A COLLECTION OF IMAGES CAPTURED ALONG THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY
The Great Smokey Mountains rise high above the Tennessee / North Carolina border in the southeastern United States. A sub-range of the Appalachian Mountains, it consists of the tallest peaks East of the Mississippi. The 187,000 acre hard wood forest range is among the most diverse ecosystems in North America, and home to the densest black bear population in the Eastern United States. The name "Smokey" comes from thick natural fog that often drifts or hangs along the ridges and valleys, and appears as large smoke plumes from a distance.
Harsh weather and treacherous terrain make for challenging conditions for hikers, campers, and photographers. And though constantly changing weather patterns can be hard to predict, they only add to the mystique of the shoot.
Spectacular sunrises and sunsets can be enjoyed along the peaks as unimpeded views from east and west can be seen for miles. In lower elevations, brilliant shades of red, yellow, purple, orange, pink, magenta, blue and brown captivate as colors of autumn descend into the valleys below. A near constant supply of moisture from low hanging clouds and fog feeds streams and waterfalls year round.
These moments were captured from deep within the Blue Ridge Parkway. Unpredictable weather patterns and demanding terrain ensure that I seldom capture what is originally intended. But as with life, there are always moments to remember.