Viewpoints: My {Craggy Gardens} View

It’s time for our monthly Viewpoints blog circle.  I’m excited to see the places we will be visiting this month!

So… the title of this post is my Craggy Gardens view.  Well, once you get there and you are lucky enough to actually SEE a view then you are pretty lucky.  Craggy Gardens is a popular spot on the Blue Ridge Parkway and is the closest to where I live so I visit there often.  It’s far enough away so I can escape city life’s sites and sounds but close enough that I can get there within 30 minutes and return home fairly quickly.

On the way there you feel a twinge of excitement because you might see scenes like this:

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45mm | f/5.6 | 1/250 | ISO 100

Or this:

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24mm | f/11 | 1/60 | ISO 100

But then you get there, and take a 15 minute walk to the top of the pinnacle and there’s a good chance of this:

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24mm | f/9 | 1/320 | ISO 320

Ugh!  Fog…   While it can make pretty pictures like this ( can you see the gorilla in the mist? ):

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24mm | f/8 | 1/320 | ISO 320

it can be annoying when you have your heart set on something else.   Like this:

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50mm | f/11 | 1/60 | ISO 200

which I was thrilled to capture one night.   But then a few minutes later,  this:

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57mm | f/2.8 | 0.6 sec | ISO 200

I suppose it just makes sense though.  After all, this place is only about 9 miles from Mount Mitchell which happens to be the highest peak east of the Mississippi.  When you are up that high there’s bound to be clouds.

But still…

Thanks for climbing the mountain with me.   Now follow the circle to Jana O’Flaherty at Photography 2204 to see where she takes you this month.


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