It’s currently 31 degrees up top. Yesterday’s high was 23 degrees with a low of 4 degrees. There is currently 6” of snow on the ground.
US Hwy 441/ Newfound Gap Rd from Gatlinburg TN to Cherokee NC is temporarily closed due to snow and ice.
I miss spoke yesterday. Cherokee Orchard Road with access to the Rainbow Falls Trailhead is also closed due to snow and ice. The road was open up to the Twin Creeks gate. Follow the link below for updates on road closures.
I felt energized when I hopped out of bed. I’d only gotten 5 hours of sleep. Yesterday’s photogenic atmosphere had me tromping around the mountain, all day. Fresh snow, a full moon, and clear skies were too good to pass up. I got dressed and made for the kitchen. Before I made it, a dilemma presented itself. Would I chase sunrise or shoot for the moon? I had to pick one. Which side of the mountain would I pursue?
Following the footsteps from yesterday’s run, I hiked west - away from sunrise. I was shooting for the moon. I moved quickly, knowing my window would be close. The lunar spotlight slowly drifted toward the horizon. I plowed down the trail, lantern in hand. I briefly caught a glimpse through the trees. The moon was shy - it was starting to hide behind the clouds. I shifted my plans, and attempted to get a better vantage. Time was running, out. Worried but not too worried, I continued. Yesterday’s incredible photo adventure would serve satisfactory if I missed this opportunity. An explosion of color came thundering out of the east. Would I miss both shows amidst the commute!? I scrambled for a view…
…the moon was sneaking away.
P.S - Thanks to all of you that have been sending me letters and snacks! I will be writing you a thank-you letter soon.
P.S.S - On Friday, I’ll be sharing my favorite night photo so far this winter. Stay tuned!
“It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off. You cannot make progress without making decisions.” —Jim Rohn
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