2013 Fall Escapade travel blog

Flowers are still in bloom

Sweeping around the curve

Looking out into the valley

The berries are ripe

Elephant ears

 

Fall colors

Lines of ridges

Another of the switchbacks

Sun rays through the clouds

More wildflowers

A nice ride on a sunny day

Giant clumps of red berries

The road is heading downhill

The sun is starting to get lower in the west

Sunset

The hills are colored

 

 

View from behind the Townsend Visitors Center

Old grave yard in Townsend


Monday was the first day of the workshop that I am attending. Sue is relaxing. Since Great Smokey Mountains National Park is still closed we had to come up with a Plan B so we (5 other photographers attending the workshop and I) jumped in our cars and drove to Tellico Plains about 2 hours away to drive the Cherohala Skyway. It twists and turns some 40+ miles through the Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests from Tellico Plains, TN to Santeetlah Gap, NC and climbs to over 5,300 ft at it highest point. It’s a favorite for motorcyclists. Even though it was in a National Forest, all of the scenic overlooks and hiking trails were open. There was nary a National Forest Service ranger to be seen. Our quest was for fall colors and we weren’t disappointed once we got above about 3,000 ft. If the weather cooperated we would also get to photograph the sunset from Big Junction overlook at about 5,200 ft. Things worked out well and we got to see a spectacular sunset with just enough clouds to make it interesting. After the sun set we headed back to Townsend to end a long but satisfying day. After downloading my pictures and doing an initial sort, it was too late and I was too tired to post anything last night. Today was mostly classroom work on how to process photographs to get the best image. Tonight I’ll post some of the better photos from yesterday and hopefully be able to show off some of what I learned.

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