Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Sunrise - Sunset

Posted October 18, 2010 10:49 a.m. EDT
Updated October 18, 2010 11:02 a.m. EDT

Where is your favorite place to watch a sunrise or sunset? Please share your stories. Also, please share your photographs. Send them to I’ll put together another slideshow featuring your images. The best of the best will win a CD prize.

While you’re thinking about these questions, I wanted to share with you my favorite place to watch a new day dawn. It’s also a romantic setting in the evening. I hope you will enjoy this mini movie called “Glade Valley.” It’s both a place and a song on my Simple Beauty album.

Glade Valley is in the northwest mountains near Roaring Gap in Alleghany County just off the Blue Ride Parkway. It’s a three-hour drive from Raleigh but a world away in terms of atmosphere. I bought a little cottage in Glade Valley a dozen years ago and it offers the perfect retreat. I always come back to the Triangle recharged and ready to go. Many times I come back with a bunch of fresh songs and melodies. That was the case this past week.

These are some of my favorite images from the Glade Valley area over the last two years. I’d love to get your feedback. Also, I can’t wait to see your fiery images.