Roan Valley

No, the photo didn't have to be this big on your screen. It was just a way of 'starting out with a bang'. All of these photos have both a physical and electronic size. You can easily adjust the physical size to anything you want. (This is getting to about as big as you'd want to go but anything smaller is fine). Remember, the electronic size - file size is going to be just the same whatever physical size you trim it to. Who cares? Well, for the most part, no one. It's just that this picture will take up more space on your file and take longer to download if you send it to a friend than a smaller file size would. If you have a photo manipulation program - Photoshop, Essentials, Gimp, whatever, then you can do pretty much whatever you want.

This is a photo of the Roan Valley taken from the hillside right at the south side of Mountain City, Tennessee. US 421 - leading left to Boone, North Carolina and right to Bristol, Tennesssee is just below us. Roan Creek is (almost) visible winding away from us through the valley. The valley is so named because Daniel Boone supposedly left his roan horse here to graze while he went ahead on foot.
Coming back, he recovered his fat, well nourished steed and rode off into history. That's what I've heard. Don't really know. Wasn't there at the time. I'm sure glad I am now. This is only one of thousands of views that will often take your breath away when experienced in person.
The "Dry Hills" (Big and Little) are beyond the gentle section of fields and woods. Beyond them, miles away, (on the horizon towards the left of the picture) is Roan Mountain. A park is there, a highway shared by Tennessee and North Carolina (the ridge is the state line) and the site of the beautiful Rhododendren Festivals . You can get a preview at There's also a lot of info available from the Ashville, North Carolnia site. Go to one or both to see some really great scenery.

This is a 300 dpi picture and will reproduce well up to around 8 x 10. It can ,of course, be resized to a smaller version if that's what you want.

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This is a much more modest little photo. Here, we're down in that beautiful valley we saw in the last photo - off to the right as that image shows the valley. There's a small road running along between the base of Doe Mountain and the very beginning of the farm land. We're standing in the shadows at its side.
The 'main' road (not much of a major highway) is directly in front of us maybe a couple hundred yards away. It leads from Mountain City (not far from the site of the photo above) down through the valley to Lake Watauga - maybe 8 - 10 miles to our left.
Corn's often planted here. The farm, "Maymead", plants an extensive crop each year.
Over beyond, on the horizon, is Stone Mountain. Tenneesee and North Carolina share its ridge-top as their respective state line for much of its length but, right here, Tennessee juts out and encompasses the village of 'Trade' over on the other side (about eight miles away in a straight line).
Yes, Boone came through there. Yes the Indians and early settlers traded there. Names around here are often pretty straightforward.
One thing that may not be straightforward for most these days is that Tom Dooley came through here too. You probably have to remember the Kingston Trio to know much about Tom. ~~~ Hang down your head, Tom Dooley: Hang down your head and cry; Hang down your head Tom Dooley; Poor boy you're going to die.~~~ Big hit in the '50's as I recall. Look him up and decide for yourself - did he kill beautiful brown-haired Laura (I'm pretty sure that was her name) or not?? Anyway, Tom's still pretty big news around here and so's old Colonel Grayson - look him up, too.

This photo is of a lower resolution, will print out smaller and is not suitable for those big wall-type displays. Doesn't really matter, its a gorgeous spot and a print would make a nice little desk-top piece or the illustration for a small calendar - if you do that sort of thing.

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