Smoky Mountains Day 2 "Blue Hour Sunset" by darylo

Smoky Mountains Day 2 "Blue Hour Sunset"

Taffy, Junko, and I had a really spectacular day. We decided to go to the highest elevation in the area, Clingman's Dome. We also opted to hike down a trail to Andrew's Bald, which looked on the map like a nice 1.8 mile hike, but it was rather steep and muddy.

Coming back, our knees, legs, and overall exhaustion forced us to make some decisions. Above the entrance to the trail is a wonderful observatory--modern, sleek, and just all around funky in design. Already exhausted, I opted to head on up the steep .5 mile climb to get to the observatory, and it was worth it. My knees say it was really not worth it, but I got this lovely shot.

Junko and Taffy remained down below but got the same views with different results.

We had a spectacular day of photography and friendship. It ended with some bbq, showers, hanging in comfortable clothes while we edit and seek each other's advice--just like on 365, but in person, with hot chocolate, and treats.

Yes, a spectacular day!
It was fantastic!!! And I'm totally impressed you did the final hike up one more mountainside! Beautiful photo and of course a fav.
October 31st, 2015  
So nice to hear! Wish I was with you all, I could manage .5 mile up! This is breathtaking! fav
October 31st, 2015  
This sounds so wonderful, and great that you could all meet up. You must be healing really well. Love this shot, with the layers of colour.
October 31st, 2015  
how wonderful :)
October 31st, 2015  
FAV FAV FAV! It's a beautiful image and a reminder of a wonderful day together. You are SO impressive in making such a STEEP hike at the end of the other tiring hike!
October 31st, 2015  
Wow! Amazing, and so fun reading about your journey!
October 31st, 2015  
Such an amazing, perfect photo.
October 31st, 2015  
The colour and the layers are fabulous. Love the story behind the shot. Always a great time is to be had with other like minded folk.
October 31st, 2015  
@888rachel yes healing and so glad. Thx. Wish you were here too. :)
October 31st, 2015  
This captures the essence of the Smoky Mountains! Sound like the three of you had a wonderful meet up!
October 31st, 2015  
outstanding shot ...WOW! Fav
Sounds like a super get-together with 365 friends... so interesting to see everyone's photos.
October 31st, 2015  
Stunning layers of blue! What a beautiful image and worth that extra hike! Wow Daryl you are very impressive doing this not long after your surgery! You have made a good recovery! Great story about your day - sounds perfect! Fav!
October 31st, 2015  
Gorgeous blues, Daryl!!
October 31st, 2015  
I was thinking about your recent surgery Daryl as I read about your longer-than-planned hike! Good for you. Great photo too.
October 31st, 2015  
fantastic
October 31st, 2015  
Love the layers of blue.
October 31st, 2015  
Oh it sounds AMAZING!!! Enjoy ladies.
October 31st, 2015  
Marvellous - definitely worth the effort. Love those deep blues. Fav
October 31st, 2015  
I do envy you! What a fab capture and to have great company in person. Well Done all three of you. Your knees will forgive you even if it takes a few days.
October 31st, 2015  
What an effort to get this - and how fabulous it is! Fav
October 31st, 2015  
awesome shot
October 31st, 2015  
We didn't even attempt that climb and were there in the morning but this is lovely.
October 31st, 2015  
Stunning! I love this!
October 31st, 2015  
Fabulous image and blue tones! Fav!
October 31st, 2015  
Am enjoying your hiking/photog pix! Wish I could have been there with you! :)
October 31st, 2015  
Amazing shot!
October 31st, 2015  
Fabulous image. I love the blue hues and the soft layered hills.
October 31st, 2015  
Beautiful layers and blue hues!
October 31st, 2015  
Oh, SO worth the hike (says she who didn't have to make it!). Super, fab image. Gorgeous. Fav.
October 31st, 2015  
Wow!
October 31st, 2015  
Oh wow! What a fantastic rainbow of blues these mountains have presented to you. Gorgeously captured.
October 31st, 2015  
Fantastic layers Daryl
October 31st, 2015  
Wonderful layers
October 31st, 2015  
Ooh wow, fav
November 1st, 2015  
What a beautiful shot! I love the layers of rich blue colors. fav
November 1st, 2015  
Stunning layers!
November 1st, 2015  
Instant FAV. Unbelievable layers.
November 1st, 2015  
Utterly beautiful!
November 1st, 2015  
very very pretty!
November 1st, 2015  
Spectacular shot! Sounds like a fabulous day.
November 1st, 2015  
Kim
I saw this beautiful photo on the PP and knew it was our Great Smoky Mountains; you're in my neck of the woods! :)
November 1st, 2015  
❤❤❤
November 1st, 2015  
Just a fabulous shot. Love it.
November 1st, 2015  
Beautiful capture. Fav!
November 1st, 2015  
Wow! Totally spectacular! What a fabulous day you must have had!
November 1st, 2015  
It must have been so wonderful to just look at a view like that. Beautiful capture with all the blue tones and layers.
November 1st, 2015  
Wow - love this with the trees visible in the foreground
November 1st, 2015  
Spectacular layers, I really love this image. Congrats on PP, fav and it sounds like a wonderful time was had by all!
November 2nd, 2015  
Again, just beautiful soft layers and such great subtle tones. What a magical time it looks though I suspect from your walk description it was damned hard work - well worth it though.
November 2nd, 2015  
Jo
What a fabulous image. Congrats on TT. fav
November 6th, 2015  
Congrats on TT! Well deserved!
November 6th, 2015  
So interesting to see the variations between yours, Junko's and Taffy's.
November 6th, 2015  
Congrats on TT! So beautiful and well worth that extra climb!
November 6th, 2015  
Congrats on TT, this is stunning is the blue tones!
It nice to see all three of your mountain shots on TT this week, how exciting!
November 7th, 2015  
Congratulations on TT!
November 7th, 2015  
@jamibann I was so happy my back was mostly healed. A huge relief really. Thanks for thinking of me. Originally, I thought Ibwould be stuck at the cabin being the camp cook. :)
November 7th, 2015  
Wow Daryl! What fun and what a lovely image. Happy to know you have healed and raring to go...
Congrats on the TT
November 7th, 2015  
SO amazing...congrats on TT! FAVING!
November 8th, 2015  
Congrats on TT
November 9th, 2015  
Congratulations having this wonderful shot on the T20 !!
November 11th, 2015  
Great shot. Congratulations.
November 11th, 2015  
didn't know you were so close to heaven.
November 14th, 2015  
Wonderful shot Was a great meet together A FAV
April 6th, 2016  
wonderful shot! So beautiful the transitions of blue tones! And I like the mountains!
May 18th, 2016  
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