Sep 28, 2013 · 11:00 AM
Please join me in photographing one of the area's best farmer's markets. You will find all manner of colors, textures and macro opportunities at this wonderful outdoor market. Shoot for an hour or two, enjoy some amazing pulled pork or BBQ ribs and then follow me to one of the states most beautiful destinations; The North Carolina Arboretum. A small parking fee of $8 per carload will apply at the Arboretum, so carpooling is advised if possible.
The NC Arboretum
Hi folks! I am very excited that we have some beautiful weather in store for us this weekend for our trip. The high should be about 70 degrees, with little chance for rain. Be sure to pack some layers accordingly, if the temps dip a little.
I spoke to the owner at the farm today, and she is very excited to have us. I wanted to mention that since this is a working farmers market, they will be busy. I would ask that we all respect the property and the signs posted as well as being mindful of being in the way of other customers. Please try and restrict any tripod photography to the outskirts of the market. There will be tight spaces, and it will not be possible to block up the pathways. There should be enough light that tripods won't be entirely necessary anyway.
Remember that there will be BBQ! Bring your appetite and some cash. The smoke pit will be in full effect and you wont want to miss out. The market accepts credit cards but the BBQ pit does not. Prices are reasonable, but you'll want to have some cash on hand if you plan to have a snack there.
I expect that if we arrive at 11AM, we'll be ready to roll out to the arboretum around 12:30. That allows for some shooting and leisurely lunch for those who wish to partake. We'll play that by ear, but hopefully we'll all be ready to leave at the same time to caravan up I26 to the Arboretum.
Speaking of traveling, if you've never been in this area, I highly recommend the scenic route up past Lake Lure. I always take 85S to 74W through Shelby. Be on the lookout for 221N at Rutherfordton, then hand a left onto 64/74A. This is a lovely twisty road that will take you along Lake Lure, through Chimney Rock and onto Bat Cave. Make a Left onto 64 Chimney Rock Rd, and the farm will be a few miles down on your right hand side. You cant miss it.
I really have no idea what to expect at the arboretum. They do have an indoor greenhouse, so there should be stuff blooming there. Otherwise, the Bonsai tree garden is really neat and there will be other opportunities for landscapes etc. We can stay here as long as we want, and your parking pass allows exit and re-entry, so you can come and go as you please if you'll be staying in the area.