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Mountains and trees

Posted November 30, 2009

Can you name this mountain?

Using a telephoto lens I captured this image from the porch of my mountain cabin in Alleghany County yesterday morning. To me it looks like a mountainous island in a stormy sea. It’s funny how clouds, mist and fog can transform a landscape into a sea scene.

In other news from the mountains we bought a couple of Fraser Firs from Joe Edwards Christmas Tree Farm in Sparta. We purchased a six and eight footer for $70. I thought that was a bargain. One of the workers told us they haven’t raised prices in nine years. The trees look very green and healthy this year.

Have you bought your tree yet? What kind do you like? Please share your best Christmas tree stories.

Now back to that mountain scene. What is that?


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  • daisytwirler Dec 1, 2009

    my aunt lives in pilot mt, nc... down on the edge... this looks like pilot mt. to me for sure.. as for my christmas tree... we have a good old artificial one that is prelit... growing up in a home with wood heat we always had to wait until the week before christmas to get a live tree because it was very dry & my parents feared the tree drying out & causing a fire. so we opted for an artificial one years ago... we have a gas furnace now, but we still use an artificial tree. it is up & decorated though. i do miss the smell of a live tree!

  • thecatsmeow67 Dec 1, 2009

    That is Pilot Mtn. I used to see that mountain every year when I went to camp. We like to go every year the day after Thanksgiving to Newland,NC to Evergreen Ridge Christmas Tree Farm and pick out our tree. They have great views and great people. We love to pick out our tree when it is snowing and cold out, makes for great memories.

  • marywag Nov 30, 2009

    Hello Bill, sounds like you had a wonderful weekend..., Jim says this is Pilot Mountain!!! It really does look like it is surrounded by the sea!!
    We are hoping to get a small fraizer fur sometime this week!! But when we were little in Blowing Rock our whole family would go out on a friends lot and try to find the tallest tree we could find, and Daddy would chop it down to bring home on the top of the car! Those are some wonderful memories!!

  • kimmiesmith Nov 30, 2009

    That is Pilot Mountain!

  • Riverracer8 Nov 30, 2009

    We can see Table Rock from our condo at Sugar. Beautiful views are abundant in the High Country. The Thanksgiving snow was pretty and so much fun!

  • cagerat42 Nov 30, 2009

    Definitely Pilot Mtn.Could tell as soon as I saw the picture.
    Jean is right.Fancy Gap is a wonderful place to find a tree.I have gone to the tree farms there a couple of times with my parents to find a tree.Since their retirement my family and I spend a good bit of time there.

  • andyalbright Nov 30, 2009

    Certainly Pilot Mountain. Same view we see from the deck of our cabin in RG. Sunday was beautiful. Had a tree cut at McGinnis Tree Farm in Glade Valley and then a picknic of turkey sandwiches. What a beautiful day. Helped us forget about last years freezing rain excursion to Mottsingers.

  • bleslie Nov 30, 2009

    Table Rock was a good guess, mdoodle. The answer is Pilot Mountain as in "Sail with the Pilot!"

  • jean Nov 30, 2009

    That looks like Pilot mountain- I love to go to Fancy Gap and get my Christmas tree- could buy one here but I just love taking the trip! Why would anyone buy artificial or buy a tree from anywhere but here in NC?

  • blytle Nov 30, 2009

    Is it Table Rock? I don't know if that's the name of a mountain, but I think there is something called Table Rock, and that looks like it could be it. Sounds like you got a real bargain on your trees. I love the smell of live trees, but we go for the convenience of a pre-lit artificial tree. It saves lots of time and money. We have a cathedral ceiling in our living room, so we need a tall tree to fill the space. Ours is a 9-foot tree that is very full and beautiful.

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