Ice Curls

I’ve seen these a place or two before, these tiny ice curls that happen at when the temperatures are just right.  This exact sighting was long the Appalachian Trail just west of Clingman’s Dome. According to the internet, they’re formed when groundwater near the surface freezes and forces its way… Continue reading


Woke up early and drove up to Clingman’s Dome to take pictures of the sunrise.  This is my current favorite, it seems to accomplish the goal of showing the layers of mountains with a pretty cool glow from the sun in the fog. Picture taken with Sony a6000, SEL 18-200mm… Continue reading


This was the first salamander lizard we saw on the trip.  Apparently there are something like 30 types of salamander in the Smoky Mountains. Camera didn’t like trying to focus on the face in this one, so it breaks the one rule of animal photography and doesn’t have the eye… Continue reading