garden with a view.
mixed media on 11"x14" stretch canvas
Hello and happy Monday! With all the whimsical art I've seen at the stores and galleries here in the mountains, I just had to paint some myself. The sun is made of pages from the NC phone book and features Balsam, Waynesville, Maggie Valley and Asheville—where we spend most of our time. And if you look closely enough, you'll see the white cross on Jone's Knob.
History of the White Cross— Originally called Jones Knob, Mount Lyn Lowry was renamed in 1965 in honor of leukemia victim Lyn Lowry. The Rev. Billy Graham presided over the dedication ceremony. Mount Lyn Lowry is located in the Plott Balsams. The Plot Balsams cross the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina between Waterrock Knob and Yellow Face. Mt. Lyn Lowry is one of the more unusual mountains you will climb. On the east portion of the ridge there is a 60 foot white metal cross with seven lights strategically placed on its east facing side. The lights are lit at night and can be seen from Waynesville, Sylva and other Western Carolina villages in the surrounding valleys. The cross itself is part of a memorial to Lyn Lowry. There is also a memorial plaque on the summit. The views to the east from the summit of Lyn Lowry are spectacular. There is also a beautiful meadow at the summit. The route from Waterrock Knob is strenuous, especially when wet, snowy or icy.
We have not tried to hike to the white cross yet, but I want to one of these days before we leave.