Viewpoints – My {Two Trees} View

I’d seen an image of these two trees on the Blue Ridge Parkway about a year ago.  It was a beautiful winter scene and I reached out to the photographer to let him know how much I liked the shot.  I was curious where it was taken, because #1 – I’d never seen them and #2 – I was curious how he managed to get on the parkway in the snow since they close the roads during bad weather days.

He told me these two trees were located in Blowing Rock, NC and there was an access road that bordered the parkway so he could walk up the parkway from this road.  Hmmm, well,  seeing that Blowing Rock was about a 2 hour drive from me I wasn’t sure exactly when I’d make it up there to see them for myself so I just kept the information in the back of my mind.

Fast forward to last week when I found myself driving to Boone, NC for an errand.  Boone and Blowing Rock are about 8 miles apart and the location of these trees was about 10 minutes from where I was in Boone.  (For anyone looking for them, they are at MM 290.5 at the intersection of Green Hill Road and the Blue Ridge Parkway).

I arrived at the trees at about 12:30 pm.  Not the ideal time of day to take photos.  I was hoping the sun would at least be at my back, but no, it was directly behind the trees in the upper right.  I had to work with it.  I didn’t know when I’d be back.

There’s really only one direction to shoot these trees so you can see how they lean into each other and how their limbs resemble a puzzle piece along the side of the trees where they meet.  It’s really a beautiful sight if you can capture it just right.

I wish I had been there at a different time of day and could have had more time to get just the right angle.  The very best angle was in the middle of the road and though the traffic was light, it still wasn’t very safe to be in the middle of the road trying to get the shot.

So this is what I ended up with…

I really hope I can go back one day and do it right.

Aperture: ƒ/8 | Focal length: 27mm | ISO: 100 | Shutter speed: 1/200s |

Aperture: ƒ/22 | Focal length: 39mm | ISO: 640 | Shutter speed: 1/250s |

Aperture: ƒ/22 | Focal length: 39mm | ISO: 640 | Shutter speed: 1/250s |

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 Nadeen Flynn is next in line.  Follow the circle around to see her view this month.




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  • Nadeen - Oh. my. word! What a unique pair! You captured them so well despite the sun angle. wonderful work, my friend.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Carr - Those trees are perfect! I’m so glad you reached out to him to find them! And you did such a wonderful job working with the sun!ReplyCancel

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