Dawn on the Mountain. Ed's IPod app indicated a wind gust of 78.5mph, so it was pretty cold. To give you an idea, this cloud covered the ridge for about 10 seconds before spilling off to the right and down the slope.
This friendly little cloud was afraid of heights.
Woops, no it wasn't.
There is speculation that this same cloud was actually steam rising from the Duke Energy plant at Belews Creek, about 90 miles to the east.
The wind drove some of us to the parking lot, where I sided up next to a gent who shot this same bird with a Canon f4 70x200. The light was changing very quickly.
Two minutes later with some small settings changes lends a certain softness to the image--But the environment was harsh for a morning in late May.
I still like this little fellow.
A participant in the seminar stands below the bridge shooting upward. The gusts create a hauntingly beautiful sound as it whistles through the structure.
Sunset around 8:30.
Much warmer and calmer than in the morning!
From the same angle as earlier in the morning, the setting sun splashes clouds in the east.
Colleagues on the mountain, shooting southeast--Catching the colors on the clouds with the light from the west.
I really liked the way the light was hitting his face, so I asked if I could snap him.
Mountain Lake, we called it--A two-foot long puddle in the rocks above the nearby mountains.