by Steve Templeton
Photograph - Digital Photograph
I have no idea what the name of this lake or pond on the Blue Ridge Parkway is, but I LOVE everything about this picture. I love the dark, moody clouds that allow the colors to really pop, the converging lines that lead my eye deep into the picture, and the conjuncture of the triangles on the left with the round bushes on the right. Oh, and the reflections! Did I mention I love everything about this picture? I have a huge print of this hanging in my office, and it always gets lots of attention. I photographed this pond from many different angles, but this one stands head and shoulders above the others.
The Blue Ridge Parkway, which is America's longest linear park, runs for 469 miles through 29 Virginia and North Carolina counties, linking Shenandoah National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
My wife and I traveled to the Northern end of the Parkway during the fall, for the express purpose of photographing the gorgeous autumnal colors in the Parkway. The night we arrived to begin our journey, it just so happened that a huge line of thunderstorms blew through that part of the country, and almost every leaf that had already turned red was blown off it's tree.
That's the life of the photographer; you "pays" your money, and you "takes" your chances. It's happened before, and will probably happen again, but, there always remains something beautiful to see and capture with my camera, regardless of less than perfect conditions, and it's always worth the journey.
May 29th, 2022
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