the end of this post.

When photographer Tim McClain took my author photos a couple of years ago, he shared with me that one of the tricks to getting great head shots is to take several poses from various angles.  Therefore, when I recently developed an interest in digital photography, I kept that concept in mind and thanks to him, I now have a massive library of awesome photos which I love sharing on my blog.

Something else I enjoy doing when I write my novels is to add flavors of some of the places I love to visit.  In my first young adult novel, LIFE AFTER MOMMA, some of my characters go to Cades Cove.LAM REVISED COVER (DRAFT)

I hope you enjoy the rest of the pictures I’ve posted here at the bottom.¬† Have an awesome day!

And as always, this is from my heart to yours,

Maxine ūüôā

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HANG ON!!!

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Several years ago, while my husband and I were on our way to Cherokee, NC, we stopped at Clingmans Dome.¬† Once we made it up the extremely steep, paved, half-mile trail, we began making our way up to the 54-foot observation tower.¬† I was nearly dead by the time we got to the top, but the magnificent views made the agony of it well worth the effort.¬† When we went back to Tennessee the following year, we took our son, and we did it all over again with him.¬† Needless to say, we haven’t been back since, but it was a wonderful experience that I will never forget.

From my heart to yours,

Maxine ūüôā

http://www.maxinebillings.com

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MOUNTAIN SICKNESS

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“Let the mountains shout joyfully together.”

(Psalm 98:8)

I am a country girl, pure and simple, and I love, love, love the mountains!  They are truly a testament to the power and creativity of our awesome Creator and bring shouts of praise, honor, and glory to His holy name!  This past weekend, my husband, our son, and I took our annual family vacation to our favorite location, the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina.  Last year, my husband and I drove along the Blue Ridge Parkway for the first time, and we were in such awe that we wanted our son to also experience it firsthand.  The trip going was fabulous, but as we made our way back to Pigeon Forge along the Parkway, our son suddenly became very ill (nauseated and sick to his stomach.)  He attributed it to the high altitude.

Well, in writing this post, I came across some articles on acute mountain sickness and decided to research the subject a little further.¬† While I love the awe-inspiring scenery found in the gargantuan mountain ranges and seem to get sick when I can’t be in their presence, acute mountain sickness is a real condition that a lot of people suffer from.¬† However, it is possible to enjoy the beauty of these magnificent masses of creation if we travel with care as an article in today’s New York Times points out.

With that said, please enjoy some of my photos that I took during our recent family vacation.

As always, this is from my heart to yours!

Maxine ūüôā

http://www.maxinebillings.com

http://www.maxinebillings.wordpress.com

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THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY

 

100_0735The Blue Ridge Parkway, built to connect Shenandoah National Park to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is noted for its scenic beauty.  This past weekend, my husband Tony and I got to experience it firsthand.

Sunday morning started out foggy as we made our way toward the Parkway, but the sun was soon bursting down brilliantly on us in the thirty-something-degree temperature.  As Tony maneuvered our vehicle over the ever-winding road, we were amazed at the beautiful, majestic scenes of well-crafted works of art that lay out before us.

In the distance, we could see what appeared to be sparkles of ice crystals shimmering from some of the colossal evergreens.  Further up throughout the100_0734 mountains, other trees adorned a powdery white-looking substance.  Every now and then, we would pull onto the overlooks to take pictures as we admired the landscape with awe and reverence.  All I could think was, How can anyone partake of all this awesomeness and say there is no God?  (Psalm 83:18)

So please allow me to share with you a few of the pictures we took during our exciting and unforgettable excursion that turned out to be a very, very lovely day thanks to the One who created it all  :).

Take care.  And as always, this is from my heart to yours.

Maxine

http://www.maxinebillings.com

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