Looking Down from Sharp Top at The Peaks of Otter and The Bird Man is at it Again!

viewsharptopcopyrightView from Sharp Top       Original 12″x16″ Professionally Framed Oil Painting    $484.00

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  • I will never forget the time my husband, son, and I walked down from Sharp Top mountain on The Peaks of Otter in Bedford County, Virginia.   How great to see the world from the mountain’s view!  We walked around and around the pointed peak and saw people climbing up.  I would never do that.  I am not in that good of shape to walk up a mountain and I think my son would have complained big time about that type of walk even though he did spend his childhood walking with his Dad on long mountain trails and even encountered a bear one time at Rocky Knob!
  • I am especially proud of my painting, “View from Sharp Top”, that was based on a photograph I took on the way down.  This painting has an exceptionally complicated textural surface and the colors sing!   Now that the Lodge has re-opened I hope we will find the time to visit this gorgeous resort again soon!  Such a peaceful, beautiful section of The Blue Ridge Parkway!

overlooknearPOOcopyrightGreat Valley Overlook Near The Peaks of Otter  Original Oil Painting   30″x 40″  in silver colored metal frame     $2425.00

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peachysunsetcopyrightPeachy Sunset      Original Oil Painting has been sold

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One of my favorite 20th century artists Pierre Bonnard once said, in so many words that an artist can learn a lot from the colors of a peach since they don’t change like the colors in a sunset.


Life with The Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

My naturalist husband is at it again!  This week-end he will be leading a Spring Discovery Walk  with Nancy Kent at Wildwood Park in Radford, Virginia.  Nancy Kent is a great photographer and retired elementary school teacher.

The two of them are teaming up to help parents and their children learn how to  photograph various insects and flowers!  What a great way to start off the Spring season and enjoy nature in a beautiful setting!  Come with your children for a wonderful and educational outing!




Waterfalls Near The Blue Ridge Parkway and The Witch of Cedar Mountain

fivemilemtcopyrightAnother Look at Five Mile Mountain  Original Oil Painting   25″x40″   $2025.00

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Five Mile Mountain near The Blue Ridge Parkway has a beautiful waterfall that I painted three times.  I did one for my father-in-law and then decided to do two more versions of this beautiful scene.  I have always loved creeks and spent a lot of time around them when I was a kid.

We were fortunate to live in a suburb that bordered a small private residence that had a large field and a creek running through it.  It was my favorite place to be and I often went there by myself.  It is no wonder I married a naturalist.



Secluded Water Fall       Original Oil Painting    14″x 11″       $313.00

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Here is another wonderful  Mountain legend from Blue Ridge Highlander.com!

Witch of Cedar Mountain

Just before you get to Dahlonega coming from Union County, at the crossroads GA 60 and Highway 19, you ’ll notice a rather tall stack of stones in the center of the junction with a large plaque accompanying.  The plaque tells of the Cherokee princess Trahlyta, enchanted with great beauty obtained from “Witch of Cedar Mountain.”

It is was said that the witch knew of the secrets of the magic springs of eternal youth located 3/4 of a mile from here. Trahlyta’s tribe lived on Cedar Mountain north of Dahlonega.  Trahlyta was to said to drink from a nearby Fountain of Youth to maintain her renowned beauty.

Legend has it that Wahsega a rejected suitor kidnapped the great beauty Trahlyta.  Taken far from her homeland she lost the enchantment of her beauty.  Dying of a broken heart and away form the powers of the magic spring Wahsega promised to return her to her homelands and bury her near the magic spring.

Laid to rest under a large stack of stones, Trahlyta remains legendary to her people and her beloved mountains.   Travelers who passed by the stone covered grave often add a stone to the stack for good fortune.

Life with The Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

My husband and I get very irritated with technology.  We both agree that the improvements in technology are, for the most part, helpful, but everything is getting so complicated it is difficult to keep up.   I cussed, in private, big time after my Aperture program was upgraded.    Nothing much was changed and then a week after it was up-dated my files disappeared.

My husband up-graded his phone and we can’t figure it out.  The manual has to be viewed online.   When you can’t just pick up a phone and use it then there is a high probability of loud cussing by the owner.  We both did that yesterday.

Sometimes I wish I had grown up with computers.

Blue Ridge Parkway Legends and Spring Bird Sightings


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creekbridgecopyrightCreek Bridge      Original Framed Oil Painting    18″x24″   $884.00

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The Blue Ridge mountains and the Smoky mountains are the oldest ranges in the United States so there are a lot of myths and legends about them.  I posted one yesterday and thought it would be fun to post more!

I love legends!

Check out the brass plaque near the Walasi-Yi Center where the Appalachian Trail passes through the center’s breezeway, it’s otherworldly to say the least.

The plaque states; In Cherokee mythology the mountain (Blood Mountain) was one of the homes of the Nunnehi or Immortals, the “People Who Live Anywhere,” a race of Spirit People who lived in great townhouses in the highlands of the old Cherokee Country. One of these mythical townhouses stood near Lake Trahlyta. They were a friendly people that often brought lost hunters and wanders to their townhouses for rest and care before guiding them back to their homes.


I got this legend from Blue Ridge Highlander.com


canoesmtlakecopyrightCanoes at Mountain Lake        Original oil painting has been sold

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Life with the Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

My Bird Man is pleased to see the chimney swifts return!  There were two recent sitings on Bent Mountain.

Here is some information on this beautiful bird from the Cornell online publication – All About Birds.

A bird best identified by silhouette, the smudge-gray Chimney Swift nimbly maneuvers over rooftops, fields, and rivers to catch insects. Its tiny body, curving wings, and stiff, shallow wingbeats give it a flight style as distinctive as its fluid, chattering call.

This enigmatic little bird spends almost its entire life airborne. When it lands, it can’t perch—it clings to vertical walls inside chimneys or in hollow trees or caves. This species has suffered sharp declines as chimneys fall into disuse across the continent.