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More Fall Color

Today I left early and was up at the peak of the Cherohala Skyway, on the North Carolin side. The Cherohala Skyway runs 52 miles up over 5300 feet in the Cherokee National Forest and the Nantahala National Forest. It starts at Tellico Plains, TN (ok, I’m from TN so why should I have it starting from the other direction?) and runs towards Robbinsville, NC. The forest above 4500 feet is not as good (wind blown and the early leaves are gone, oaks still to change). Below 4500 feet is peaking with lower levels peaking over the next week.

Here are a few images from today.

I really like this HDR. I actually shot it with a 3 stop Singh Ray Grad and processed in NIK HDR Efex Pro

I also played with some Multiple Exposure Rotate and Zoom images.

Depending on weather, I will be back that direction later this week, to shoot up Tellico River and around Bald River Falls.


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Fall Color Scouting Cumberland Plateau North

In search of waterfalls and fall color yesterday, Rebecca and I made our way up to Caryville, TN. We visited Notch Falls while in Caryville and then headed up Mountain Road to Tower Road to hike down to Duncan Falls. There was some color at in Caryville, but as we made our way up the mountain to the 3000 foot elevation the changes were spectacular. Dogwoods, maples, sassafras all in resplendent color. According to biologist Kathy Gould Mathews from Western Carolina Univeristy, this fall could be one of the better fall colors. In an article in the Knoxville News Sentinel, she explained that the dry weather in later spring and the dry cool weather we are experiencing now should lead to a fairly dramatic display of color. Some thought is that the color change times are about a week early, but the combination of weather in spring and fall that we have had may lead to a prolonged display of fall color. From what I am seeing, this seems to be on par with color and timing. I will report more through the season.

Notch Falls

This fall is literally just off the road. Go up Mountain Road in Caryville and then turn right on Fall Creek Lane. A small pullout on right with falls on left.

Tower Road parking for Cumberland Trail. No polarizer.

Tower Road Parking for Cumberland Trail. Polarizer.

You can see from above that a polarizer can make a huge difference. It not only saturates the blue sky, but saturates the colors also. Even on a overcast day, a polarizer can help saturate colors. My rule of thumb, pick up a polarizing filter and put it in front of your eye. Turn. If you can see a difference here, it will make a difference in your images. I use a Nikon 77mm polarizer because it is actually glass size of 82mm with 77mm threads. This does not vignette even on my 17mm.

Here are a few more shots to round out the images.

More to come. I plan on going up to Cherohala Skyway on Monday to check out color in the Appalachian mountains at 5000+ feet.