Saturday, February 5, 2011

A Tree Grows in Pisgah

Mountain Ash, Mt Pisgah, Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina  © Doug Hickok

Against all odds, despite the harshness of high altitude elements... driving rains, icy storms, gale force winds... a solitary Mountain Ash grows on a ridge near Mt. Pisgah, along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Rooted tenaciously, standing strong, the tree withstands a sudden autumn snow squall, its twisted, stunted form enveloped in the dimming light. In a sense, this hardy soul embodies the spirit of the mountains... in spite of relentless hardships, it endures.


  1. A hardy tree - with all the sculptural elements that makes it a great subject - and nicely interpreted.

  2. Like its name - it's very ashy, indeed! ;)
    Dreamy, soft tones.
    Lovely shot.

  3. Really enjoyable post--great food for thought and a beautiful depiction of endurance Doug!

  4. I wonder how long it has stood there. Excellent composition, as usual.

  5. awesome close up, interesting photo

  6. I love the blue tones and the low contrast, great atmosphere.


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