Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Autumn falls, poses handsomely in the Carolina mountains
October is fast approaching, and leaves on the trees will soon be flaming in a short-lived fire of red, orange and yellow. From my vantage point as a photographer, there’s no better place to be than the mountains of North Carolina when fall paints the Appalachian canvas.
Every autumn I carry out my two-fold pursuit of trekking to the Nantahala National Forest and biking the Tsali Recreation Area. As much as I enjoy mountain biking with my buddies, I also enjoy fall’s changing leaves. To prove the point, here's one of the pictures taken across the street from the diner we eat at between morning and afternoon rides.
And another one riding in the dirt.
These are the kind of pictures that work well using the Create-Your-Own option at Crinklednose.com. I want to use the whole panel to take advantage of the photo quality print to create my own picture postcard invitation for the next big event. Hey, I might even make one for our next mountain biking expedition.
Tsali is about the best place in the eastern U.S. to hit the bike trails. Known for undulating tracks bordering Lake Fontana, there are four trails that all come back to the main trailhead, offering almost 40 miles over overlooks, quick descents, grinding climbs and cloaked rhododendron. After a strenuous ride, relaxing at a place like Lakeview at Fontana makes for regenerating energy for the next day's ride. Not to mention world-class kayaking right up the road on the Nantahala River.
Another part of our adventure is hitting the Appalachian Trail, hoofing up to Wesser Bald for the 13-mile hike from Tellico to Wesser to the Nantahala Outdoor Center. It's a tough trail, but the view at the top is worth the final push to the summit for a 360-degree view. As seen from a wooden platform situated above the treeline, it’s a landscape idyllic for digital quality photo cards.
When I get a shot I’m really proud of, I like to get it printed on a magnetic photo card and stick it on the fridge – then I can gaze on the beautiful colors of fall all year long.
For more pictures of Tsali and fun in the Carolinas: http://gallery.me.com/muddawg#101012