P52: Shadows

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I am participating in a project over at My 3 Boybarians called Project52 (P52)  which stands for “1 photo each week for a year.”  There is an assigned theme each week and I try to take the best photo I can related to that theme.  Here is my attempt this week!

I am really starting to enjoy this photo project.  Smile  The first few weeks were discouraging for me (the themes and how I could portray them in our life), but once I posted the pictures I took, everyone was so encouraging and complimentary so it gave me the confidence to keep going.  Then after last week of almost not doing it and getting some super great shots and having a blast with it, I am so excited to keep doing this project!

My hubby and I went on a long weekend trip this past weekend.  We met up with some friends in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and had such a great time together!  Yummy food, fun thrifty finds (more on that later!), games, movies, shopping, crafts, mini golf  – such a fun time!   As we were driving home through the mountains yesterday enjoying the scenery, I was thinking over my to-do list for the rest of the week once we “rejoined life” at home

And what I would do for my photo this week – shadows.

Hubby had asked if I wanted stop at the top and take pictures, but I wasn’t feeling well and we were ready to get home so we opted to just keep driving.  Then it hit me – SHADOWS!!  Shadows in the mountains, in the trees, on the road – they were all around!  So of course then we had to stop so I could get my picture for this week Smile


And of course I didn’t take just one Smile 


Even though this is not the prettiest time of year, everything is brown and not much color, the mountains seem to be pretty any time of year….


Can’t help to think of the valleys and mountaintops in life when I look at these pictures.


Even though you might be in the valley, look at the beautiful rolling mountains around you.  It takes the mountaintops AND the valleys to make this beautiful scene. Just like in our life: when we look back at the valleys we have traveled through we realize those experiences made us who we are and made the mountaintop experiences in life much more beautiful and enjoyable!


And this one brings to mind this verse– "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” Psalms 19:1


As we drove through Cherokee we saw these elk on the side of the road!  Everyone was stopping to take pictures. 


Turns out that they are actually wild elk, re-introduced to the Smoky Mountain park about 10 years ago.  And the herd is growing and thriving there in the Appalachian area again.  There were probably 10 or more females grazing on the other side of the road too.  But everyone was fascinated by these males which were sort of sparing at each other with their antlers.


Thankful for a fun weekend away with my hubby!  And grateful that I have someone to hold my hand and walk with me on the mountaintops and through the valleys in life!


Take any fun pictures this week? 



  1. LOVED your photos this week! I’ve never been to the Smoky Mountains but I’d love to go… luckily I live in West Virginia so we have some amazing mountain views as well so I’m not missing out on too much 😉

    Anyway, although I’m not officially doing the P52 challenge, I’d like to share mine from this week. It’s nothing special – just shadows from the light coming through my blinds, but I loved the mixture of textures and patterns that were showing at once – especially the curved line shadow from my vase!


    • Loved the textures in your picture – very unique! 🙂

      No, don’t think you are missing much in WV 🙂 I am sure it is gorgeous there 🙂

  2. Very pretty photos! It looks like a great weekend getaway!
    Sheila @ Seasoned Joy recently posted..p52 Week 5: ShadowsMy Profile

  3. Great captures you got for this week. Must have been an extra special getaway.
    Dominique@Dominique’s Desk recently posted..P52-Shadows and Poetic Winter Challenge- SolitudeMy Profile

  4. Isn’t taking part in these events so encouraging? I’m glad you think so too! I look forward to seeing your pictures in the weeks to come.
    little macaroon recently posted..project 52: shadowsMy Profile

  5. Sounds like ya’ll had a wonderful time! You’re making me want to take a trip to the mountains now! =) Glad you are enjoying the project and way to go on sticking with it another week!
    Laine recently posted..Project 52-Week 5: ShadowsMy Profile

    • We did have a great time! Fellowship with friends our age = priceless! 🙂 Want to come up there and go thrifting/yard saling with you, Christa, Renee sometime 🙂

  6. Looks like an amazing road trip was had! Your photos are just gorgeous!
    K Hutchinson recently posted..P52-ShadowsMy Profile

  7. Wow…these were gorgeous!! Sounds like you had a great time!
    Susan recently posted..ShadowsMy Profile

  8. Your shadow photos were great, but I just loved that you were able to take pictures of the wild elk. How many people can say that? Great job. Oh – I looked back to last week, too. I loved the big mirror outside. Beautiful shots.
    Donna recently posted..Project 52: ShadowsMy Profile

    • Thanks for checking out my photo posts. 🙂

      and yes you are right about the Elk. We go through Cherokee about once a year and we have never seen them before. Now we will be looking for them! 🙂

  9. nature is so perfect, I love those mountains
    great shots!

  10. Our family loves the Tennessee mountains near Wear Valley. We have vacationed there many times. Nice photos of the mountains.
    Tonya recently posted..Project 52 P52 / Week 5 / ShadowsMy Profile

    • Thanks for coming over Tonya! 🙂 We love the moutains too. Told my husband this weekend that I wished I lived there. 🙂

  11. Beautiful shots! Glad you were able to enjoy some time away!
    Renee @ Living, Laughing, & Loving recently posted..Beautify Your Blog, DIY… Share your MUG & some WordPress News!My Profile

  12. I love the shadows that can be cast by and on the mountains. Great photos!!


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