Viewpoints – My {Devil’s Courthouse} View

A few weeks ago, my good friend Margie and I headed up to Devil’s Courthouse on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  I’ve been to many places in and around this area but I don’t specifically remember stopping here.  I googled why this place was called Devil’s Courthouse and this is what I found:

“Devil’s Courthouse may have received its name because of the sinister aspect of the rock formation, or because, as legend holds, the devil held court in the cave that lies beneath the rock. In Cherokee lore, this cave is the private dancing chamber and dwelling place of the slant-eyed giant, Judaculla.”

From the parking lot you can see this ‘sinister’ rock formation.  I’m not sure I see anything sinister,  do you?

Roberts-Kathy-Kathleen-Asheville-NC-Photographer-Blue-Ridge-Parkway-Devils-Courthouse-1Aperture: ƒ/5 | Focal length: 42mm | ISO: 100 | Shutter speed: 1/25s |

Roberts-Kathy-Kathleen-Asheville-NC-Photographer-Blue-Ridge-Parkway-Devils-Courthouse-3Aperture: ƒ/8 | Focal length: 24mm | ISO: 100 | Shutter speed: 1/30s |

We hiked the short but steep half mile trail to the top of the summit, only stopping once to let a few younger hikers pass us by.  Otherwise, they just passed us even though we weren’t stopped.  🙂

Once we reached the top and caught our breath, what a view we had!

Roberts-Kathy-Kathleen-Asheville-NC-Photographer-Blue-Ridge-Parkway-Devils-Courthouse-7Aperture: ƒ/8 | Focal length: 24mm | ISO: 125 | Shutter speed: 1/400s |

Roberts-Kathy-Kathleen-Asheville-NC-Photographer-Blue-Ridge-Parkway-Devils-Courthouse-8Aperture: ƒ/8 | Focal length: 24mm | ISO: 125 | Shutter speed: 1/60s |

Roberts-Kathy-Kathleen-Asheville-NC-Photographer-Blue-Ridge-Parkway-Devils-Courthouse-5Aperture: ƒ/8 | Focal length: 24mm | ISO: 400 | Shutter speed: 1/250s |

Roberts-Kathy-Kathleen-Asheville-NC-Photographer-Blue-Ridge-Parkway-Devils-Courthouse-4Aperture: ƒ/8 | Focal length: 24mm | ISO: 125 | Shutter speed: 1/80s |

The view from the back side of the summit was incredible too.

Roberts-Kathy-Kathleen-Asheville-NC-Photographer-Blue-Ridge-Parkway-Devils-Courthouse-6Aperture: ƒ/8 | Focal length: 70mm | ISO: 400 | Shutter speed: 1/640s |

Such a wonderful way to spend a few hours!

Viewpoints is collective blog consisting of members who love landscape photography. This month is no exception to the beauty that surrounds us in this world. My very talented friend Jennifer Carr is next in line. Follow the circle around to see her view this month.

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