Monday, November 14, 2011

Grizzled

Snowcapped Mount Mitchell and Late Autumn Color, Blue Ridge Parkway,
North Carolina  © Doug Hickok


The Blue Ridge Parkway twists and turns for 469 miles, stretching along the Appalachian Mountains from Virginia to North Carolina. Beautiful views from this scenic road are seen just about anywhere, but one of my favorite areas is near the high peaks of the Black Mountains. From here you have wonderful vistas of Mount Mitchell and its forested slopes. On our recent trip here, snow had fallen overnight on top of Mount Mitchell, revealing on the next day a grizzled looking mountain, worthy of its venerable age. The rocks of this tallest peak in the Eastern U.S. are estimated to be a billion years old! 

Well, shoot a bug! That's as old as my tattered pair of ancient hiking boots!

20 comments:

  1. What a contrast between the two hill sides ...

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  2. Sunny day, far-reaching views, mountain scenery, autumn colour, a little snow in the distance. We're lucky to be alive!

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  3. in big size on the wall, must be fantastic Doug.

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  4. Absolutely magnificent this image where the first ones snow on the summit cotoie the warm colors of the autumn. I really like very much. Great shot !

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  5. D, this is truly amazing!
    Isn't autumn simply gorgeous?

    Oh yes, do you have grizzly in NC?
    I saw 2 out of 1.3 billion there.

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  6. I like this moment, pending between autumn and winter, with only a dust of snow on the tress.

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  7. HAHAHA! Shoot a bug! That's a new one for me, Doug. I'll have to remember it. :) And what a gorgeous scene!

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  8. It's like layers of different colors and parts of a whole. Wonderful image.

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  9. fantastic fall colors and framing
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  10. Wonderful!! Love it.. no words!

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  11. wow, words fail me, doug, to say how much i like this view! it has everything that i like and appreciate about your way of looking at a place!! definitely the next best thing to being there myself ... ;-))

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  12. Breathtaking view!
    Thanks for sharing, this picture is perfect!
    Léia

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  13. Gorgeous - I can well understand it being one of your favourite views - especially with those rich autumnal colours...

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  14. I like this view, and the contrast between colors of the fall and white mountains. Really nice!
    Have a nice day.

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  15. A wonderful autumn shot. Love the contrast of bright colourful leaves and the hard background.

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  16. Oh how I miss views like this--lovely shot Doug. I can almost hear Sagan saying that these mountains are a beelyun years oold.

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