Sunset on Mt. LeConte

Sunset on Mt LeConte

I thought I’d share another photo from the sunset I watched from Cliff Top, near the LeConte Lodge in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This was taken a little before the last one I posted. The clouds and fog constantly moved in and out of the scene, it really was beautiful.

 
LeConte Cabin at Night

LeConte Cabin at Night

Almost the entire time that I was on Mt LeConte we were engulfed in a cloud/fog/mist/rain. By chance, my young daughter woke me around 4:30 because she had to go to the bathroom. I got up to take her to the bathrooms (they are separate from the cabins) and as soon as we stepped outside, we both looked up in awe. It was so crystal clear, and there were so many  stars visible. After I got her back in bed, I grabbed my camera and went back out. It only lasted for about 10-15 minutes after getting my camera, but I had enough time to take this photo of our cabin with the incredible night sky overhead. Soon the stars were gone and we were back in the fog, and all the “normal” people who were sleeping at 4:30am missed it…

 

How the cabin is lit: Directly behind me was the dining hall. There were already several people working there that morning with a couple of lanterns. The rest of the light is coming from Gatlinburg, far below but visible from the lodge.

 
The "Smokies"

The “Smokies”

Ever wonder why they call them the Great Smoky Mountains?   – Now you know ;)

 
Sunset from Cliff Top

Foggy Sunset from Cliff Top

Last week was my first time hiking to the LeConte Lodge in the Smoky Mountains. We hiked the Trillium Gap Trail up, 6.5 miles +- to the lodge. After arriving around 5 pm, we ate dinner at the lodges dining hall and then headed up a little further to Cliff Top for a great view of the sunset. The clouds were constantly rolling through the scene, with some moments having near zero visibility and when those clouds rolled out you had this amazing view.

 
Jordan Lake

Jordan Lake

Jordan Lake – taken near the Farrington Boat Ramp

 
Laurel Falls

Laurel Falls

I feel I’ve been in a bit of a photographic slump lately. I know that every outing can’t result in something amazing, but lately I’ve produced very little that I really like. It gets frustrating at times. So this past weekend, I decided to head out to a place that never disappoints, Roan Mountain, on the border of Tennessee and North Carolina. Well, it was not good… For two days I was completely socked in by rain, ugly cloud cover and/or heavy fog. So I decided to head down the mountain and hike out to a waterfall that I’ve hiked to years ago. I tried to take several photos along the Appalachian trail on the way to the waterfall, but with the humidity at 100%, my lens fogged up completely every time I removed it from my bag. Getting even more frustrated, I was ready to turn back and head home but my son convinced me to keep going to at least see the waterfall. Finally we made it, and I guess the clearing in the trees allowed some of the humidity  to escape and my lens to defog. I was able to get this photo of Laurel Falls. My son and I were the only ones there for about 30-40 minutes. We ate lunch on the rocks, and enjoyed listening to the sound of the rushing water. Although this may not be a “wall hanger”, I guess it turned out to be a pretty good morning. One my son and I will remember for quite some time.

 

 
Raleigh Panorama

Raleigh Skyline

This is the best view of the Raleigh, NC skyline that I’ve found so far. In order to get this comp, I had to merge 6 shots taken with a 100mm lens. It would have appeared much to far away if I had used the wide angle lens that I normally use. It would probably be the perfect location for about a 50mm, but I don’t have anything in that range so I have to make do with this 6 shot panorama.

 
Martha's Chapel

Martha’s Chapel – Apex, North Carolina

I was out riding around on NC back roads near Jordan Lake when I came across this beautiful little church as the sun was setting. Martha’s Chapel – near Apex, NC

 

Prints can be purchased through my online store, look in the North Carolina album HERE

 
Yates Mill

Yates Mill

 

Took a walk with the family the other day out at Yates Mill County Park. Pretty nice place!

 
The Washington Monument

The Washington Monument (and others)

This is the Washington Monument at sunrise, as seen from the Lincoln Memorial. There were very few people out that early in the morning, it was pretty nice :)

Behind me:

Lincoln Memorial

 

After shooting here, I headed on over to the Capitol Building to get a shot of it while it too was quiet. This is a 6 shot panorama:

Capitol Building

 

The day before, I took in a baseball game at Nationals Park on a perfect afternoon for baseball:

Nationals Park

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