Thursday, January 13, 2011

drive through the country...

day four.
snowfest 2011 continues...
as the kids of all ages, continue to sled down the hill, til ALL hours of the day and night......

mr. dan and i took a drive down our favorite country roads..... i thought you might enjoy seeing the beauty that lies less than two miles from my home.
Old Natchez trace and Moran Road are just right around the corner from my neighborhood.


the scenic Harpeth River borders on one side...
be still my heart! check out those amazing reflections on this peaceful day. aaahhhh....



there are old plantations mixed in with newer horse ranches on the other side.
Jimmy Buffet used to live in this home, now occupied by Kim Karnes (think "Betty Davis Eyes" fame). can't you just picture a young lady in a hoop skirt and parasol walking in this yard years ago?





an all white farm house surrounded by all white snow is just MAGIC to my eyes.





turning down Moran Road, open acreage is framed and divided by gorgeous farm fences and what we call "slave walls". rock walls created by slaves back in the day.


















this was Alan Jackson's home that he recently sold for 23 million. ahem. i'll take two please.
i hope you enjoyed my little drive in the country.
mr. sunshine is all glowy today, but it is still freezing. i know many of you are ready for the snow to go away....
especially mommies of house bound kiddos? mr. dan and i are getting a little bit tired of the constant traffic on our street and through our yard and gardens. our mailbox was even hit by the sheriff's car. the sledders and partiers cut through our yard to access the hill. the constant sound of fourwheelers hauling sledders to the top (till all hours) is becoming old. not to mention the debris left behind by some not-so-considerate partiers (broken sleds and rafts, empty cans and a wine bottle). don't get me wrong...I LOVE SNOW!
but our SNOWFEST
is becoming more of a SNOWTEST.
ooo
oooo
perhaps i need to take another drive...


39 comments:

bicocacolors said...

Oh my God, this is wonderful, landscapes, photos, straight out of a fairytale!
Erin thanks for sharing, are really great!!!

boromax said...

Tried to think of a "new" descriptive word... but MAGICAL just seems to be THE most appropriate one for these scenes. So beautiful, well-captured and well-presented.

Still. Glad to be able to enjoy the snowy pics from a warmer, snowless clime.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Love these photos! That is beautiful country with or without snow. Jackson finally sold his "estate" did he? :D
Yes - I think the traffic thru your yard would get old real fast, and you probably won't know how much damage is done until all the snow is gone. Sheriff's dept repaired your mailbox, I hope.
Stay warm!
Glenda

D.B. said...

Wow, sorry about the partying sledders! Our neighborhood in the Bubble is F L A T! All we can manage are a few snowball fights. I am glad it has lasted this long. Beautiful photos.

LuLu Kellogg said...

These pictures are just breathtaking! Thank you for the lovely stroll through the snow!

xoxo

Razmataz said...

Such gorgeous images. Snow is such a glorious backdrop. Such gorgeous homes too...I do love to see the homes in other places.

Brenda Kula said...

These are truly magical photos! I need to get out and do some of this.
Brenda

Rocket Man said...

Absolutely stunning series, Erin! Thanks for the tour. I'm one of those ready for a break from the snow, mostly because I'm stuck in the house and can't get out shooting on the back roads where all the beauty is. Maybe tomorrow.

KarenB said...

We used to drive around the "country" when we lived there and show visitors the stars homes. :-) I'm not sure we did it in the snow. Nashvillians seemed to go nuts when it snowed back then. I seem to remember ice many times. And on those narrow windy, although beautiful roads. Whew. I've got my slider door open today. Just saying. . . ;-)

michelle said...

Erin your pictures are so beautiful, I love love the one of the river, just breath-taking! I love going for drives and your neck of the woods look perfect to drive through! Love that Jimmy Buffett used to live there, he is one my favorites! Thank you for taking us along and I look forward to more drives with you! :)

Don said...

These photographs are too too much!!
Just heavenly.

Heaven's Walk - said...

Erin ~ I can't believe how much snow you have down there. But it sure is breathtaking. Your photos, as usual, leave me speechless. How lucky you are to live in such a beautiful place.... :)

xoxo laurie

Tammie Lee said...

lovely to see winter through your eyes and lens~

oldgreymare said...

There is a painting waiting within that Harpeth shot.... I have seen your area in all seasons but this one....how beautiful.

Snow test huh? Yellow snow? : 0

xx
z

Denise said...

I love your snowy pics. It's so beautiful.

Sharon Wengel said...

You got a lot more snow than we did here in the Ozark hills.
Erin , your photos are so pretty they bring tears to my eyes, and I don't even like snow .
Sharon

Pamela said...

Beautiful photos!
Thanks for sharing!
Pamela :)

Georgianna said...

Magnificent images, Erin! I can understand how all the noise becomes distracting. At least when it's gone you'll have the beautiful memories captured in these images. xo – g

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest Erin, YOU have captured my heart once again. Snow is something that many people dread, but you give it the color of GRANDEUR and only YOU can make a rusty part of a fence look like a PIECE OF ART...You are most definitely a blogger that I am highlighting this weekend....more details as I get my post up. LOVE TO YOU! Anita

Custom Comforts said...

Absolutly beautiful pictures Erin!!! You are so blessed to have nearby such beautiful scenery. I live in the inner suburbs of a big city and it's quite a trip to get scenery like that. I guess I could just walk over to campus and get some good shots, but it's so cold, who wants to go outside on their lunch break? Not me ~ maybe next snow.
Glad you're still seeing the beauty in your snow. Maybe it will melt soon and the sledders will go home. Another storm coming in for us today. Our snow probably won't be going anywhere until March. Have a nice weekend and hope it warms up for you soon.
Cindy

Scott said...

Erin, These are absolutely GORGEOUS. That is all I can say. I'm sitting here with my mouth hanging open.

June said...

Erin I am in love with your goregous countryside covered in snow. ~sigh~ Your photos are amazing!

Becca said...

These photos are so beautiful Erin, so dream like and quiet. They almost don't seem real they are so beautiful! I've never been in a lovely snow scene like that before, so it's almost surreal to me! I'm sure you understand from knowing your friend Suzan that lives where I do! Thank you for sharing such inspiring photos!

A Perfect Gray said...

absolutely beautiful images...

Donna said...

You make the snow look beautiful! I am tired of it lingering at my house but you make it look magical :)
Hugs,
Donna

Cobalt Violet said...

Seriously Erin! Holy cow! So gorgeous. I am in love with that shot of the two horses and fence ... stunning!

wendy said...

HI---what a beautiful blog you have. I am over here from Anita's. (love her)
I have 2 nieces that live in Tennesse...Nashville and Knoxville. I'd love to see that country. My daughter and I lover the time period of the "ol'South" and the hoop skirts, mint julep and teac. so fun.

beautiful pictures. WOW. You take amazing photos. I take pictures...would be great to know how to CREATE a beautiful picture.

and rude people are annoying. leaving their messes behind. grrrrr

Teacup Mosaics said...

I think you have one of the most beautiful blogs ever!I also think you live in one of the most beautiful towns ever! Franklin is one of my favs, I visit at least once a year to show our cutting horses and then I think of other excuses to stop by too. Enjoy the snow but I am sure you think it's time to for it to go.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

HI Erin
Well this all looks so beautiful.. how wonderful to be surrounded by snow!!! It's so picturesque...

We've been having rain and rain and rain and you may have heard much of my country has suffered severe flooding.. greatest natural disaster in Australia.. Luckily I am no where near the affected areas but just heartbreaking to see it on the news .. blogs etc..

Mother Nature .. she can sure create both beauty and disaster.. ciao xxx Julie

Victoria Sayer said...

G'day Erin,
I just had to drop you a line and let you know that these are, by far, the best snow-scape photos I have ever seen on a blog. Thankyou so much for sharing them with us here in the Land of Blog.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

So nice to meet you Erin.. I came via my dear friend Anita's blog Castles Crowns and Cottages..
These photos are just breathtaking!
What a wonderful country drive.
Thank you so much for sharing.
Oh... I just love your horse paintings.. They are magnificent!
Blessings,
Penny

jade said...

Ooooooh what a wonderful place..........it´s like coming home for me......even when i´ve never been there!!!! Love your pictures sooooo much, have a lovely sunday,

Hugs Jade

VictoriaArt said...

I have come over from Anita's and could not stop until I read everything on your blog.... your amazing photos, your art work, your garden, you!
I am so glad I came and will be back.... love your paintings above all. The stair case is still in my mind!
Come and visit!
Happy wintertime!
Victoria

*✿*millie meadowsweet*✿* said...

i feel like i am dreaming!
your Snowfest fortunately is not a test for me, but a pure and utter joy to behold.
your photographs are lovely
your blog is beautiful!
i am so happy i followed the link from lovely Anita's blog.

warmest wishes xxx

millie

Martina said...

So white and beautiful your snow pictures - and i love your editing! Although i'm so glad snow here has melted for a change. But winter's not over yet ...
Am visiting over from Anita's and am your newest follower ;)

Zuzu said...

Ah - it's gorgeous, Erin. I love hearing a little about the history in your area as well. :)
Hugs,
Zuzu

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

ERIN!!!! OOOOOOOOOO I AM SO HAPPY to see some of my pals have come to see you! I knew they would love your world as I DO! Oh Erin, you should see the paint for our walls! It is Behr paint FROST white. The wood work will be a soft clay gray and it is PERFECT for snowy days as well as I am sure it will be refreshing for hot summer days. THANK YOU FOR ENTERING INTO MY BLOG WORLD; you are the inspiration indeed!!! Have a brilliant week!!! Anita

Drawn to The Sea said...

I just walked into a cold, cold dreamland beside you :-)

Debra@Common Ground said...

oh my, the photo of the horses framed by the trees, just magical, Erin. Love, love your photos!!
xo,
Debra