Mountain clouds… almost heaven?

Morning on the Blue Ridge Parkway, August Bob Grytten image
Morning on the Blue Ridge Parkway, August Bob Grytten image

Wednesday, the group and I were up on the Blue Ridge Parkway between Waynesville and Asheville, NC. Looking  for a repeat of the heavy cloud cover of the day before, we gain altitude as the car pool drives west about 8AM. Anticipating that distant mountain peaks might peek through dense clouds — we are not disappointed. But we are challenged.

Heaven on the Blue Ridge Bob Grytten Image
Heaven on the Blue Ridge
Bob Grytten Image

What I liked most about this image was the foreground mountains creating a feeling of depth. Also, the peak in the distance top right creates interest and provides a balance to the mass on the left.

However, moving in closer with a long lens we are able to create a feeling of walking right on the clouds… What a great morning!

We’re at 6200 feet elevation and passing Haywood Gap, ready for what the next corner brings.

Walking on Clouds, Blue Ridge Parkway Bob Grytten image
Walking on Clouds, Blue Ridge Parkway Bob Grytten image

But, in the mountains there’s always something more around the corner…

And after a brief dead end, here it is.

Lens Luggers Shoot Rock Wall on the Blue Ridge Parkway, NC  Bob Grytten Image
Lens Luggers shoot Rock Wall on the Blue Ridge Parkway, NC Bob Grytten Imagedead end stop, there it is.
Oops, Petrified Mountain Lizard? Bob Grytten Image
Oops, Petrified Mountain Lizard? Bob Grytten Image

Forms, lines, shapes, colors indicate what is to be taken by camera and lens. Something here, something there… and so it goes.

Fourty five minutes were spend and wind our way back down Rt 215  – the road of the snake

Blue Ridge Parkway
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Blue Ridge Parkway-27527.jpg

The parkway near Grandfather Mountain
Location North Carolina & Virginia, USA
Nearest city Asheville, NC & Roanoke, VA
Coordinates 36°31′07″N 80°56′09″W
Area 93,390 acres (377.9 km2)
Established June 30, 1936
Visitors 12,877,368 (in 2013)[1]
Governing body National Park Service

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway route map
Route information
Maintained by NPS
Length: 469 mi[2] (755 km)
Existed: June 30, 1936 – present
Major junctions
North end: US 250 in Rockfish Gap, VA
 
South end: US 441 in Swain County, NC
Highway system
National Parkway
National Scenic Byway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a National Parkway and All-American Road in the United States, noted for its scenic beauty. The parkway, which is America’s longest linear park,[3] runs for 469 miles (755 km) through twenty-nine Virginia and North Carolina counties, mostly along the Blue Ridge, a major mountain chain that is part of the Appalachian Mountains. Its southern terminus is on the boundary between Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Cherokee Indian Reservation in North Carolina, from which it travels north to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and offers access to the Skyline Drive. While the two roads join together end-to-end, they are separate and distinct entities, built as two different projects and managed by two different National Park Service units. The Blue Ridge Parkway was built to connect Shenandoah National Park to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The Parkway, while not a “National Park,” has been the most visited unit of the National Park System every year since 1946 except one (1949).[4] Land on either side of the road is owned and maintained by the National Park Service and, in many places, parkway land is bordered by United States Forest Service property. The Parkway will be depicted on North Carolina’s version of the America the Beautiful quarter in 2015.[5]

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