It's been a while since I've been up to Big Pinnacle...
I spent a little time in Grayson Highlands State Park last weekend while my 'ball 'n chain' was out of town. I started out by heading down into the Wilson Creek Trail and then went up to Big Pinnacle for sunset.
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Back to the hike...
The trail to Wilson Creek is well shaded, so there was a good amount of snow to walk through. Some small plant caught my eye...
Once I got down to Wilson Creek, I was in an icy wonderland! There were lots of cool ice formations along the creek.
About halfway up the trail, there was a small pool that had not frozen over. This allowed for some really nice reflections of these icicles. These kinds of shots really let you play around with your polarizer and find the exact amount of reflection that you want.
By the time I got to the actual waterfall, one of my tripod legs had come a little loose, causing some serious frustration and me cursing ever buying it! Once I got back to the car and tightened it up it was all good again but those little things can piss a guy off really quick!(I need to just start carrying a hex key with me:)
Here is a photo of some ice formations on the edge of Wilson Creek Falls. After trying the polarizer in a few different positions, I opted to let all the reflections show. Removing the reflections really eliminated the detail in the ice, and allowing them to show made it look just right.
When I got to the top of Big Pinnacle, I was really pleased to see the snow on the distant hillsides, it really breaks up all the dull grey that winter brings to the southeast.
The wind up here was cold and strong! When I mounted the telephoto to photograph the distant mountains, I was tucked behind the biggest rock I could find while still having a view. Out in the distance you can see the ski hills in North Carolina.
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