Archive for November, 2008

Unsuccessful Sunrise at Shenandoah National Park

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

During the fourth weekend of October, my dad and I took a trip to Shenandoah National Park. We drove down there Thursday afternoon and stayed until Sunday afternoon. My grandparents were already there since the Tuesday before, so we met them for dinner Thursday night. During dinner I talked my grandfather into getting up for sunrise with me.

We awoke nice and early and drove a few miles down the road to Thorofare Mountain Overlook. It was very foggy while driving to the spot, but we were hopeful that the sun might poke through at some point. Unfortunately, we sat at the overlook for over an hour and a half, seeing the wall of fog get slightly lighter and lighter, but no break in the clouds.

Before leaving,  I decided to take some shots of this lone tree in the fog and one shot of my grandfathers Mazda Miata. I did not take it for artistic reasons but as a testament to how awesome my grandfather is. I don’t know many people willing to get up at 5am on their vacation and sit in a car looking at a wall of fog, with some vague hope of seeing the sun rise.

Dying Fern Macro, Newfoundland, PA

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Last month, I went up to my grandparents house in the Poconos to visit them. They have a nice waterfall about 20 feet tall within a mile and a half walk from their house. I received a handheld GPS unit from my parents for my birthday, so I decided to map out the trip with it. Right in the beginning of the hike, I noticed that the ferns in the area were starting to die out, making them a nice light brown color. I love photographing ferns because of the patterns their leaves make. I found the fern shown below in a spot of sun that made it through the tree canopy, highlighting it nicely and causing the background to darken.

Snowy Mountain Summit Virtual Tour, Adirondacks, NY

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

After we made it back from the summit of Blue Mountain, Edward and I decided we could make it up Snowy Mountain. Snowy Mountain is a 3.9 mile hike with a 2100 foot climb. We brought lunch and plenty of water this time (we overlooked water on our hike up Blue Mt, not smart) and planned on breaking for lunch halfway up for a nice rest. The beginning of the hike was nice and easy, with a few minor climbs here and there, but generally just hiking to the mountain. Around halfway in, the trail starts climbing, getting steeper and steeper until a level spot, which we took wrongly for the top. It turned out the *real* climb was yet to come. I will never forget after thinking we were just crossing the ridge and would be coming up to the fire tower soon, looking up through a clearing in the trees and seeing the real summit another 800+ feet above us. This last part was probably the steepest climb I have ever hiked. After a couple stops for water, we made it to the top of a rock outcropping with a fantastic view. A short walk led us to the fire tower, which was at least twice as tall as the one on the top of Blue Mountain. Blue Mountain had a large clearing at the top, with the fire tower in the middle. Snowy Mountain had no clearing, so the fire tower had to be tall enough to clear the trees. After another inner battle of will, another climb to the top of the tower, I took this virtual tour.

Snowy Mountain Summit Virtual Tour

Click here to view the virtual tour.