After a couple of days of mostly cloudy, or even wet, weather, today dawned bright and clear and the forecast was for a really nice day to be out and about.
Rick and I decided to go to Pilot Mountain State Park, a photogenic tourist spot about 25 miles from home.
Rising abruptly more than 2,000 feet, Pilot Mountain has been a navigational landmark for centuries, and is a recreational landmark as well, offering miles of trails, camping, climbing and spectacular scenery.
Rick has taken me there before, a week or so later in the 2013 fall colors season when the colors were turning burnt, rather over their peak but nevertheless making for interesting photography.
We were rewarded today with some lovely colors against a beautiful Carolina Blue sky, with a cool, even chilly northerly wind combined with the hot sun which still remains at this time of year when the northerly wind clears the sky of some of its deflecting moisture.
Again, no photos of Rick were taken, but I’m slipping a couple in from our previous visit so that it doesn’t look too much as if I put too many photos of me in. And this year we turned down offers from other tourists to take photos of Rick and me together because we’d had enough of that last time. We often offer to take photos of people with their own cameras so they can have couple or group photos to take home, and usually they want to reciprocate by offering to take photos of Rick and me together. We have a technique now whereby when one of us takes a photo for other people, the other one of us makes ourself scarce!
Here are some of the photos we took today:
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