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Friday, 05 October 2018 12:30

Light a Distant Fire

If Earth is my "Bucket List", then there is no natural place on its surface that I would not wish to return to over and over again. I already know this to be true of Cowee Mountains Overlook; and I also know that the beauty of sunset is not always seen solely in the West. This past week as Bonnie and I were scouting Smokies locations, we found ourselves near sundown at Cowee Mountains Overlook, Mile 430.7 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. However, as the sun sank lower and lower, what really caught my eye were the marvelous cumulus cloud mounds piling up in the South and East and being set afire by the golden hour's waning light.

A focal length of 34mm, barely, but still, wide-angleland, gave me the expansive angle-of-view I wanted, so as to include the mountainside falling away at my feet. An aperture of f/22 provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 2.0 seconds at ISO 100 allowed for a medium overall exposure without showing unwanted motion in the distant clouds.

A I watched the spectacle unfold, I thought of Lucia St. Clair Robson's wonderful historical novel of the life of Osceola, Light a Distant Fire. The great Seminole warrior probably never made it to the land of Tsul 'Kalu, but I believe he would have appreciated the sight of the mountains and learning the story of the Slant-eyed Giant.

Friday, 29 June 2018 23:05

Relativity and Mostly Solid Rock

In all of the years I/we have been visiting Acadia, we had somehow never managed to find our way over to Schoodic Peninsula, a separate unit of the Park on the eastern side of Frenchman Bay, due East of Great Head about an hour away from Southwest Harbor by car, and actually part of the mainland. It is a geologist's Eden, a massive slope of pink granite, fractured by interval intrusions of black diabase - an igneous rock similar to basalt - which weather differentially and encourage fountains of spray to erupt from the creviced rock.

Schoodic is such a convoluted landscape that I wanted to play a bit with perspective.. The rise in the granite (mid-ground) above the shelf is only about 15", but by placing the camera even with the top of the step-up and being lower down on the shelf, the step up was rendered as a much more looming presence. A focal length of 24mm, solid wide-angle, gave me the angle-of-view I wanted. An aperture of f/20 provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 1/20th of a second at ISO 100 gave me an overall slightly-lighter-than-medium exposure. Some of the balsam fir trees along the apex of the point top out around 50'.

I feel certain that our first visit to Schoodic will somehow not be our last.

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