Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, Chimney Rock Ghosts, and Shoot that Sand!

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist


monarchcopyrightMonarch  Original 15″x21″ Acrylic Painting   $670

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Blue Ridge Meadow  Original Oil Painting has been Sold

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Little Boy on The Beach

Yesterday I managed to go to the lake and swim for a while.  While I was resting on the beach

I had a great time watching a toddler with a water pistol almost as big as he was.  He was shooting the water, any vacant float he could find, and the sand!   I love to watch kids!  That one was really taking care of things!

Glad I wasn’t one of the targets!  Good parents!

The Chimney Rock Apparitions

Chimney Rock near Asheville, NC has been the home of some of the strangest apparitions ever recorded in North Carolina.  A little girl saw a man on top of the rocks in 1806. She told her brother who refused to believe her.  He went to the site and saw thousands of apparitions flying in the air!

The children called their mother who also saw the apparitions that seemed to be clothed in white and were all ages.  In all, six people saw the flying beings.  The account of this strange event was printed a few weeks later in the Raleigh Register and Gazette.  In the summer of 1806 people reported seeing  groups of beings that seemed to be in battle with each other that included horses!

Newspapers across the state carried reports of this strange battle and today many people consider the vision to be of the not-so-distant Revolutionary War.

Who knows what really happened.  Today Chimney Rock is a beautiful park with many visitors.

I found this legend on the online publication, Stories from The Mountains.


Life with The Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

The Bird Man is very happy to hear of one definite siting of the Metalmark butterfly in The New River Valley by the Virginia Natural Heritage Program.   This butterfly is having a hard time surviving and Clyde has been working on improving habitat for this beautiful insect.

Conservation is extremely important to our welfare.  As one ecologist put it, you can’t keep taking bolts  out of an airplane and expect it to stay in the air.

Last I heard, China is now spending a fortune on cross pollinating crops by hand since the honey bee has died out there.   Conservation is also about money.


I hope you enjoyed my paintings by an artist of The Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, Judaculla Rock, and I Love it!

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist

goldenfarmcopyrightGolden Farm Scene    Original Oil Painting has Been Sold

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kingleafcopyrightKing on a Leaf   Original colored pencil drawing has been Sold

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I found another Blue Ridge Parkway Creature Tale!  This one is a giant in Jackson County, North Carolina.



There is a rock near Cullowhee North Carolina that has strange inscriptions on it. According to Cherokee legend these markings were the work of a giant named Judaculla.  Supposedly he lived in the region long ago.

The name literally means, “He has them slanting”, which refers to the giant’s eyes.  He was awful to look at with seven fingers on each hand and seven toes on each foot.  He was seven feet tall and very ugly.

Judaculla had control of the elements and all of the game.

There are many explanations for the markings on the rock.  One involves a fall that left impressions, in particular, a foot impression with seven toes.  Another is that Judaculla left hunting instructions on the rock as he was the master of all game and allowed the Cherokees to hunt.


The rock was an important focal point for the Cherokees and was the site of religious rituals until their forced expulsion in the 19th century.  It is now an historic site that people can visit.


I found this legend on Stories from The Mountains online publication.


Out of the Mouths of Babes

I love to laugh! I especially enjoy word play!  There was a great one today on Facebook.  A small child says she has Grandma on Speed Dial!  She calls it INSTAGRAM!

abeautifulmomemtcopyrightA Beautiful Moment   Original  20″x16″ Oil Painting    $670

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Life with The Bird and Word Man

The next Blue Ridge Discovery Center Even is Almost Here!


BRDC at Independence Farmers Market
Fri, June 27, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Independence, VA
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