About Me

My name is Kristina Bleynat and I grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. I graduated with an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University in 2007. As long as I can remember I have always wanted to be a teacher. So now all I want to do is become a better teacher by getting my master’s in Reading Education.

I have lived in Boone for 5 years now, and I have become a mountain girl through and through. One of my favorite things to do is to spend time on the Parkway. I can spend hours driving along the parkway in the area but most of all I like to pull over at an overlook and hike for a while, letting my mind wander and clear my thoughts. I can usually be found with a camera over my shoulder so that I can take in all the views.

Photography has become a favorite hobby of mine. I took photography in high school and have enjoyed it ever since. I like the sound of the shutter, the weight of a camera in my hands and the fulfillment of viewing all of the pictures. My grandfather once told me to take 100 pictures when all you need is 4 or 5 just so that you know you have the best you can get. I have 4 different digital cameras and 2 cameras that take film. There is just something about a camera that takes film. It gives you the excitement of not knowing what the pictures will look like until they are developed. You also have to be on your game when you shoot with film, because there isn’t the ease of editing on the computer.

I also live for Appalachian Football season. I have been to every home game since my freshman year here, as well as a number of away games. We even went to Michigan for the game in 2007. We spent 24 hours in the car and only 28 hours in Michigan, but I wouldn’t trade a single minute of the entire trip. You can’t beat standing in a parking lot with all your best friends with 3 layers of clothes on, eating hot dogs in the crisp Autumn air. Then going into a stadium and standing shoulder to shoulder with all the other black and gold faithful. The sound of the Marching band, the smell of Woodlands BBQ, 85 football players running through a giant helmet and fans coming to their feet, screaming for a solid three hours. I will love Appalachian football for the rest of my life.


2 responses

8 09 2008

Thanks for sharing a little about you! I look forward to viewing more of your pictures. I love your grandfather’s sage advice about the number of pictures! Did you take the photograph of Fall on the Parkway? That view is stunning…where is it? 🙂

23 09 2008

Yes I did take the picture of Fall on the Parkway. I can’t remember the name of the stop on the parkway, but it is past the Viaduct and is the pull off after you cross over 221 at Grandfather Mountain. The sunset picture across the top of the page is taken the same day at the same place.

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