For the second evening in the week in late April, I drove the 70 minutes from my campsite to Morton Overlook, known for incredible sunsets down a long valley. During the spring and fall, the receding planes of each mountain creates layers of contrast toward the setting sun. IF the weather cooperates. But on this evening, the weather wasn't cooperating. It was cold, and extremely windy. It started raining, then the rain turned to snow. I had staked my spot with my tripod, but did not dare leave a camera and lens on it in such wind. I sheltered in my truck. Every few minutes, as the light changed, I jumped out, set the camera on the tripod, steadied it against the wind, made a few images, dismount the camera, and jump back into the truck to dry the camera and clean the lens. Repeated several dozen times, each time hoping I could make a compelling image with the little being given to me. The sky got grayer and darker. All color disappeared, the sky a dark gray in a thick blanket of clouds. Disappointed, I loaded my gear in the truck and started down the mountain. In about three minutes, the sky brightened! I hadn't paid attention to the sunset time, and still had not set. Instead, the setting sun got under the clouds near the horizon and relit the valley, and the clouds from below! Quickly returning to the overlook and setting back up, I recorded this scene! It ain't over 'til it's over! Lesson learned! Ben Morton Overlook, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, near the Tennessee - North Carolina border.
May 15th, 2023
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