Mary Presson Roberts Photography

Foggy Morning on Roan Mountain

“I must go in, the fog is rising.”
― Emily Dickinson

I worked hard to get everything done Thursday afternoon so I could be in bed by 6:00 p.m.  Certainly not my typical bedtime, but I knew my alarm clock going off at

12:40 a.m. Friday would be a jolt to my system.  I set my alarm for that time so that I could be up, ready, and out of the door before 1:15 a.m. on my way to Roan Mountain State Park.  My goal was to be on top of Round Bald for sunrise.

I met my great friend, Jennifer, in Newland, on the way to the beginning of our hike at Carver’s Gap.

We put on our headlamps and made our way, through the dark, hoping for an incredible sunrise that would illuminate rhododendron flowers.  As is so often the case, what we were envisioning, didn’t happen.

The sun attempted several times to break the fog at the time my Dark Skies App let me know sunrise would occur.  Here is the closest we got to seeing sunrise.

Sunrise
Sunrise

After we were sure that the fog was in place for awhile, we made our way to Jane Bald, hoping to see blooming rhododendrons.  Once there, we were still enveloped with fog and found no flowers in sight.

On our way back towards Round Bald, we saw our first glimpse of pink.

First Glimpse
First Glimpse

While we were walking from  Jane Bald to Round Bald, the fog began to break and magic started to happen.

Heading Back
Heading Back

 

Breaking Fog
Breaking Fog

 

Last Look at Jane's Bald
Last Look at Jane Bald

 

On the Side of the Path
On the Side of the Path

The light show continued as we made our way back to the parking lot through the part of the path that I call the enchanted forest.

Enchanted Forest
Enchanted Forest

Once we got to the car, we headed to the rhododendron garden to see what we would find there.  We were pleasantly surprised to find many rhododendrons in bloom in the gardens.

Flowers and Webs
Flowers and Webs

While Jennifer and I started our hike, we were passed on the trail by another photographer.  He passed us again heading back to the parking lot shortly afterwards.  I imagine that he missed all of the beautiful light that we experienced after that sunrise that was obscured by fog.

I am so incredibly thankful for a glorious morning on balds and in the gardens with my friend Jennifer!

 

Mary Presson Roberts

I am a travel and fine art photographer living and working in the Carolinas. My camera has taken me to places I never would have experienced and to people I never would have met. Photography has truly changed my life! Using my blog, I hope to share the joys of both travel and photography.

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