July as rolled around and the Ranch is in full swing Summer. Believe it or
not, Summer is the least impressive season here at the Ranch. But even now
there are moments of incredible beauty. At least the Summers here are
comfortable. The usual Summer highs here at 4000 feet are around 75-80 degrees.
The hottest I've ever seen it here was the very dry Summer of 1998 were it
reached 86 degrees!
wouldn't be July without fireworks....
here's a few from the 4th fireworks at Lake Junaluska.
Here's me holding my two week old niece. She's adorable and melts her
garden is limping along. With all the rain, my lettuce and okra has pretty much
stopped growing. The broccoli, brussel sprouts, squash, beans and corn are
doing pretty good.
house on this Summer afternoon....
The sun sets so late and so far to the north this time of year. It makes it
late afternoon thunderstorms have made for some spectacular sunsets. Check out
the colors before my eyes here as the sun sets on the Smokies.
There are white violet lighting bolts coming down out of this thunderhead.
My camera was never lucky enough to catch one.
colors and shapes are awe inspiring.
this day, a double rainbow appears at sunset...
looks like there is a pot of gold over at the pond
Another incredible sunset. This is looking down into the Tennessee
threatening, brooding, dark, but spectacular sunset over the Smokies. This
picture still gives me the chills. I can remember the tension in the air. Just
a few minutes after this picture, the skies opened up and it poured, the wind
howled, and the the lighting storm lasts well into the night.