Thursday, June 5, 2008

Moonlight Hike - Myrtle Point!

Stunning sunrise atop Mt. Leconte - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

6:30a.m. on 4 June 2008 from Myrtle Point

It was a beautiful morning. Hunter Bannister and I hit the trail at 3a.m and hiked the five miles up Alum Cave Bluffs Trail by flashlight on a starry moonless night. When we reached the spectacular Sand Mrytle-covered rock outcropping, some threatening storm clouds began to rush in upon us.

The high winds and slow shutter speed made for foreground foliage full of energy and motion. For just enough time to look up in amazement, the storm clouds opened, and the sun sent a rich red glow over the mountain and its Sand Myrtle in full blloom. The moment passed, but it will be remembered here by you and me forever.

Hunter, it was great to hike with you. Whenever you catch up on sleep, let me know, and we'll do it again.

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