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Peace Found Within

Karen Wiles

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Karen Wiles 17 Days Ago

Hampstead, NC - United States

Thank you Lena for choosing "Peace Found Within" as your favorite!

Karen Wiles 17 Days Ago

Hampstead, NC - United States

Thank you Lena!

Lena Wilhite 18 Days Ago

Springfield, MO - United States

Beautiful image! Love the lighting in this deep forest drive. Great work! l/F

Hampstead, NC - United States

Thank you MT for choosing "Peace Found Within" as your favorite!

Hampstead, NC - United States

Thank you so much MT for your wonderful comments!

Hampstead, NC - United States

Thank you MT Bobbins Photography for choosing "Peace Found Within" as your favorite!

Winchester, NH - United States

Excellent title! Love the use of light and green!

Hampstead, NC - United States

Thank you Felicia for choosing "Peace Found Within" as your favorite!

Hampstead, NC - United States

Thank you Sandra!

Durham, NC - United States

the green is wonderful!! L

Hampstead, NC - United States

Thank you Steven!

Kersey, CO - United States

Love how the light plays with the trees, and the road going in to the shadows, well done!

Hampstead, NC - United States

Thank you Conor for choosing "Peace Found Within" as your favorite!

Hampstead, NC - United States

Thank you Becky!

Morristown, Nj - United States

Love. The contrast! Beautiful! VF

Hampstead, NC - United States

Thank you Kerri for featuring "Peace Found Within" in Botanical Beauty!

Hampstead, NC - United States

Thank you Debra and Dave!

Lake Worth, FL - United States

A romantic and thought-provoking image Karen! We voted! Celebrate life, Debra and Dave

Hampstead, NC - United States

Thank you Neal for featuring "Peace Found Within" in All Things Reflective!

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Thank you Nadine and Bob for featuring "Peace Found Within" in All Fine Art America Artwork!

Hampstead, NC - United States

Thank you Zelma!

Hampstead, NC - United States

Thank you Sara!

Inverness, FL - United States

So peaceful I can see myself strolling down the road...V

Dover, OH - United States

What a serene View!

Hampstead, NC - United States

Thank you Neal for featuring "Peace Found Within" in Sun Rays and Light Group!

Hampstead, NC - United States

Thank you Kathleen!

Hampstead, NC - United States

Thank you Karen!

Hampstead, NC - United States

Thank you Chrisann!

Chicago, IL - United States

If only I could on that road right now! Love how you darkened the edges, drawing the viewer further down the road.

Cordova, TN - United States

I like the tranquility of the scene.

Sunrise, FL - United States

Karen, Such a Beautiful path I want to keep following..You are so talented! fav/vt/t

Hampstead, NC - United States

Thank you Sourav!

KOLKATA, WE - India

Such a beautiful capture! v

Hampstead, NC - United States

Thank you Eve!

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Raleigh, NC - United States

Love the composition!!! So tranquil!! Great job as usual!! v/f

Greensboro, NC - United States

Karen, this is so peaceful, beautiful light v.

Greensboro, NC - United States

Another stunning beauty of yours! Love it. The colors are wonderful.

Hampstead, NC - United States

Thank you Jim!

Tampa, FL - United States

Amazing capture and presentation of the Blue Ridge Parkway!

Hampstead, NC - United States

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Hampstead, NC - United States

Thank you so much Vicki!

Hampstead, NC - United States

Thank you Vicki!

Hullbridge, Es - United Kingdom

Absolutely stunning photograph!!! Love it :)

Hampstead, NC - United States

Sandi, I am so glad you enjoy my galleries! Thank you so much!

Hampstead, NC - United States

Thank you Lesa for featuring "Peace Found Within" in the Wild and Crazy!

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Thank you Everett for featuring "Peace Found Within" in the Why Not Group!

Lawrence, KS - United States

Wonderfully beautiful image, Karen! You are right about peace... f/v

Kamloops, BC - Canada

Hi Karen! I somehow came across your gallery and have been sitting here looking at it, mesmerized! Oh my goodness! You are so incredibly talented! And you are a nature lover like me! I am a new photographer and quite new to FAA. I am still learning, and I can see I have a long way to go! I have added you to my watch list, my dear. I will be enjoying your work very much! I just love this image, for example. Karen...you have captured the light so exquisitely...and such a serene, tranquil scene. Love it! V/F

Hampstead, NC - United States

Thank you Ruth!

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Thank you Leanne!

Denton, TX - United States

How beautiful with the light shining on the trees and great capture. F/V Ruth

North Windham, CT - United States

Very beautiful lighting and capture, Karen!! F/V

SYDNEY, NS - Australia

Captures the feel of driving through this kind of landscape.......lovely shot! f/v

Hampstead, NC - United States

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Peace Found Within

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Karen Wiles

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"PEACE FOUND WITHIN" by KAREN WILES
The Blue Ridge Parkway is 469 miles long - 217 miles in Virginia, including the Skyline Drive, and 252 miles in North Carolina. It was conceived during the Great Depression -though the idea had some germination earlier - as a scenic tourist link between the two National Parks, previously mentioned. It was implemented out of a need to put people to work in 1935 during the Depression and the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) provided the labor.
The Blue Ridge Parkway history is full of colorful characters and hard working, determined, supporters. The road was not easily built, nor was the route easily determined.
The route through Virginia was fairly easily established, but a rather bitter rivalry developed between North Carolina and Tennessee for the rest of the route, as both states recognized the economic benefits that would arise in the near and far term. The man responsible for finally determining the route was Interior Secretary Harold Ickes, who chose a North Carolina route because there were already two National Forests (Pisgah and Nantahala) in NC that could be used as a corridor for the Parkway, because North Carolina was regarded as more scenic and because Tennessee had already benefited from New Deal projects like the TVA.
Now, if you were to think about planning a road today, you would probably call an engineer first. That's not what happened with the Parkway - they called a Landscape Architect. There were actually quite a few architects and engineers involved, but the lead architect for most of the project was the young Stanley Abbott, a Cornell University graduate. Abbott was influenced by the likes of Frederick Law Olmstead, designer of Central Park in New York and the surroundings of the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC. He wanted to create a park-like environment that would blend in with the natural surroundings and showcase not only panoramic views of the mountains, but also agricultural settings, streams and forests, and as it turned out, local folkways.
Planning and landscape design for the Parkway began Dec. 26, 1933 and construction began in Sept. 1935. The Civilian Conservation Corp began work on several sections of the Parkway simultaneously, with sections being given priority where employment needs were greatest. Contractors were mandated to hire local people whenever possible. Four CCC camps were established at various points along the route to perform the work. The CCC camps were managed in military style with workers being housed in barracks, marched in formation and taking turns with kitchen duties. Almost all of the work on the Parkway, including the rigorous chore of tunnel digging, was done by hand and with very little machinery.
Work continued steadily until the start of WW II by which time approximately 2/3 of the Parkway was complete. In 1942, the CCC was closed out and work on the remaining sections of the Parkway was sporadic. The work was not completely finished until 1987 when the Linn Cove Viaduct was completed.
Construction of hard structures along the route did utilize modern materials like concrete for bridges, tunnels, dams, and various buildings. Stonemasons later finished the work with facings of local stone to blend the structures into their surroundings and give the illusion that the work was done in a more primitive fashion. The Linn Cove Viaduct section of the Parkway has been called the "most complicated segmental bridge ever built". The Viaduct was designed by computer and probably could not have been done earlier in the project as it required technology to be developed for its' design. It is an elaborate double-S curve elevated bridge that skirts the side of Grandfather Mountain at MP 304. The purpose of elevating the roadway rather than blasting it into the side of the mountain was to limit the impact on ecologically sensitive Grandfather Mountain, which is designated by UNESCO as an International Biosphere Reserve.






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