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Fall of the Blue Ridge Parkway #1

Fall of the Blue Ridge Parkway #1

Fall of the Blue Ridge Parkway #1
©RGallucci Photography

It was early morning, and I was heading back to the hotel room after shooting the sunrise from Clingmans Dome. The road I had traveled in pitch blackness just hours earlier was now illuminated and glowing in the over-saturated colors of fall foliages reflection. It was a time of incredible peace and satisfaction.

I would have been content with the morning ending there. But, as I rounded the corner of Deep Creek Valley I saw her revealed in a mixture of dawns dark shadows and bright mornings light. The narrow chasm weaved its way through the trees like an untamed river, its waves of green, gold, and red leading the eye towards the blue cloud shrouded ridges that give the region its name. It was a moment that demanded attention.

The wind glided through the valley, its rustle a serene backdrop to the scene, as I unpacked my kit. I set my tripod up on a ridge next to a small group of photographers. What a small talk we shared was whispered so as not to break the mood. We knew we were someplace special. We knew we were witness to a sacred moment. This, the season's peak, only occurs for a brief few days each year. This was a moment of God, in all His glory, painting the world in all its beauty.

As I gazed through my lens, the sun broke through the rising mist to shine briefly on the valley. I fired the shutter.


Words are insufficient to describe the beauty this world shares with us. Many, many times I am overwhelmed with tears of rapture at the gifts she lays out for our enjoyment. I was blessed long with the gift to avert my gaze from the path of man's wealth, to focus on the fortune of the world's bounty. It takes but a desire to train your gaze on what's around you to enjoy these gifts. Once seen they can be locked in the vault of your memory, paying the dividend of happiness for the rest of your life.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III
¹⁄₆₀ sec at f/8.0 Bias: 0 EV
Lens: EF28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM @ 44 mm
ISO: 100
Edited in: Adobe Lightroom 2015CC