Blue Sky Day, Western North Carolina


Blue Sky Day, Western N. Carolina

Blue Sky Day – Western N. Carolina, USA

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If you are a follower on, you have probably noticed the absence of clear blue skies. I’m not really a blue sky guy. Perhaps clouds hold more meaning for me, especially if they are surreal looking or form a shroud of mystery over the landscape…but never say never. With the help of a circular polarizer over the lens, I was able to make this clear blue sky even more dramatic.

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Nikon N90S SLRAF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D, B+W Slimline circular polarizer Kodachrome 64 Professional color transparency film, exposure not recorded, Aperture Priority, M-up Mode, Manfrotto 3221 tripod with Manfrotto 3047 studio headNikon MC-20 remote cable, Plustek OpticFilm 7600i Ai film scanner, LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast 8 scanner

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Ramsey Cascades

The Inner Frame

In June 2009, I spent a week hiking in the Smoky mountains. There was much to see, and I will focus here on the Ramsey Cascades waterfall, in the northeastern part of the park.

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The four mile, 2,000′ climb with camera and tripod is strenuous, but as soon as you arrive at the fall, all the pain is forgotten. This is one magnificent waterfall.

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Waterfalls are tricky. Being there is obviously exciting, but not being there and instead having to look at pictures is annoying. So I apologize.

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Photographers have tried to get the most out of waterfalls. The rules of the game have become: Avoid direct sunlight, and use long time exposure to get the surrealistic filaments of water. This is supposed to turn any waterfall into a world of wonder.

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Don’t misunderstand me; I like alienation. But there are other ways, too. A waterfall has a personality that…

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Hiking the Smokies from Basic to Challenging

BlueHealth Solutions

Hiking in the Smokies gives you the chance to explore nature and enjoy the beauty of the mountains. Here are some tips on hiking trails, from basic to the more challenging, as suggested by avid hiker and Tennessee native Amanda McGrawes:

+Andrews Bald

This hike starts at the Clingmans Dome parking lot, a 1.8-mile trek away from the beautiful Andrews Bald. The trail it is recommended for families with young children looking for a beginner hike. Keep in mind that although the trail is short with only mild elevation, you’ll still need to be prepared. Like any other trail in the Smokies, expect rocks and boulders along the way.

+The Jump-Off

This trail starts at the Newfound Gap parking lot. It’s only 2.7 miles to Boulevard Trail — a junction just before the Jump-Off, according to RootsRated — but you’ll find it to be fairly engaging. Roughly 1,300…

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Pro’s and Con’s: Light Snow vs. Heavy Snow

Unofficial Networks

It’s long been debated which is better maritime snowpack or continental snowpack. Here are the pro’s and con’s… You decide.

Maritime Snow

The Palisades


  • Avalanche Risk: Maritime temperatures keep snowpack a little on the heavy side but that warmer snow bonds much easier when compared to a continental snowpack, which sees big downswings in temperature that create hoar and faceted snow.
  • Stomped: Maritime snow delivers the ultimate stomping conditions with a muted spring on landing. Blower can be a little less predictable.
  • Coverage: Maritime snow is the ultimate for coverage. It comes in fast and its heavy and moist qualities allow the snow to stick to steeper and rockier surfaces.

A slab avalanche triggered by a snowmobile. Photo/Friends of Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center. A slab avalanche triggered by a snowmobile. Photo/Friends of Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center.


  • No Faceshots: It’s definitely harder to go to trenchtown when the snow has the consistency of concrete.
  • Rain: With maritime snow, storms can…

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