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Morning Colors

Posted October 6, 2009

I was a little disappointed with the fall colors this past weekend.  John and Debbie Neel joined Cindy and me for a Nature Conservancy hike up Big Yellow Mountain in Avery County on across the Appalachian Trail down the Overmountain Victory Trail into Tennessee.  The colors seem to be about a week later than last year.  The weather was wonderful and the hike was invigorating but I really wanted to see more autumn hues than were available. That was Saturday.  The picture I have included here was from Sunday morning just before sunrise outside my cabin in Glade Valley.

I took this picture with my new Canon wide-angle lens recommended by WRAL photographer Jeff Reeves.  The sky more than made up for the lack of autumnal leaf activity.  You can make out Pilot Mountain in poking up in the distance.  

My father used to say that if you wanted to find God, go to the mountains and watch the sun rise.  Now I know what he meant by that. 


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  • donnaaa Oct 12, 2009

    I just cannot spell ... the loyalists. Bethabara!!!

  • donnaaa Oct 12, 2009

    oops... tory escapee.. you know, they loyalist prisoners marched back to Bathabara in 1780..

  • donnaaa Oct 12, 2009

    And on the Overmountain Victory Trail!!! Yay!! or or

    I know, but OVTA just introduced about 9,000 kids to walking on trails these last two weeks. In Elkin we had 260+ students and adults. They enjoyed walking it and interacting with the revolutionary war re-enactors. As the students surrounded a troy escapee and determined to offer him a parole to fight on our side, the trail was not necessarily quiet this past Friday.

    I was however, up at sunrise, popping up tents and posting signs. It was peaceful if not colorful. Sunrise is good everywhere in NC... :-)

  • bleslie Oct 6, 2009

    Make that "live" in a state. Sorry!

  • bleslie Oct 6, 2009

    It's great to leave in a state where we can enjoy fiery skies in both the mountains and the coast.

  • no more - no less Oct 6, 2009

    I'll take the beach sunrises and sunsets every time.

  • westoflyra Oct 6, 2009

    I'm a North Carolina native and have never been to the mountains. Tragic, I know! :-(

  • 2thebeach Oct 6, 2009

    I know you mountain folk think you have cornered the market on sunrises and sunsets, but we have some pretty good ones at the beach, too.

  • thinknc Oct 6, 2009

    We'll be making two trips to Boone next week. I'm hoping we'll see lots of color by then--and that we'll catch a couple of chilly sunrises. Your photo made me think of the hymn "How Great Thou Art."

  • Riverracer8 Oct 6, 2009

    Your father was right. A mountain sunrise is awe-inspiring every time.

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