Smoky Mountains 2015 – Day 2

Sunrise

Smoky Mountains Day 2 itinerary:

  • Stupid early – drive to Clingman’s Dome
  • Nap in Clingman’s Dome parking lot
  • 9:00 – Hiked to Clingman’s Dome
  • Continue down the Appalachian Trail
  • Fail to find Siler’s Bald
  • 4:30 – return to Clingman’s Dome lot
  • Returned to hotel

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

Ice Curls

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 out of holes in soil that contains a lot of clay.

Picture taken with Sony a6000, SEL 18-200mm @ 81mm, 1/160 sec, f/8, ISO 100

Sunrise

Sunrise

Not sure it’s completely fair to call this a sunrise, but it was taken at the same time and place as yesterday’s sunrise photo, but with the camera pointed in the opposite direction.  I had an idea of how this was supposed to turn out, and this is close, but not quite there.  Maybe we arrived just a bit too late for the really intense blue color to be prevalent, maybe I just don’t know quite enough about post-processing to really bring it out.

Picture taken with Canon 60D, EF-S 17-85mm lens @ 22mm, 1/8 sec, f/16, ISO 100

Sunrise

Sunrise

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 @ 92mm, 1/250 sec, f8, ISO 100