Hemphill Road in the Northwest Rutherford Mountains
Named for one of the original pioneer settlers, Hemphill Road connects Pinnacle Mountain and Pinnacle Peak, above, with Cove Creek two miles to the southwest. Half a mile north is McDowell County. Just twenty minutes after the above image was made, the image below was taken. Fast moving clouds can change the sky and shadows almost instantly. Don’t forget to click on any photo to see the full screen version, and once you’re there, click on the image again to make it even larger.
Doing an about face from this same spot, the mountains surrounding the northern end of iconic Lake Lure are shimmering in the late afternoon September sun.
Young’s Mountain on the left, and Mount Shumont on the right couldn’t be more dramatic as a storm moves in from the southwest.
Autumn is already having her way with some of the trees. The three photographs above were made within a few minutes of one another. The clouds parted just long enough to paint the trees and ridges in bright sunbeams.