Sunset on Whitetop Mountain, Virginia

May 22, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

The other day we got some pretty intense rain here is Southwest Virginia.  I really hoped I would catch the sunset as the clouds were clearing, with the risk of simply sitting up there and looking at nothing but fog or clouds... I got a little lucky.

Whitetop Mountain VirginiaWhitetop Mountain VirginiaSunset from White top Mountain in Grayson County Virginia. Whitetop Mountain is located near Grayson Highlands State Park and is part of the Appalachian Trail.

This was a REALLY pretty end to a REALLY rainy day!  On the way out to Whitetop, I made a couple quick stops along the New River and Wilson Creek near Mouth of Wilson.  

This spot where Wilson Creek enters the New River really got my attention.  I like how the muddy water of Wilson Creek flows into the New River.

Mouth Of WilsonMouth Of WilsonImages of where muddy water from Wilson Creek flows into the New River. Mouth Of WilsonMouth Of WilsonImages of where muddy water from Wilson Creek flows into the New River.

Just a little ways up the road, there is an old dam and mill structure on Wilson Creek.  I stopped here and walked around a little bit. I really like the contrasting colors of the Indian Paintbrush and the muddy water.

Mouth Of WilsonMouth Of WilsonImages of where muddy water from Wilson Creek flows into the New River. Mouth Of WilsonMouth Of WilsonImages of where muddy water from Wilson Creek flows into the New River.

Mouth Of WilsonMouth Of WilsonImages of where muddy water from Wilson Creek flows into the New River.

By this time I was completely soaked from the rain, so I figured I would just walk about in the water. 

Mouth Of WilsonMouth Of WilsonImages of where muddy water from Wilson Creek flows into the New River.

I noticed these guys avoiding the fast water, so I crawled up to the top of the old mill structure and, using the tilt-screen on the d750 was able to reach over the ledge and snap a photo of the ducklings.

Mouth Of WilsonMouth Of WilsonImages of where muddy water from Wilson Creek flows into the New River. I left the mill and stopped to take photo of a pretty stretch of the road, when I saw the sign of despair... Whitetop Mountain VirginiaWhitetop Mountain VirginiaSunset from White top Mountain in Grayson County Virginia. Whitetop Mountain is located near Grayson Highlands State Park and is part of the Appalachian Trail.

Whitetop Mountain VirginiaWhitetop Mountain VirginiaSunset from White top Mountain in Grayson County Virginia. Whitetop Mountain is located near Grayson Highlands State Park and is part of the Appalachian Trail.

I finally made it up to Whitetop!  I was so excited to see the view!... oh...  guess I'll just sit here for a while and wait for the fog to pass.

Whitetop Mountain VirginiaWhitetop Mountain VirginiaSunset from White top Mountain in Grayson County Virginia. Whitetop Mountain is located near Grayson Highlands State Park and is part of the Appalachian Trail.

Fortunately, I didn't have to wait long.  Unfortunately, I missed the peak of the wildflowers by a few days.

Whitetop Mountain VirginiaWhitetop Mountain VirginiaSunset from White top Mountain in Grayson County Virginia. Whitetop Mountain is located near Grayson Highlands State Park and is part of the Appalachian Trail.

The transition from fog to somewhat fog to only a little fog was purely awesome to watch.  I spent just a few minutes at this little turn about before heading further up and walking down the hill a bit.

Whitetop Mountain VirginiaWhitetop Mountain VirginiaSunset from White top Mountain in Grayson County Virginia. Whitetop Mountain is located near Grayson Highlands State Park and is part of the Appalachian Trail.

Whitetop Mountain VirginiaWhitetop Mountain VirginiaSunset from White top Mountain in Grayson County Virginia. Whitetop Mountain is located near Grayson Highlands State Park and is part of the Appalachian Trail. Whitetop Mountain VirginiaWhitetop Mountain VirginiaSunset from White top Mountain in Grayson County Virginia. Whitetop Mountain is located near Grayson Highlands State Park and is part of the Appalachian Trail. Whitetop Mountain VirginiaWhitetop Mountain VirginiaSunset from White top Mountain in Grayson County Virginia. Whitetop Mountain is located near Grayson Highlands State Park and is part of the Appalachian Trail.

Last time I came up here, they had just done a controlled burn(at least that's what it looked like) Here is a photo of those conditions...

WhiteTop MountainWhiteTop MountainWhitetop mountain is an open area near the Mount Rogers Recreation Area and Grayson Highlands State Park. It is a good area to view the stars, watch the sunset, or start/end a hike on the Appalachian Trail. It was really nice to see all the green that had come back!   Whitetop Mountain VirginiaWhitetop Mountain VirginiaSunset from White top Mountain in Grayson County Virginia. Whitetop Mountain is located near Grayson Highlands State Park and is part of the Appalachian Trail.

Whitetop Mountain VirginiaWhitetop Mountain VirginiaSunset from White top Mountain in Grayson County Virginia. Whitetop Mountain is located near Grayson Highlands State Park and is part of the Appalachian Trail. Whitetop Mountain VirginiaWhitetop Mountain VirginiaSunset from White top Mountain in Grayson County Virginia. Whitetop Mountain is located near Grayson Highlands State Park and is part of the Appalachian Trail. Whitetop Mountain VirginiaWhitetop Mountain VirginiaSunset from White top Mountain in Grayson County Virginia. Whitetop Mountain is located near Grayson Highlands State Park and is part of the Appalachian Trail.

I love the 28-300's ability to shoot a wide image like the one above, and then zoom waaaaay in and shoot telephoto, without losing any image quality.  The photo below is a tight shot of the fog on the right hand side of the above image. Whitetop Mountain VirginiaWhitetop Mountain VirginiaSunset from White top Mountain in Grayson County Virginia. Whitetop Mountain is located near Grayson Highlands State Park and is part of the Appalachian Trail.

As soon as the sun went down, I was again surrounded by another batch of thick fog, and I was out...

Whitetop Mountain VirginiaWhitetop Mountain VirginiaSunset from White top Mountain in Grayson County Virginia. Whitetop Mountain is located near Grayson Highlands State Park and is part of the Appalachian Trail. Thanks for looking!

 


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