A Bit of Maine Fog
Heather loves Maine, even on a chilly, foggy day in May.
Cataloochee Valley, Where the Elk Roam (Sometimes…)
Elk were once found all over the southern Appalachian Mountains, but it is believed the last elk in North Carolina were killed off in the late 1700s. Beginning in 2001, Great Smoky Mountains National Park started a reintroduction program with 25 elk, and as of this past summer, about 140 elk make up the herd in and around the park. Cataloochee Valley is one of the most common areas for park visitors to spot some elk, but we weren’t that lucky on this particular day. Even so, we enjoyed some time in this isolated part of the park.
Interestingly, it is illegal to willfully approach within 150 feet of an elk in the park…but with adult males reaching upwards of 700 pounds, I don’t think I have a desire to approach an elk out in the wild…
Trying to Break Through the Fog
This past week, I’ve enjoyed a handful of foggy morning runs that resembled the scene in the photo above. The fog was pretty thick this particular morning at Mountain Springs Lake in Pennsylvania, but as the sun rose higher in the sky, patches of blue sky began to appear, and the warm glow of morning gradually gave way to a beautiful blue sky day.
Thick Tennessee Fog
I’m pretty sure I’ve had more than a couple similar photos on here before, but the foggy Smokies in Tennessee still look pretty cool on a less-than-clear day. This view was outside our cabin in the woods one afternoon after a day of on and off rain, and watching the low fog crawl over the nearby hills had a fairly calming effect.
Rapid Catch-Up #6 – Backyard Fog
Rapid Catch-Up #1 – Foggy Morning at the House
North Carolina Mountains from Clingman’s Dome
On our visit to the highest point in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, we did not have the best weather for enjoying far-reaching views of the surrounding mountain landscape. But then again, the Smokies have their name for a reason! Even with the low cloud cover, the vistas from near Clingman’s Dome in the center of the park were fantastic. This particular view is looking at the North Carolina side of the park, with Clingman’s Dome and the Tennessee side of the park directly behind.