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.
Dense Fog Over Blue Mountain Lake
The Adirondacks are full of wonderful sights, from large lakes to even larger mountains, and the sights can be even more lovely during the height of peak fall foliage. Unfortunately, Heather and I were unable to fully appreciate this overarching beauty of the Adirondacks during our rainy visit this past autumn, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we didn’t enjoy what we were able to see! This foggy view of Blue Mountain Lake with some vibrant foliage was taken from the Adirondack Museum (which was a pretty great place to spend a rainy afternoon!), and while it is certainly a more expansive view when there isn’t fog, I kind of like the feeling of not quite knowing what is beyond the tiny islands in the lake…
Crescent Moon and a Purple Fog Sunset
This past July, we enjoyed some great weather while camping out for a weekend up in New York state. The days were nice and warm, and the nights cooled off enough to make you not want to leave the warmth of the nightly bonfire. One evening, we were treated to a pretty sunset of oranges and purples that included a crescent moon. As the sun went down, a strong temperature inversion created a mass of heavy, damp air in the valley of our campground, allowing me to capture the photo above of the sky, moon, and fog behind a silhouetted tree in the foreground.
Mildly Smoky Mountains
The Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee/North Carolina are known for scenes like the one above, where blankets of fog and low-lying clouds crawl across the mountains. This smoky appearance occurs as humid air comes up from the Gulf of Mexico and then rapidly cools as the air reaches the higher elevations in the mountains. While I certainly enjoy blue-sky kinds of days, I still liked these mildly smoky days in Tennessee as well!
Morning Fog Burn Off
A couple mornings after Amy and Brian got married on a gorgeous September day last year, I took a rowboat out on Mountain Springs Lake to enjoy a bit of morning calmness. Unlike the morning of the wedding, when the skies were crystal clear and blue, a fairly dense blanket of fog covered the lake and surroundings on this morning. It looked pretty cool as the sun attempted to clear the fog away, and while the fog did eventually burn off, it took quite a while for the skies to clear.
Foggy Reflection on the Susquehanna
One fine morning in college, I decided to take a trip down to the nearby Susquehanna River to take photos for my photography class. I was a little surprised to get there and find some very thick fog, but the dense fog made for some pretty interesting exposures. In the photo above, extremely still water and some trees along a thin strip of land combined with the fog to produce symmetric reflections with nothing behind them.
This photo gives me an almost-eerie sensation…how about you?
Heather and the Smoky North Carolina Mountains
Located right along the border between Tennessee and North Carolina, Clingman’s Dome is the highest peak in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and it provides for some excellent views of all the surrounding mountains. This particular view is looking toward the North Carolina side of Clingmans’ Dome, and with Clingman’s Dome being about 6,643 feet above sea level, you can probably get the sense that we’re up pretty high!
Snowy Trek Up Montana Mountain
On the first full day of doing winter fieldwork in the summer for grad school, we went for a hike up the lower slopes of Montana Mountain in the Yukon Territory. We started on the shores of Lake Bennett/Nares Lake (that patch of white ice in the middle of the photo) on a snowy morning that left a nice dusting on the trees all around, although by mid-day, the sun was peaking out from behind the clouds a bit. There were just some amazing views everywhere we looked.
It was a tough first day trek, but luckily, we were able to relax a bit that night in the amazing sauna back at our cabin!
The Great Smoky Mountain Berry Picker
I’m really not quite sure how many berries this guy ate…but all along this trail (it’s a paved path that sort of goes straight up the mountain), this guy seemed to be stopping at every bush that had berries on it. At the top of the trail on Clingman’s Dome, he and his wife were off in a huge patch of bushes eating berries…maybe they missed breakfast??
It was certainly fun watching him enjoy his hiking snack, especially with heavy fog obstructing the great mountainous views!
Rocky, Foggy Maine Coast
With a bunch of jagged rocks of all different colors mixed with little bits of vegetation and pools of greenish algae-filled water, this bit of Maine coast was pretty cool set against a foggy ocean backdrop.
This bit of coast was located near Perkin’s Cove outside of Ogunquit, Maine.
Rain in the Smokies
As April turns into May tomorrow, the March and April showers will surely bring out many more flowers (and mosquitoes…). While the photo above was not taken in the spring, it does show one of the more rainy and dreary days that Heather and I encountered down in Tennessee/North Carolina in the Smokies. After spending the morning in Cataloochee Valley looking for elk, we drove along the Blue Ridge Parkway on the southern edge of the park before arriving at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. The rain couldn’t stop us from checking out the cool Mountain Farm Museum that had a lot of old barns and other structures set up like a typical old farm.
Fortunately, with all the rain we had received during the week, our stop the following day at the Place of 1,000 Drips really lived up to its name!
Clingman’s Dome Fog
Although the fog at the top of Clingman’s Dome prevented us from being able to see some spectacular views from the 6,643-foot-high summit of the highest peak in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (and highest peak of the Appalachian Trail), it did look pretty neat within the spruce-fir forest up there. In addition, a bunch of ‘skeleton’ trees throughout the forest added to the foggy scenery. These trees have been killed by the invasive insects called Balsam wooly adelgids, and it is actually a huge problem throughout the park.
Barn in the Foggy Smokies
Nestled in the fairly remote Cataloochee Valley of North Carolina, this area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is pretty cool. It’s best known for being the place to see elk roaming around in the park, but we unfortunately missed them on the foggy and rainy day we visited the valley. We still had a great time checking out the turn-of-the-century buildings, and this barn was a pretty cool structure across the way from a farmhouse.