Makeup picture #1 (WordPress tells me I missed 4 days). Badlands in the fall. Still remains one of what I would call the most surprising destinations – it doesn’t have anything that specifically interests me, but it’s just a cool place to go hike around. Miniature mountains everywhere.
Picture taken with Panasonic TS4, lens @ 4.9mm (28mm eq.), 1/1250 sec, f/3.3, ISO 100
It was rumored that Cades Cove was the best place to go for sunrise, so we figured we’d best to that at least one morning. Cades Cove is 45 minutes to an hour from the entrance to the park (disregarding the campground next to the cove). There had been a storm the night before, and we did find one tree down along the way. Fortunately it didn’t block enough of the road and shoulder to prevent the Subaru from getting through. We got to Cades Cove before the gate opened, so as early as we could. I think we were car #3 in line.
I expected to be in search of a new view for sunrise and wildlife, but I think that was a misconception, at least with regards to the sunrise. Maybe thanks to the storm the night before, the entire area was blanketed in fog. This yielded a different kind of photography opportunity. It did limit the likelihood of seeing much wildlife as on our first pass around the loop, we couldn’t see more than 100 yards or so from the road. Continue reading →
It was supposed to rain on Saturday, so we didn’t really hurry to get up and going. Turns out, that forecast was wrong and we probably could have gotten an earlier start.
We had noticed that there was an NOC (Nantahala Outdoor Center) building on the border of the park just in Gatlinburg. I was unaware that NOC had physical stores – I thought they were an online only entity – but since it was there it got added to our list of things to do. We stopped in mainly just to browse, and because I wanted a less warm hat than the one I was forced to use the day before.
Day 2’s itinerary really only had two items on the list: wake up and go watch the sunrise and then hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail starting at Clingman’s Dome. We were able to get up early enough to do the sunrise thing in spite of the previous nights minimal sleep. I haven’t done a lot of sunrise photography, but I’m happy with the pictures I got. Continue reading →