Like a war zone in the Mountains – North Carolina

Trees in Sunset - Blue Ridge Parkway, Bob Grytten image
Trees in Sunset – Blue Ridge Parkway, Bob Grytten image

If this would have been a war zone, I would be saying all hell was breaking loose…
But here in the Mountains of North Carolina, on the Blue Ridge Parkway nature was putting on a show of shows – at least in my experience.

First the billowy clouds began to darken, then slide between ridges along the peaks of

Clouds begin - Blue Ridge Parkway, Bob Grytten image
Clouds begin – Blue Ridge Parkway, Bob Grytten image

mountains reaching up to 6,000 ft into the sky. As we rounded the bend the sun began to peak through, as parts of the soft cotton like cloud mass dipped and rose. Something was happening.

I’m out of the car now, tripod extended with camera and lens ready. My heart is pounding. When shooting for editors I recall from prior training to shoot long, medium and close. Editors like the choice. And I now find that rule serves me well for future articles.

Red Cloud Sunset BRP, Bob Grytten image
Red Cloud Sunset BRP, Bob Grytten image

Now the color is really beginning to heat up. First the warm of the sun, and now pinks and darker ambers amongst the grays. Reflections off fading autumn foliage breaks into the ridges. Contrasts make for great feeling of depth – almost 3D.

Back in the car and around the bend the scene changes.  First sighting of trees  - BRP ©                                                              Then I spot it, a bright fire like sky just over the ridge breaking through barren gnarled trees. Oh, my!

I slam on the breaks and out. My first shot is long…

 

Trees on Ridge - BRP Bob Grytten image
Trees on Ridge – BRP,  Bob Grytten image

then adjusting the 18-200mm lens catching only part of the ridge. I like that. Closer and the scene bursts of more color – the light changing by the moment. Brilliant, almost fire like. I adjust the camera for some HDR compositions. With so much contrast it’s a way to even out the latitude of shades.

Then all of a sudden it’s gone. I’m spent and slowly repack. Still smiling, I wind my way back down the parkway

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