Picture of the Day - October 21, 2009
South Mountains State Park
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The mountains of western North Carolina offer their visitors plenty
of magnificent scenery, and thousands of people come every year to see
first-hand the beauty that those of us who live in the region have
been blessed with all our lives. And many of them take some of the
region's beauty back home with them via the wonders of photography.
Today's picture features a tranquil scene from South Mountains
State Park near Morganton, NC. Chiseled away from the Blue
Ridge by eons of erosion, the mountains, hills and valleys that lie
within the park are every bit as scenic as those of their more
famous relatives. Photographer Joey Bowman captured this gorgeous
image while hiking the most popular trail that goes to High Shoals
Falls. Here are the camera and settings he used:
Camera: Canon EOS 30D
You can see more of Mr. Bowman's outstanding images at
Focal length: 18mm
Shutter speed: 1 second
Exposure compensation: +0.3 step
Name: Tony Manford
Town: Spruce Pine, NC
I know South Mountains Park quite well, and I'm sure I have seen
this very spot that Mr. Bowman has so wonderfully captured. Great
Name: Phyllis Helton
Town: Bristol, VA
We are truly blessed.
Name: Ed Morrison
Town: Dunwoody, GA
What a wonderfully executed shot! I would love to visit western
North Carolina again. I spent a week at Beech Mountain a few years
back and it was absolutely great. That area was indeed blessed with
more than its fair share of gorgeous scenery.
Town: Gatlinburg, TN
Great work Mr. Bowman. The long exposure and the resulting “angel
hair” effect on the flowing water is a perfect compliment for the
darker background of foliage in the shadow of the forest canopy.
Thanks for sharing your image with us.
Name: Lauren Blackwell
Town: San Antonio, Texas
What a beautiful scene! This image conveys the beauty of God’s world
through the composition, the color, and the softness. I can hear the
water trickle and I can smell the muskiness of the deep forest. I
want to follow that stream wherever it leads, so that I can
experience more and more of the North Carolina wilderness. Thank you
for sharing such a beautiful image.
Name: Mitch Ballard
Town: Schenectady, NY
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