My wife and I headed out for some sunrise photography a couple of days ago, but as we rummaged around getting ready, we were almost too late for the sunrise – not quite, as you can see below, but almost.
Fortunately, it was a beautiful brisk morning and the fall colors were just about peak, so we spent some time photographing various scenery. I’m not a landscape photographer, but some of the reflections of the fall colors in a local pond made a few of the photographs worth posting here so I don’t lose track of them. Below are my favorites, generally south to north across the pond; click on the photo for a larger image.
The driveway to my daughter’s house goes through a lovely wooded area – beautiful year round, but especially in the fall when the leaves are at their peak. My wife and I were out photographing the sunrise this morning, and I was positioning the tripod-mounted camera for photographing their driveway when one of our grandsons came by on his way to his college classes. I just liked the sequence with the jeep. BTW, he did stop to chat.
Jeep and Fall Colors
My wife and I were trying to get back home on Friday, 10/5, for a grandson’s final football game of the season (6th grade), but we managed to carve out a few hours for a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway between Roanoke and Hillsville in Virginia. We were glad we did. The weather was wonderful, and the colors, while not yet to peak, were quite wonderful.
Tree in fall garb along the Blue Ridge Parkway
Raccoon Mountain is near Chattanooga Tennessee, and in the 1970’s TVA built a power storage system on the mountain – they pump water out of the Tennessee River during periods of low electricity usage, storing it in a reservoir at the top of the mountain, then use that water to turn turbines to generate electricity during period of high demand. But TVA has developed it, as with many of their properties, for some recreational uses, including hiking and mountain biking. But it’s also a really nice drive, with great view of the area. Much to my embarrasment, I’ve only been up on the top once or twice. Today was beautiful, and my wife and I spent a GREAT day driving, walking, and photographing the fall colors around Raccoon Mountain today. Here are a dozen photos.
First, a view from the reservoir dam looking across the gorge that many refer to as “The Grand Canyon of the Tennessee River.” As usual, click on the photo to go to Flickr where you can view a larger version.
Fall colors in the Grand Canyon of the Tennessee River
Cindy and I took a drive over to Franklin, Tennessee yesterday (Friday, Oct 26). We were going to Carnton Mansion, but Franklin was in the cold, wet front that was headed our way, so we decided to do Carnton on another trip. As we drove back east, things got warmer and brighter. Here are a couple of photos from that drive.
Methodist Church in Marion County, Tennessee
Pigeon Mountain – a major spur of Lookout Mountain – is a wonderful place, even outside the fabulous wildflower site called The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain. During hunting season – turkey in the spring, and deer in the fall – there are a few roads opened that are closed the rest of the year. These were opened in early September at the beginning of archery season (firearms deer season started today – Saturday, Oct 20, 2012.) I was fortunate enough to get down onto two of these – Estelle Mine Road and Owl Hollow over the past couple of days. Ostensibly the trip on Friday was to photograph an Agalinis species that I really wanted to be, as reported by others, Agilinis decemloba. I got the photo, and I think it’s likely Agalinis tenuifolia instead.
False Foxglove – Agilinis spp.
While I was disappointed not to fine retuse corolla lobes on the Agalinis, Friday at Pigeon Mountain, followed with a wonderful drive with my wife on Saturday morning up the Estelle Mine Road, was anything but disappointing. Check out a few of the photos I took on those two days…
My wife and I were going over to Waynesville, NC on Thursday to pick up a granddaughter who had been spending a few days with her best friend from Papua New Guinea. Being the fall color season, we wanted to take some time for some photographs in the mountains, so we left early, before 7 AM. It turned out that sunrise was just as we were getting to Lake Ocoee (also known as Parksville Lake), and the cool morning brought fog and mist with it. We also had time to take brief drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Here are a few of my favorite photos from the daytrip to Waynesville.
Sunrise over Lake Ocoee