windswept grass on the appalachian trail

Windswept - Roan Mountain Appalachian Trail Landscape Photography

Windswept grasses under heavy fog on top of Round Bald along the Appalachian Trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina.

The Roan Mountain Highlands region along the Appalachian Trail is an area that frequently offers stunning natural beauty. Great big mountain landscapes with fog rolling through the hills under breathtaking sunrise and sunset skies. As visually striking as they are, these are fairly common sights in this area that is well known for it's large scale scenic landscape vistas. That said, not every picture of natural outdoor beauty has to include all of those elements, sometimes it's the intimate landscapes that move us. Sometimes, a simple landscape with minimal elements can be a window into the soul of a place, capturing the very essence of the location and providing a strong sense of place. While this image lacks the bigger than life scenic views we normally associate with the Roan Mountain area, it is scenes like this one that I have experienced up there often, a landscape drenched in heavy fog and high winds that is unforgiving and always has a unique natural beauty in all of the various conditions that occur there.

Tags: appalachian trail, roan mountain, windswept grass, spring, springtime, landscape photography, scenic, north carolina, nc


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