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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Camera Clinic

Grandfather Mountain NC has been having this clinic since 1952.   Each year there is a speaker and a chance to meet other photographers and exchange ideas.  This is a great event.  This year was rather exciting because I got to see people I have not seen in 18 years.  I cant believe its been that long.  These are some of the ones from the Hickory Camera Club from years ago.  Hey guys it was great to see you.

I also got to meet some new friends, share location spots and talk camera's and lenses.  Learned from writers their secrets.  And if I told you it wouldn't be a secret.  

I am looking forward for that really nice guy with the great sunrise shot that I didn't get to take me across that scary swinging bridge and help me get it next year.  He promised to hold my hand since I am afraid of heights.  I am already marking my calendar.

This event is always the third weekend in August.  You are allowed to camp on the mountain during the event.  Please don't leave food out or take any into your tents.  Again there was a bear in camp every night.  You could hear him banging around in peoples stuff and trying to get into the garbage cans.  So be prepared for an adventure.   This year there were twin fawns.  While there is a mini zoo up on the mountain be aware that there are plenty of wild animals there as well. 

To get there find Linville NC on a map and plan your starting point.  Usually from somewhere on I 40.  Grandfather Mountain is of Hwy 221 also called the Blowing Rock Hwy.   There is little to no cell service so just leave that at home or turn it off.  There is a restaurant on the mountain so bringing food is not necessary.°N, 81.8319°W 

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Morton Overlook

This time of year the sun sets right in the valley giving the layers of hills a glow all their own.  This only happens for a few weeks so don't miss out.    There is construction going on on the TN side so plan your travel time.  The over look itself is full of construction equipment so travel to the next one up the mountain or from the NC side its the first one down.  The view is not as good from here however there is still a view and plenty of parking.

I am however disappointed at the ever growing number of dying trees.  The wooly is taking its' toll on these mountains.  It has changed so much in the last 10 years.  I hope that we can recover.  I know that some areas of the GSMNP have been treated. 

To get there take hwy 441 to the NC TN line.  Its just a short distance on the TN side.  There are restroom at the top of the mountain and also at Clingmans dome.  Elevation is about 4800 feet.

35.6148°N, 83.4253°W

Fall Color Coming soon

Time is flying by and fall will be with us soon.  Looks like it might be a late season this year.  Spring got off on a slow start and we jumped right into a hot summer.  Nights are starting to cool off a bit which is great for the trees.  We have had some good rain this year so I expect we will have a fantastic fall.

  Things start at the top and work their way down.  I expect mountain tops will begin to change around the second week of Oct. This would be our higher peaks, Grandfather, Mt Pisgah, ect.    Then we can look for things at around 4000 feet around the third week and the 4th week lets check out Asheville, Brevard, Highlands.  Moving on down the mountains we can figure the valley's around Cades will be the end of the month to the first week of Nov.   Things were similar to this last year.