December 11th, 2018
It’s currently 25 degrees. There is currently 8” inches on the ground. Prepare for snow and icy conditions in the higher elevations.
24 hour temperature range: High 28 Low 12
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I watched as the sun slowly climbed over Pisgah National Forest. The beacon of golden light transformed this frozen mountain into a crystal palace. Coming to my senses, I stumbled with excitement to capture the Smoky Mountain masterpiece. Deep blues and vibrant purples smeared the snow encased ledge. A deep streak of orange burned across the horizon. Some combination of words escaped my mouth but I’m can’t recall quite what they were…I was at a loss.
Attempting to come straight back to the lodge, I couldn’t help but explore the untouched path up to Cliff Tops. Happy as a pig in mud, I eventually found my way back home...for now.
"Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise."
George Washington Carver
Gulf Coast Doug
12/11/2018 02:31:39 pm
What a photograph, Seth. There’s photography then there’s art. Your sense of capturing the moment (in words and pics) is really a gift. Thanks for sharing the magic...
12/11/2018 04:21:55 pm
I'm looking forward to a winter hike up in February!
12/11/2018 04:41:50 pm
What a beautiful view! Besides the Smokies, what other National Forests does this view include?
12/11/2018 11:27:37 pm
Love the bushes encased in ice, and the shadows on the snow. The glow on the horizon, and how the mountain valley in front is clear, but just behind it , as if the clouds were cream about to spill over- so much to enjoy thru your eyes. Thank you for sharing. Luv n prayers
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