January 4, 2018
It’s currently -4 degrees with gusting flurries. With these gusts, the wind chill temperature is closer to -20 degrees and below. Yesterday’s high was 16 degrees, with an overnight low of -4. We currently have 2” inches of snow on the ground.
I quickly hiked up the most direct route to the Cliff Top. Sunset wouldn’t be waiting on me. At the top, I walked along the exposed rock. I composed the scene. My camera made an all too familiar sound. A moment in time had been captured. Looking at the scene again, I consciously changed my perspective. What if I were a fox? How would I view this sunset? I gently nestled into the forest. I didn’t leave a trace…didn’t make a noise. I was a fox…
…a fox watching sunset.
“Wonderful how completely everything in wild nature fits into us, as if truly part and parent of us. The sun shines not on us, but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us, thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing.” - John Muir
1/4/2018 09:35:50 am
nice .. stay warm.
1/4/2018 01:32:47 pm
Seth, You are blessed to be witnessing the peaceful beauty of The Smoky's; and we are all blessed because you are sharing the beauty with all of us. Clever Fox ! ;) Thank You !
1/4/2018 01:43:52 pm
What a beautiful sight. No place on earth like LeConte.
1/4/2018 01:53:47 pm
Seth ... what a blessing for you to show us who may never be able to see such awesome beauty in our Great Smokey Mountains ... Bless you
Mary Anna Pirozzoli
1/4/2018 04:37:07 pm
I could not see the fox,but knew he was there! I was fortunate to hike to a totally frozen waterfall in Washington Co. yesterday . A masterpiece in still animation!
1/4/2018 04:47:37 pm
I don't know about anyone else, but I believe Seth is the best winter blogger yet to stay atop LeConte! Thanks for your creativeness, and for the deep perspective that you bring to those of us who are valley-bound! Dan
1/4/2018 06:02:03 pm
Narnia returns- beautiful!
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