June 18, 2014 – Another trip through Linville Gorge. Got to the campsite at the bend just before a huge thunderstorm rolled past. You could see the thunderstorms building as I headed up the ridge from I-40. Now I’m just waiting for the charcoal to get going so I can put the pork chops on. I decided to grill each night that I’m Jeep camping – we’ll see how it goes.
I plan on driving up to a spot before Wiseman View on the right where the trees are cleared and see if the sunset will shot. Tomorrow the plan is to hike to the bottom of Linville Falls.
June 19, 2014 – Tried to shoot the sunrise at Wiseman View. I took a couple of shots, but no clouds or good color. I went back to the campsite to see the sun rise over Hawksbill Mtn, but the sun comes up farther to the north this time of year. I should have checked the Photographers Ephemeris before I came.
I hiked to the bottom of Linville Falls. It’s not too bad of a hike. 15-20 minutes to the bottom. A lot of rocky spots to scramble through though. I met a hippy yoga instructor with a dulcimer. Her name was Ann Marie. She said that the good light is ~8am this time of year. She also said to order the trout BLT at Little Switzerland.
I took a few shots of the falls from the shore on the right side of the falls. I also climbed up to on a large boulder in the middle of the river and checked the angle from there. I plan to go back down with the Hassy 1st thing in the morning. I also “hiked” to a small falls on a creek near the visitor center.
I drove up the road to Roan Mountain State Park – it took about an hour or so from Linville Falls area. I hiked the trail to Roan High Knob. The trail head is at the back and it’s only a 1/2 mile to the lookout point. It was too hazy for photos, but I got some good cloud shots if they turn out. I was using the circular polarizer to get some dramatic skies. I also tried some shots of a pretty fern. Then I hiked through the Rhododendron Gardens & found placed to shoot tomorrow. Continue reading