The Blue Ridge Parkway, stretching from Cherokee, North Carolina, to Afton, Virginia, is one of the great scenic drives of the world. It winds up and down through the Smokies, passing the higher points of the mountains and bypassing most urban areas. The scenery is sublime, especially in autumn, when the leaves are a brilliant feast for the eyes.
I took most of these photographs in May of 2017 en route to The Vintage car show, held annually in the Asheville area. The weather was perfect for photography with drizzle and low clouds. I could not resist. I have warned you long-term readers before that you will gradually see more "pretty" pictures here. So, no urban decay this time, just nature. These photographs are oriented from west to east, starting a short distance east of the western terminus of the Parkway. We will proceed to a few miles northeast of Asheville.
|Balsam Gap Overlook (Hassselblad 5012CM camera, Fomapan 100 Classic film)|
|Licklog Ridge Overlook (elev. 4602 ft; Fuji Acros film, Pentax Spotmatic camera, 135mm ƒ/3.5 SMC Takumar lens, yellow filter)|
|Richard Balsam Overlook, highest point on the Blue Ridge Parkway (Nexus 4 digital file)|
|Fetterbush Overlook (Fomapan 100 film)|
|Fetterbush Overlook (elev. 5494 ft)|
|Pisgah Campground (elev. 4980 ft)|
|Pisgah Campground (elev. 4980 ft; Fomapan 100 film)|
|Chestnut Cove (elev 2180 ft)|
|Study in poison ivy, Walnut Cove Overlook (elev. 2200 ft; Tri-X 400 film, 80mm ƒ/2.8 Planar-CB lens, green filter)|
|North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville, NC (Tri-X 400 film, Hasselblad 50mm ƒ/4 Distagon lens, green filter)|
|Green Knob Overview (80mm ƒ/2.8 Planar-CB lens)|
|Green Knob Overlook (elev. 4760 ft), |
|Mill on Curtis Creek Road in Pisgah National Forest (Fomapan 100 film, Hasselblad 50mm ƒ/4 Distagon lens, 1/60 ƒ/4)|
|Mr. Catfish John, I-40 rest area, North Carolina|