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.
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.
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.
By this time I was completely soaked from the rain, so I figured I would just walk about in the water.
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.
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.
Fortunately, I didn't have to wait long. Unfortunately, I missed the peak of the wildflowers by a few days.
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.
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...
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.
As soon as the sun went down, I was again surrounded by another batch of thick fog, and I was out...