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Appalachia Through My Eyes – The Prettiest Place for a Ball Field

Macon County NC

Have you ever seen a prettier place for a ball field? I imagine it’d be hard to keep your mind on the game with the stunning mountains crowding in around as if they were part of the team too.


Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.


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    September 17, 2015 at 8:04 am

    Henry-the field is in the Nantahala area. Just above the Apple Tree Campground : )
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    Rev. Rose Marie "RB" Redmond
    September 17, 2015 at 1:08 am

    Beautiful! Went to Morrow Mountain, NC last Sunday. It was a gorgeous day for a short road trip and the mountain was gorgeous. Way up there, it looked like you could reach up and snatch a cloud from the sky. We were hoping for some Fall leaves, but it’s still too early. But it’s a good excuse to take another drive up in another month. LOL
    God bless.

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    Ed Ammons
    September 17, 2015 at 12:13 am

    How do you manage to have a camera when a photograph like that presents itself? I see things like that too but by the time I can get to my camera, it’s gone. The mountains will always be there but the sunlight, shadow and cloud patterns will never ever be the same.
    I can’t see what the buildings are but were they a primitive farmstead and were the fence gone, you would have a million picture there. As is it is only $900,000.
    I can’t really see it as a ball field. I see it as the part of Appalachia I know and love! Thanks for capturing it for me!

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    George Pettie
    September 16, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Yes, echo Ed Ammons, and Ken’s poetic take on the lovely mountain backdrop, the constant inspiration behind all those strike-outs, foul balls, fly balls, bunts, base hits, line drives, doubles, triples and home runs-there’s nothing like it in the world.

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    Pamela Danner
    September 16, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!

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    Bill Burnett
    September 16, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Pretty spot, almost as pretty as the view from the Home Side of the Swain High Memorial Stadium just across the hill from my house. When the new High School was built there was no money allowed for a new stadium so games were played at the old stadium for a couple of years until members of the community raised the money to build the new stadium which nestles in the hills a couple of ridges over from the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. We have received many compliments from fans visiting with teams from Tn, Ky, and all over NC.

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    September 16, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    I agree that it is a beautiful place. I would have a difficult time watching a game here, especially at sunset.

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    Eleanor L. Ohio
    September 16, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    OH MY GOODNESS! How beautiful that is!
    Eleanor L., Ohio

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    b. Ruth
    September 16, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    After looking at the picture of the ball field again, I have decided that it is the whole picture that is beautiful and not just the ball field! The eye just rises and naturally falls like a ball hit to the center of the V-valleys in the mountains. As the eye falls downward it catches the beautiful blue sky and softly lands on the gorgeous darker clouds and then drifts slowly off into the brighter light taking you into the distance….
    Your picture deserves a painting to try and capture Gods wonderful works…great picture!
    Thanks Tipper,
    PS…After mentioning this ball field, etc. The better half said, that it wasn’t a holler in Tennessee but just over the line into the holler of Kentucky. He said, “Don’t you remember one coach warning us not to get into any altercations, with the opposing hometown players
    or their umpires neither. All these folks love their team, umpires included and they all pack guns! Soo, just do your best to beat’um by at least 5 runs and we can go home safe!” ha
    Maybe that is why that fog I remember seemed so creepy. I am purty shore we were winning the game and they were used to playing night games in the foggy, foggy dew! Oooooh, skeery!

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    Ed Ammons
    September 16, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    That is a beautiful backdrop for a ball field. I can imagine a stream flowing through that gap. I cannot discern which way the stream goes but I get a feeling there two creeks that join just beyond those trees behind left field, then flow down through the gap.
    That field has to have been at least partially man-made. There are no natural places that size and that flat in Macon County that I know of. The mountains though seem to be pristine. Just like the Indians saw them centuries ago as they played lacrosse.
    There was a ball field at Needmore many decades ago when my parents were young. It was on an island in the Little Tennessee River. It was flat with sandy soil that was devoid of rocks.
    The ball field is gone now but the island is still there with the same views up and down the river and the mountains on either side.

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    September 16, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Coming from Wisconsin to visit your beautiful mountains for the first time. Always wanted to see the Smokies in their fall colors. Hoping to see Chitter and Chatter….and all of the gang at the John Campbell School Fall Festival. I look forward to seeing many vistas similar to one above.

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    September 16, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    That’s a beautiful field. Most of
    our sport’s places in the Southeast
    are like that. But some are Special
    when we got friends and relatives
    playing and caring for them. I’m
    partial to our Mountains and the
    scenery they provide during Football season and Fall…Ken

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    September 16, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Wow! I would love to see the fall colors too, spectacular for sure!

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    b. Ruth
    September 16, 2015 at 9:34 am

    That is certainly a beautiful ball park.
    I have visited many ball parks through the years. One park so high on a plateau that you feel like you could touch the sky…and if a ball should go over the fence, it might fall off the edge of the field. Another one was so far back in the E.TN mountains and deep in a holler that the late game was nearly called off. For the fog that rolled down and deep onto the field had near blocked out the lights trying to shine on the field. It was actually quite beautiful, amazing and a bit creepy that Fall night…
    Next time we are in Macon, NC, we will search out this beautiful field.
    Thanks Tipper,
    PS…My husband played in the National Softball Tournament in New York years back. They played on the most meticulous and manicured ball fields I have ever seen. The fields were so level, swept and marked that hardly a speck of rock/dirt seemed out of place. The lime-marked boundary lines were straight as a arrow, and the bases were clean and always looked unused! When a few of us asked if all this care was for the tournament, we were told no, that they kept them that way always. There were many employee’s constantly sweeping, picking up any and everything that might fall including wind blown leaves. Plenty of waste cans were constantly being emptied, etc. no chance to fill one up…ha
    Back then a lot of people smoked. IF, cigarette butts landed on the ground/pavement they soon were swept up before they had a chance to get cold!
    There seemed to be no littering to amount to anything, people cared too for their ball parks…

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    Gina S
    September 16, 2015 at 8:54 am

    We are blessed by living in Western North Carolina.

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    Carol Isler
    September 16, 2015 at 7:59 am

    We played travel softball for years. My favorite fields were the ones in the mountains. Ken can reminisce about which girl made what play when he talks about the games, and I say, oh, was that the one with the gorgeous mountain sunset over left field?

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    Miss Cindy
    September 16, 2015 at 7:53 am

    Your right! I’ve never seen a prettier place for a ball field.

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    Henry Horton
    September 16, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Good morning, Tipper. Where exactly is this? Thanks.

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    September 16, 2015 at 6:17 am

    Yep, and just wait for the Fall Colors.. No other place I’d rather be..

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