Perhaps some of you far-away readers can't imagine how we have a pleasant view of the blue ridges from a basement apartment. (Google Earth just doesn't cut it.)
Here's what the front of the apartment looks like (it's at the back of the landlord's house). Kitchen window on left, living room window on right:
These are views from just outside the door. Although at the time of photography the mountains were plainly visible just beyond the rooftops/treetops, somehow they don't show up in the picture. It must have been the light at that time of day. I intended to do a more convincing retake, but wouldn't you know, this morning everything was cloaked in fog. Oh, well. You'll have to come see for yourself.