The Road from Black Mountain
Heading southeast from Black Mountain on NC 9, you cross the Eastern Continental Divide at 3,000 feet. From there, the colors were at their peak all the way to Round Mountain north of Chimney Rock. The sun was setting, and the leaves took on an ethereal glow all through the woods.
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The road to Sundance Ridge on Round Mountain was ablaze with the best color I’ve seen this season. For those purists out there, these are the colors just as they appeared in my raw digital image. Being there, they seemed artificial in their brilliance.
Looking toward Stone Mountain, the woods were glowing, even as the sun disappeared.
From the gap between Round and Stone Mountains, the view toward the northeast featured Grandfather Mountain in the center, with the peaks of Linville Gorge to his right. Sometimes the light at dusk is more rewarding than full sunlight.