Blue Ridge Mountains Photo-of-the-Week

"Wishing Leaf" Photo-of-the-Week

The first image in Blue Ridge Travel Guide’s 2017 Photo-of-the-Week is “Wishing Leaf” by fine-art photographer Dennis Sabo.

While in Georgia on a photo safaris with friends, Dennis came upon a “wondrous valley at sunrise.” Unfortunately his tour guide gave the group some wrong information and the sun was directly in front of them.

Dennis tells us that whenever he’s outside in nature’s wonderful environment he always tries to  make photographic keepsakes out of bad situations. While his friends were whining about the conditions, he continued to scour the immediate environment for a good shot. Behind him (away from the sun) he saw a cliff side streaming with water and one minuscule leaf (about the size of a thumbnail) clinging to the cliff side. Between the colors and aging of the leaf, and the cobalt blue of the cliff wall, Dennis captured a great shot.

Dennis Sabo 1-on-1 Photo ClassesThat’s what makes him a professional fine-art photographer. And as a professional, Dennis also offers personalized one-on-one private photo and camera instruction for residents in the Tellico, Tenn., area. If it’s been a while since you used your camera, or if you got a new camera and need to get up to speed quickly, or you have the camera figured out but want your photographs to pop with color and don’t know how to use popular post-production programs like Adobe Lightroom, Dennis can help. His personalized, one-on-one photography instruction is designed to suit your needs and schedule.  From beginner to experienced, from a Powershot to a Digital SLR camera, and from camera buttons to post production in Lightroom or Photoshop, he’ll help you get the pictures you want.

Dennis has over 20 years of contributing photo experience to a variety of magazines, newspapers and publishers, including Blue Planet, Canon USA, Florida Today, National Geographic, NASA, NOVA, and more.

Call Dennis at 865-253-0798, or visit his website and Facebook page for the personalized one-on-one Camera instruction you need.

Note: We’re re-introducing the Blue Ridge Travel Guide “Photo of the Week.” If you’ve captured a fun or beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain experience with your camera we’d love to see and share it on BlueRidgeTravelGuide.com. Did you fly high above the mountains on a hot air balloon ride? Careen through the mountains on a zip line? Take a whitewater raft trip or tube down a a beautiful river? Hike to an awesome waterfall? Watch a gorgeous mountain sunrise or sunset? Send it to us using our Photo-of-the-Week submission form so we can evaluate it. We’ll post the best ones we receive each week on our website and Facebook page, along with your brief description.

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Dennis Sabo’s Amazing Fine Art Photography

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Boulder Dash – photo by Dennis Sabo

Dennis Sabo is one of our favorite photographers – and not just because he’s won international awards for his art or because he’s been published in so many well known periodicals. Dennis has an incredible way of making us connect with the images he creates. His photos make us long to be right where he was when he took them. Here are just a few examples of his work in our beautiful mountains…

Click image to see a larger version or to purchase Autumn Inspiration photo by Dennis Sabo

Autumn Inspiration – photo by Dennis Sabo

Click image to see a larger version or to purchase Cades Cove Morning photo by Dennis Sabo

Cades Cove Morning – photo by Dennis Sabo

Click to see larger version or to purchase Grist Mill photo by Dennis Sabo

Grist Mill – photo by Dennis Sabo

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Morningside – photo by Dennis Sabo

Click to view larger version or to purchase Appalachian Sunrise photo by Dennis Sabo

Appalachian Sunrise – photo by Dennis Sabo

Click to see larger version or to purchase Smoky Reflection photo by Dennis Sabo

Smoky Reflection – photo by Dennis Sabo

In addition to his many landscape images of the eastern mountains, Dennis has a large, gorgeous collection of seascape, tropical scenics, reef life, nature and abstract art. And he recently made a trek back to the northwest coast and captured some amazing shots along the beach. Here are a few examples I really liked…

Click to view larger version or to purchase Sirens photo by Dennis Sabo

Sirens – photo by Dennis Sabo

Click to view larger version or to purchase What a Day photo by Dennis Sabo

What a Day – photo by Dennis Sabo

Click to view larger version or to purchase Wild photo by Dennis Sabo

Wild – photo by Dennis Sabo

Dennis Sabo’s fine art is available in several media to grace homes, offices, and lodging facilities. When he’s not outside shooting his next masterpiece, he likes to chat with other photographers and clients. Dennis resides with his wife, Karen, in Loudon, Tennessee.

Perfect 2-Hour Mountain Ride in the Spring

Spring View From Mountain Home in Hendersonville

I left early for a two-hour ride from my home in Hendersonville, NC, to Saluda and Chimney Rock, NC, and back home. It was a little hazy, but the view was still pretty nice from our neighborhood. I beat the hustle and bustle in downtown Hendersonville…

Spring Morning in Hendersonville North Carolina

There were lots of empty parking spaces, even in front of the Old Courthouse…

The Old Courthouse in Hendersonville is now a Museum

On my way to Saluda I stopped at a bridge on Rt. 176 and took a picture of the gorge…

View of Gorge Near Saluda, NC

In Saluda I had breakfast at Ward’s Grill on Main Street. If you’re hungry don’t miss it…

Outside Ward's Grill in Saluda, NC

It was still pretty early so I got the sidewalk all to myself…

Early Morning Outside Ward's Grill

And I beat the crowds inside, too…

Nostalgic Look Inside Ward's Grill in Saluda, NC

I ordered a healthy (no pancakes or grits) bacon-and-eggs breakfast and enjoyed every single bite…

Delicious Bacon and Eggs Breakfast at Ward's Grill in Saluda, NC

When I started out of town I drove by the popular Green River Adventures headquarters. They were already loading up for a fun time on the river…

Picture Outside the Green River Adventures Headquarters in Saluda, NC

Then I stopped in front of one of our favorite Saluda inns, where we’ve enjoyed some great dining experiences

Newman's Restaurant at the Orchard Inn, Saluda, NC

From Saluda I headed to Pearson’s Falls, and on the way stopped to smell the honeysuckle and enjoy the view…

Beautiful Views Near Saluda, NC

I got to Pearson’s Falls too early, so I snapped a quick picture and continued on…

Pearson's Falls Near Saluda and Tryon, NC

On my way to Lake Lure and Chimney Rock I rode down the mountain into the gorge via Green River Cove Road. It has over a dozen switchbacks that are much tighter than anything on the Tail of the Dragon. Here’s what it looks like on Google Maps…

Map of Switchbacks on Green River Cove Road near Saluda, NC

The Green River doesn’t look too rough so when it warms up I’m going to get an inner-tube and take a ride…

Views of the Green River Near Saluda, NC

There are several spots along the river to rent tubes…

Tube Rentals on the Green River Near Saluda, NC

There are some very nice views in this part of the country. You can even capture a nice amateur shot out the car window…

Nice View Near Saluda, NC

The beautiful views of Lake Lure never get old…

Beautiful View of Lake Lure

When I could see Chimney Rock Park in the distance I took a picture. I’ve outlined the actual “chimney” in red below…

The Chimney at Chimney Rock park from a distance

Here’s a close-up picture of the “chimney” and Lake Lure from inside the park…

The 'Chimney' at Chimney Rock Park From Above

Here’s another shot of the “chimney” from the entrance at Chimney Rock Park…

The entrance to Chimney Rock Park

Harley riders who visit Chimney Rock might find this interesting: the Asheville Harley Davidson dealer is opening up a new clothing and accessories store… right next door to the infamous “Heavenly Hoggs” on Main Street…

New Harley Davidson Store Next to Heavenly Hoggs in Chimney Rock, NC

You could easily turn my two-hour ride into a two-day ride (or even a two-week ride) if you have time, and enjoy the many activities and attractions along the way. Here’s an interactive Google map of the roads I took…

Interactive Google Map of 2-Hour Loop

Here are some links you might find helpful along your way: Hendersonville B&B’s, Hendersonville Hotels, Hendersonville Dining, and Hendersonville and Saluda Attractions; Saluda Lodging, Saluda Dining; Chimney Rock and Lake Lure Lodging, Dining, and Attractions.

And if you’re looking for some other great places to ride in the Blue Ridge Mountains, check out our Best Mountain Roads page.

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