My oh my how beautiful Grayson Highlands State Park is. It only takes a dusting of snow for the high winds and cold temps to cover the landscape in white.
For most of my little day hike yesterday, the temperature and wind were very pleasant. Sure, it was a little on the cold side, but when hiking around it isn't too bad. The only times I got REALLY cold were when I was up photographing rocks on the ridges. Boy oh Boy does the wind HOWL up there!
One thing I really liked yesterday was the amount of visibility. I have been up here on several occasions during snow or shortly thereafter and had beautiful snow scenes but no visibility! Yesterday that was all different, from Wilburn Ridge I could see Big Pinnacle and further south into North Carolina. It sure was amazing.
At first the visibility was low, as you can see in the first photos, but then it cleared right up!
To get the following photo of the Wilburn Ridge Spur trail, I had to walk around the first group of rocks and climb up from the back, as to not alter the scene with foot prints. You can see a painted trail marker on the right.
After coming down from Wilburn Ridge in in the Mount Rogers Recreation Area, I opted to go up on to a rocky outcropping to try and spot the sunset. I am REALLY glad I decided to stick it out in those crazy winds!(I got there about 30 minutes before the sun dropped out of the clouds)
Turning around 180° from the shot above, I took the shot below. Both shots were handheld at f18 set to +2EV(metered to the sun)
The shot below is looking back towards Wilburn Ridge in the distance.
After that it was back to Massie Gap Parking Area...
Thanks for looking:)