Clouds along the Blue Ridge
Crisp blue sky days are common here in the mountains, but the most memorable views involve clouds and precipitation. Different times of the day can produce unusual combinations of light, color, and shadows. On September 22nd, while driving west approaching Hickory Nut Mountain, rain showers were falling across the ridges, but it was the position of the sun in relation to the clouds that created this magical scene.
On Friday evening, just at sunset, I stopped to appreciate the mountains around Lake Lure from an overlook about three miles northeast of the lake, and I was rewarded with the following vistas.
When the first cold front of the season was moving across the Blue Ridge Escarpment in the Fall of 2012, I was near the summit of Young’s Mountain at just the right time when the setting Sun created these eerie effects.