Friday, 24 February 2017 19:29

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Even the winter, leafless environment of the Smokies High Country cannot deny the awesome beauty of a Luftee Overlook sunrise. During mid-February~early-March the sun comes over the mountain almost straight down the valley of Beech Flats Prong; and when there are atmospherics to accompany the light, magic is almost assured - unless, of course, there is complete overcast, but even then there is something beautiful. In a broken sky of moving clouds, the God-beams spread and move like horses on a carousel, or ballerinas on an endless stage. On Friday morning Bonnie and I were there, having seen a promising forecast the day before. At first we thought the overcast might be too dense, but we have learned patience from experience and so we waited. It was worth the wait. The heavens began to dance and our hearts soared. In this particular selection, a focal length of 180mm was the angle of view I wanted. Given the camera-to-subject distance, I knew that f/16 would provide depth-of-field, and with a shutter speed of 0.8 second (to slow the motion in the clouds) at ISO 100, I had an overall somewhat darker-than-medium exposure. The place where Thomas Divide breaks from the Smokies Crest is as awesome a location to create sunrise beauty as any I know. Next week I'll share another of the images created during our morning at Luftee.

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  • Comment Link Donald McGowan Wednesday, 01 March 2017 08:42 posted by Donald McGowan

    Good morning Everyone. Thank you all very much for joining me for this conversation. Wow, I'm pleased and honored that there are some folks who responded to this Image from whom I have not heard for a very long time. It's great to have you with us, as well as those of you who respond regularly. What a fun conversation to have!
    Hi Debbie. It's so good to have you join us. I hope all is well in Maggie Valley and in your travels. I don't think I have heard from you since we worked at getting you ready for your African adventure. How long has that been? I am so pleased that I could "make (your) morning" and I very much appreciate your kind words. I hope your own creative journey has been fun and fulfilling.
    Hi Nancy T. Your are one of those regular responders whose thoughts I value and appreciate; and whose shared stories of my Images I never cease to enjoy for their insights. "A bit of geometry" is exactly what I saw and felt as I created this composition, and the lines and colors you describe were the elements of that geometry. Thank you for seeing and sharing those observations with us.
    Hey Warren. Every time I think you have found the depth of your descriptive prowess, you amaze me by seeing deeper. I am honored that you turn that prowess in the direction of my images and I appreciate those words very, very much. And you are so correct in your expressions: man may be destructive of Nature and in his destructiveness may do great harm to the web and its intricate beauty; but in the end Nature always finds recovery and balance - with or without the presence of Man. If nothing else, the beauty we see, and which we have been given the privilege to to know and share, should serve to make us humble, as were those tough sailors and hardy mountain men you so well describe. How I fear the arrogance of the present.
    Hi Donald, it's always good to have you with us. That scientist' mind and artist soul you possess never cease to amaze me and fill me with delight. I appreciate your kind and thoughtful comments.
    Hey Linda. It is so good to have you join us. I would love to know where and how you are and find a moment to catch up on all of your adventures. I hope all has been well in your part of the forest. Thank you for that kind comment. I'm glad this Image resonated with you.
    This particular morning was one of those sunrises that had the potential to be absolutely wonderful, or to be an an absolute flop in terms of why you had gone to the location you chose and what you hoped to accomplish. Gratitude is the only appropriate response to the gift we were given. I'm interested in how you will feel this week with a different composition from the same time and place; and I am grateful that you joined me for this one.
    Walk in Beauty,

  • Comment Link Linda Greenup Sunday, 26 February 2017 11:30 posted by Linda Greenup


  • Comment Link Don Newsom Sunday, 26 February 2017 10:54 posted by Don Newsom

    I love the intersecting colors and diagonals. Also the instructive story about waiting it out. Thanks, Don.

  • Comment Link jwarrenberry Sunday, 26 February 2017 10:22 posted by jwarrenberry

    I can hear the quiet and feel the cold. Mornings such as the one in your photograph make me feel a special face of nature and its interface with man. The tough sailor of the seas, the hardy mountain man, and each of us can feel the cold bite of the wind as we squint to avoid turning away. All senses are on alert as we meld with the whole of Nature knowing we are already a small part. Things come into perspective when I see God-beams sneaking between the clouds and the mountains reaching upward toward them. Such scenes remind me that it is not man who has conquered nature, but nature that is strong through the ages.

    Your photograph is a bearer of those experiences. The Smokey Mountains seem so permanent to us in the instant of infinity where we live, but their gentle curves and lazy lines speak of an evolution of erosion from one form to a new and different way of being. We are dwarfed by their size in both space and time. It feels as though I am there.

    Your photograph speaks in the language of Nature. It is at once beautiful, haunting, and an invitation to join all that is and to be our part. Thanks for sharing. It is a grand way to begin todays.

  • Comment Link Nancy Tripp Sunday, 26 February 2017 10:10 posted by Nancy Tripp

    A beautiful example of how the use of lines can accentuate the mood of an image. The colors set the stormy mood. Then two sets of diagonal lines meet at the top that is pointing to the blue skies. A little bit of geometry on a Sunday morning with parallels and triangles. Thanks for sharing.

  • Comment Link Debbie Rotolante Sunday, 26 February 2017 09:00 posted by Debbie Rotolante

    You constantly amaze me with the way you capture the beauty of our country. Thanks for making my morning.

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