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Newcomers to Lake Norman don’t always appreciate just how big our beautiful lake actually is and how many types of boating it accomodates. We have two yacht clubs that offer wonderful sailing activities, comraderie and competitions. This photo is of a race just off the Brawley School Road Peninsula in Mooresville on a beautiful summer’s day. If you look closely on the far right you can see the Lake Norman Yacht Club. I have very fond memories of crewing in sailing races as a child. The boats were small but the races were serious and lots of fun!
This gorgeous photo was taken by renowned artist Cotton Ketchie, owner of Mooresville’s Landmark Galleries, who spends much of his time driving all over North Carolina and even summer trips around the country, taking stunning photos. And, of course, he also takes some amazing photos of Lake Norman as well. If you haven’t visited his store on Main Street in Historic Downtown Mooresville you should put it on your list for 2014! He has myriad beautiful photographs like this one for sale as well as his wonderful watercolors and even North Carolina pottery. Continue reading
While searching for a great photograph for this month’s Lake Norman Real Estate’s wallpaper calendar, I came across this beautiful shot of the Mayflower 2. While it is located far from Lake Norman in Massachusetts, I thought it was a fitting and a bit different way to honor the month during which we celebrate Thanksgiving!
The original Mayflower that sailed to Plymouth in 1620 no longer exists. Plimoth Plantation’s full-scale reproduction, Mayflower II, was built in Devon, England and crossed the Atlantic in 1957. The details of the ship, from the solid oak timbers and tarred hemp rigging to the wood and horn lanterns and hand-colored maps, have been carefully re-created to give you a sense of what the original 17th-century vessel was like.
To make your desktop calendar, go to the round button at the top of this site’s home page entitled: “Lake Norman Calendar”. Click on this button and up will come this image of my Lake Norman photo wallpaper calender for November 2013. All you have to do is right click and select “set as background”. This is a copyrighted photo so please understand that I can not send you a copy of this photo without the calendar. Thank you! Continue reading
Without a doubt, April is my favorite month here on Lake Norman. This year’s unseasonably warm weather accentuated the annual burst of life that we enjoy every April. Blossoms are everywhere as our trees go from sticks to fully leafed out. Blossoming Cherry Trees (like the one above) are joined by plum, apricot, crabapple, Rosebuds and, of course, our spectacular Dogwoods. Bright yellow Forsythia bushes and daffodils are quickly followed by the showy pick flowers of Loropedalums, Spireas. And then, the Azaleas burst with color all over the lake shoreline. The skis are bright blue, temperatures are mild enough for avid boaters. Life is good! Continue reading
Wow, I can’t believe December is here!
In the Lake Norman area our gorgeous hardwood trees are now bare and most of our perennial flowers are going into hibernation for the winter. But, our Fescue lawns are still bright green and pansies bring new color to entrances to subdivisions and shopping areas.
The good news is that because of the bare trees our views of the lake have never been better! During these next 4 months, homes with “seasonal views” will truly enjoy the best of Lake Norman. Continue reading
As beautiful as it is right here in Lake Norman in October, taking a trip up to the Blue Ridge Mountains to see the fall colors is a ritual for many folks who live anywhere near the Appalachian Mountains.
If you live in Lake Norman, the mountains are only an hour and a half away so you can easily make it a day trip if you are limited in time. My favorite town is definitely Asheville which is not only at the Blue Ridge Parkway but where you can also enjoy a visit to The Biltmore or a stay at the beautiful Grove Park Inn. According to the Asheville Fall Color Forecast the trees are just starting to turn due to the later warm weather. Continue reading
With the 38th Annual Carolina BalloonFest just around the corner, I was thrilled to receive this stunning photo taken by one of our readers and a local Lake Norman resident, Terri Shoemaker. She took this photo of a hot air balloon barely clearing the trees on our Lake Norman shoreline from a moving vehicle. Wow! Thank you to Terri for allowing me to use this as our September calendar photo! Continue reading
December is a peaceful month on Lake Norman. Most of our deciduous trees have gone dormant so the homes along our shorelines are now more visible and those of us with “seasonal water views” can now look out our windows and enjoy the beauty of our Lake Norman every day!
I hope you all have a wonderful, safe, and happy holiday season! Continue reading
Life in Lake Norman NC in June is all about the lake. If you are a boater, skier, sailor or an enthusiast of myriad other water sports and recreation, most likely the lake will be your home away from home this month.
But there is another side of Lake Norman’s gifts to us lucky enough to live here and that is the flora and fauna; the wonders of mother nature. Thanks to the growing efforts by Duke Energy AND many passionate residents, our lake continues to be home to an incredible array of wildlife, both furry and with feathers!
One of my favorites is the Blue Heron. If you are lucky, you might see a Blue Heron walking along the shoreline or taking majestic flight like the photo above. Continue reading
So, what in the world does a curious Red-Eyed Frog have to do with Lake Norman? Honestly? Absolutely nothing…I just thought he was cute!
I actually sent three photos to my web designer: One was some roses for Valentines’ Day, one was a beautiful photo of a rock formation in Canada signifying the upcoming Winter Olympics and finally this little frog. I guess cute won out over relevancy. Considering the current economic struggles it isn’t such a bad thing to have a little fun.
I promise to return to Lake Norman photos next month but I hope at least some of you will enjoy my frog!
To make your desktop calendar, go to the round button at the top of this site’s home page entitled: “Lake Norman Calendar”. Click on this button and up will come an image of my Lake Norman photo wallpaper calender for February 2010. All you have to do is right click and select “set as background”.
While I have great fun taking pictures of Lake Norman, I would love to use one of your favorite photos depicting life here in Lake Norman!. If you’d like to submit a photo for a future calendar, please send it to…
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