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Early morning view of mountain ridges and valleys from the Appalachian Trail near Carver’s Gap and Roan Mountain on the North Carolina/Tennessee border.
In mid to late June, this area is covered with pink and purple rhododendron and flame (orange) azaleas in bloom.
Nikon D50 18-55 kit lens. CP filter
Photomatix HDR -3 exposures


appalachian trail, blue, blue ridge, hike, mountain, nature, north carolina, rhododendron, scenery


  • AngelPhotozzz
    AngelPhotozzzabout 5 years ago

    Soo beautiful.. good to see you again!

  • Thanks Angelphotozzz! Even though I have gone out to take photos for several weeks, I have been ending up with “flunky” photos that I just ended up deleting. I was pleased with this one though.

    – Jane Best

  • FelicityB
    FelicityBabout 5 years ago

    Hi Jane, I envy you your countryside, this really is a splendid view, and the sky is beautiful!

  • Thank you FelicityB. THis was taken about 8AM. It was 1.5 hour drive plus 30 min walking uphill to get to this place. As I was walking up the hill to get to this point I met several photographers who were heading down to the parking lot because they had been up on this mountain since 4thirty AM in order to catch the sunrise!

    – Jane Best

  • g8tway
    g8twayabout 5 years ago

    Great shot…..

  • THank you Tim!!!

    – Jane Best

  • Marilyn Harris
    Marilyn Harrisabout 5 years ago

    Hi Jane, What a stunning scene! Magic view with a beautiful sky! Great work! x :o)

  • Thank you Marilyn! It was so pretty up there that I went back again day before yesterday. Though it was very foggy this time, it was still lovely and dramatic there.

    – Jane Best

  • Ginny York
    Ginny Yorkabout 5 years ago

    This is just beautiful Jane! I live in Virginia near the Blue Ridge. These mountains are awesome! O like how your composition has the grassy land in front of the view and the flowers look so beautiful. Well done. A fav!!

  • THank you Ginny! You are in a beautiful area too! Because we have had so much rain this year, everything is particularly lush and green!

    – Jane Best

  • Ginny York
    Ginny Yorkabout 5 years ago

    PS Gorgeous sky and fog all the way up into the mountains. I love that! :))

  • I went back to this place on Friday and it was very foggy-but still interesting. Also cool enough to wear a jacket which was nice.

    – Jane Best

  • DonnaMoore
    DonnaMooreabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful photo Jane. You couldn’t have painted this one any prettier than this. I feel like I’m standing right there with the wind in my face.

  • THank you Donna. Actually I have been trying to paint it but so far the painting looks pitiful!

    – Jane Best

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökabout 5 years ago

    Brilliant image, Jane!

  • Thank you Bela! It is a beautiful place in every season.

    – Jane Best

  • Leslie Wood
    Leslie Woodabout 5 years ago

    Gorgeous shot!

  • Thank you Leslie! It was a lovely day.

    – Jane Best

  • rodsfotos
    rodsfotosabout 5 years ago

    A beautiful landscape composition Jane, love the contrast of the wispy grass in the foreground versus the mountainous backdrop, the rhododendrons are a welcome colour contrast that add to the beauty, well captured,
    Regards, Rod.

  • Thank you, Rod. It was so pretty there that I went back up on Friday. THis time it was very foggy and windy. However, the scenery was still awesome and dramatic.

    – Jane Best

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