This is an attempt to capture the milky way from Clingmans Dome in the Smoky Mountains. You can see it faintly running from the lower left, diagonally to the upper right. The city lights of Cherokee and Bryson city can be see on the horizon. The small discrete points of light at the bottom of the photo are from homes, camps, cars and cabins along Fontana Lake.
My night sky app told me that if I waited until 3:30 AM I would get a much brighter and vibrant milky way. But the allure of warm bed back at my campsite, an hour and a half away, won the "should I stay or should I go now" argument.
Alas, when I got back to my campsite just before midnight, I found my tent, with my promised warm bed inside, in a tattered, broken heap about 50 feet from where I left it. Winds had ripped through the Cades Cove campground and thrown my tent, chairs, and kitchen, helter skelter.
With zero regard to my neighbors I went noisily about throwing it all into the back of the SUV and drove out to Townsend TN where at around 1:00 AM, I checked into the Best Western.
Upon awakening, after one day of a four day trip, I got in the car and headed home.
Apologies to Lee McCain who was supposed to meet me the next day for a couple of days photographing in the National Park. I was looking forward to your company and conversation Lee and the Steak and Beer Pancakes breakfast. I'm shopping for a new tent - one that deals with high winds - even as I type this. We'll do this again.
Canon 5D Mk2, 17mm, 30s, f4, iso3200 . . .
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