One of the things I like best about living here in the mountains is the fact that even the most mundane of tasks, like going to the grocery store or going to work, becomes exciting because no matter which route we take, it’s the scenic route. And I will never, ever take this for granted. It’s a good thing that the country road we go into town on is not a busy one because I’m always stopping just to gaze, slack-jawed with awe, at the beauty of these hills.
In that vein, I present the photographs of Blue Ridge Blue Collar Man–my husband Tom. All of these, except the sunsets, were taken either on his way to work or at his jobsite. He is a carpenter, and we get up early, so we get to see every day the wonder of the early-morning light.
About the one below: Tom said he loved that the fence looked like a music staff and the headlights, like bright notes on the staff. (Tom’s a poet, too.)
First of all, the house you see below, behind the corn snake, is NOT our house. It’s Tom’s worksite. As a matter of fact, Tom says that our ENTIRE HOUSE would fit inside the great room of this house. I guess that’s why they call it a great room. Anyway, this is a corn snake. Isn’t it beautiful? The poor little guy was stuck on some adhesive that they were using in the drainage system. Tom and his co-workers rescued him and let him go. He was kind enough to pose for a few pictures before he slithered away.
This was taken on the same worksite.
The shot below was taken back in October from the same worksite. Tom has been working there a long time. It is a very, very large house, so there’s lots of custom trim to do (he is a trim carpenter). I think he’s starting to feel at home there. Very soon, they’ll probably give him his own room. In fact, the house is so big, he could stay there and they might not even know he was there.
These amazing sunset shots (below) were taken when Tom was driving back from taking Ariel to Chapel Hill. I am somewhat alarmed to know he stopped his car in the dark on the side of a major busy highway (where people drive like maniacs) just to take a picture, but, golly, these are lovely shots.
Thanks, Blue Ridge Blue Collar Man! I’m so glad you have such beauty in your every day life and that you stop to capture it so we can see it too.