The {Serenity} Project – The Perfect Spot

I’ve taken many images of Beaver Lake the last few years.  It’s a beautiful spot that is near home and when time is short, but I need just a hint of serenity, I make my way there for sunrise.

There is a perfect spot for watching the sunrise on the lake that I migrate to.  It’s curve just in front of where they store the canoes and it affords a picturesque view of the distant mountains reflecting in the calm lake water.   At the right time of the year, like now, the sun rises oh so perfectly just behind those mountains.

Sadly though, this time I was shooting, the distant mountains and sky are not covered in their typical haze, but rather smoke from forest fires not yet under control because of the severe drought conditions here.  Though it’s hard to tell from these images exactly how much smoke there really is my native eye can tell the difference.

Pray for rain.

roberts-kathy-kathleen-asheville-nc-photographer-beaver-lake-sunrise-2Aperture: ƒ/5.6 | Focal length: 26mm | ISO: 1250 | Shutter speed: 1/50s |

roberts-kathy-kathleen-asheville-nc-photographer-beaver-lake-sunrise-3Aperture: ƒ/16 | Focal length: 24mm | ISO: 500 | Shutter speed: 1/10s |

I love how the colors change the further the sun rises.

roberts-kathy-kathleen-asheville-nc-photographer-beaver-lake-sunrise-1Aperture: ƒ/16 | Focal length: 45mm | ISO: 500 | Shutter speed: 1/125s |

The Serenity Project is collective blog consisting of members who strive for all things serene.  This month is no exception in finding serenity all around us in this world.  My talented friend Jennifer Carr is next in line.  Follow the circle around to see what she has to share this month.







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  • Wendy - Stunning images. Love the colours and the location is so serene. Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Susan Bahen - Wow, Kathy! Love the tones and softness of the haze. Just beautiful.ReplyCancel

    • Kathleen Roberts - Thank you Sue! A beautiful spot with many colors for sure.ReplyCancel

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  • Jennifer Carr - I love this little spot, Kathy! I’m so sad about the fires, though. Fingers crossed they end soon.ReplyCancel

    • Kathleen Roberts - Thanks Jenny! The fires really are sad. We need rain so badly.ReplyCancel

  • Nadeen - Your images are stunning, and your narrative is so moving. I can identify with the smoke, the fires, the need for rain.ReplyCancel

    • Kathleen Roberts - Thank you Nadeen. It’s normally not so dry here, but this year is really bad. Still praying for rain.ReplyCancel

  • Nina Mingioni - These are very peaceful and stunning, Kathy! I hope they get the forest fires under control soon.ReplyCancel

    • Kathleen Roberts - Thank you Nina. The fires in WNC are now under control, thank goodness. Now we pray for Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge TN.ReplyCancel

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