Waterrock Knob Sunset, Blue Ridge Parkway, N.C. Photo by Warren Reed.

Photo by Warren Reed.
“Waterrock Knob Sunset,” Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina
Photo taken March 19, 2011 using a Nikon D5000.

Photographer’s Notebook

Do you prefer sunrises or sunsets? I love a good sunrise, but I’m much more likely to be awake for a sunset. I like them all. Sun setting in a plain blue sky, sun rising above a misty valley floor. But I especially like dramatic clouds. And then, identifiable objects silhouetted against the sky can add interest and depth to the scene such as this image at Waterrock Knob on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.

Sunsets are big, yet quiet. I like that. And, one can not be sure what they will look like until the slowly evolving explosion of color actually happens. Turn around, though.

Look the opposite direction. There is sometimes delicate cloud color to be seen. Trees and buildings can take a magical look when lighted with very late or early sunlight.

Waterrock Knob is one of my favorite spots for sunrises or sets. There are several view directions around the parking area and its access road. On the day of this image a sunset view did not seem likely. But, you never know until you go.

Warren Reed, Sugar Hill, Ga.
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