New River in Winter

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Here’s the New River on January 29th.  We’re coming out of the cold snap and you can see the ice floes in the stream.  We are listing this beautiful cabin right on the New River in Glendale Springs just east of Jefferson, North Carolina.

Ice Floes in Mountain Creeks

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Here’s a set of falls below Whitetop Mountain.  It’s one of my favorite sets of rapids and changes dramatically with rainfall or snow runoff.  It’s high today, loud, snowy and beautiful.  It epitomizes peace, tranquility and all the other reasons I moved to the mountains for.  Somehow just standing by them makes me feel more human and I guess that’s why I live here.

Views of Winston-Salem’s Skyline!

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Here is the infinite view from 4800′ elevation at the home atop Rich Mountain, one off our clients bought today.  as soon as she walked in she knew that this was the home for her and her six grown sons and all the grandchildren.  We take pleasure in helping people find their perfect home and sharing in their happiness.  But I envy their view!!

When Nature’s Pipes Freeze…

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Here’s a massive ice flow near Boone yesterday.  This time of year they’re ubiquitous.  It’s part of the natural beauty of the mountains and just one more reason why my son, Matt and I live here.  Isn’t it magnificent!

Another Property SOLD by BooneRealEstate.com!

Another Property Sold by BooneRealEstate.com!

Another Property Sold by BooneRealEstate.com!

This is such a beautiful lot at the top of Laurel Ridge between Boone and Valle Crucis with heart-stopping views!  The seller had been trying to sell it unsuccessfully by himself for some time.  With the help of Boone Real Estate marketing we were able to quickly pair him with an interested buyer who closed on this gorgeous tract this week.  We assisted the seller in efficiently obtaining a septic permit through our experience in preparing land tracts for sale and once this was obtained we were able to mail the seller a check for his land.  If you have a home or tract of land you’d like to sell quickly and easily in the high country near Boone and Blowing Rock, Boone Real Estate may be the solution.  Call or e-mail us and we’ll be happy to help!

 

Sharon’s Flowers

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She could tell you what they are.  I just know they’re pretty, plentiful and she loves them.  They make her happy which makes me glad.  They remind me how fleeting are seasons and time itself and to appreciate the gifts we have in life like those we love.

Rhododendrons Blooming in Avery County

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Here’s a bloom I caught yesterday exploding east of Newland.  It was high noon and hard to catch it without a glare this close to the summer solstice.  What a glory the summer flowers are!  It’s a riot all summer long.  Come see our mountain flowers.

Beautiful Sunrise in Boone, NC

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It is another beautiful morning in the high country!  6:27 am, 58°, and the sun about to peak through the first little leaflets emerging from our trees.  What an exquisite place to live!  I often pinch myself and wonder what I’ve done right in my life to deserve this.  Suffice it to say I am humbled and grateful for the privilege of enjoying this wonder.

Planting Nine Leyland Cypress at Matts House

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Yesterday we decided to put some good privacy screen up at matts house in Blowing Rock, NC.  We chose Leyland Cypress as a good natural barrier.  These are the dark green plants you see every 10 feet in the foreground.  Sharon and I planted these 5 years ago at her mom’s house and they are 20 feet tall  now.  I love planting flowers bushes and trees in the mountains.  Isn’t it always such a pleasure to watch things grow!

Dogwoods Blooming in Boone and Blowing Rock, NC

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Dogwoods are reaching full bloom this week in the NC mountains.  This is our state flower/tree.  When in bloom this blossom is perhaps the most beautiful bloom of the spring.  By the time these beauties bloom the mountain weather is turning exotic and lovely.  I just thought I’d share one of my favorite sights.

Spring Arrives in the High Country

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Lordy, it’s gonna be in the 70s! Now that’s going straight from winter to summer but who’s complaining! I’m just happy to see the warm weather here at last in Boone, NC!

Flowers Bursting in Boone, NC!

Forsythia Blooming in Boone, NC!

Forsythia Blooming in Boone, NC!

My goodness but it has been a protracted end of winter in the mountains this year and aren’t we glad to see the onset of spring!  Here is the herald of spring, my favorite early flower – the forsythia.  We’ve caught this one a bit ahead of peak but we thought you’d want to see how it looks precisely on April 11th.  In another few days with the sun gleaming on its bright little petals it is perhaps the most glorious flower on the planet.  And it is especially welcome at the end of a long winter.  Whenever I see its beautiful flowers I am filled with the halcyon hope of wonderful weather to come, that life is good and all is well on Earth.  We will try to keep you abreast of all the bloomings ahead this season.  Next we should have for you the Bradford Pears, Azaleas and Dogwoods.  Keep visiting and enjoy the blossoming of spring right here on these pages!

Spring in Boone, NC

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Here’s the way March 28th looks on top of Seven Devils North Carolina. You can see the old ski slopes in the distance. People still come here for the tubing runs in winter and zip lines in the summer. With all this snow at almost 5000 feet elevation in early spring, you can imagine how cool it will be when everybody is sweltering in summertime. This is certainly been a prolonged winter in won’t the advent of spring be beautiful when it arrives this Easter weekend!

8″ of Snow on my Railing this Morning in Boone. NC

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It has snowed nail on off for about 3 days. It looks to me like we’ve got about 8 inches. The roads are fine and the mountains are beautiful. By the weekend they are forecasting the high Fifty’s. The forsythia and daffodils are just waiting to burst. Come CS in the mountains of Boone North Carolina soon.

Winter Storm in Boone, NC

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It’s another winter storm warning for Boone North Carolina. We’re supposed to get 5 to 10 inches of snow. Although this part of spring is hard to take and we can get cabin fever there’s no day that isn’t beautiful in Boone, North Carolina. I’ll go home and get the dog and cat inside and wake up to start snow blower in the morning. It’s another invigorating and exotic moment in the mountains of North Carolina.

First Day of Spring in Boone, North Carolina!

FirstDayofSpringBooneNC-001Isn’t it a gorgeous day in Boone, NC!  And all of that beauty is augmented by the knowledge that so many more with exotic temperatures and mountain breezes are just ahead.  This halcyon moment – the onset of spring in the high country is exquisite.  I don’t know anywhere else in the world that radiates with such natural splendor.  Next week I expect the forsythia will burst into bloom.  Today I saw daffodils popping at Sharon’s farm.  Winter withdraws with a roar with it dropping to 19 degrees tonight but the beauty of spring in on the way and I’m grateful beyond words to be able to celebrate it in Boone, NC!

Spring Comes to Boone, NC

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What a beautiful mountain morning! It’s 50 degrees in a soft breeze. March 16th dawns with the soft layer of cirrus clouds above and the fragrance of spring in the air. There’s no place I’d rather be than Boone, NC.

Listening to the Ice Melt in Boone and Blowing Rock, NC

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The loudest sound in the mountains today is the ice falling off the trees. The strongest one have survived, if slightly bowed for the moment. These natural exigencies are part of the rite of spring. Winter’s last gasp. Almost last gasp as we forecast 5-10″of snow now thru Sunday. But by then we’re in March and winter’s losing her battle with spring. Here comes the sun!

A Glimpse out the Window at Sharon’s Farm

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It’s a beautiful snowy day at the farm. I went around snapping a few photos today. Here’s one out my office window looking across at her pond while it’s snowing. It’s a beautiful winter moment in the mountains near Boone.

Winter Morning in Boone, North Carolina

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Here is my morning view on my two-minute commute to work. That’s Howard’s Knob and Rich Mountain in the background with Snake Mountain in the far distance. In the foreground is the Boone Public Gold Course with Watauga Medical just behind. This is what a beautiful small mountain town looks like on a gorgeous brilliant winter morning.