Smoky Mountain Getaway, Stargazing and Nature Hikes

Milky way Galaxy Photograph by Philip Casey

On Sunday, I drove up to the Smoky Mountains for another great weekend getaway. I had to escape the busyness of life and get to somewhere a little more relaxing and secluded than the city. I knew because of all the weddings I have coming up in October, this was my last chance to do so for awhile. I packed everything up and headed up the road. After arriving in Cherokee, North Carolina, I went over to the campground and setup my tent. After everything was ready to go, I drove up to Clingman’s Dome to watch the sunset go down. The sky rendered beautiful colors of blue, orange, and pink as the sun began to fall below the horizon. It was a peaceful moment indeed. After the sun disappeared from the sky, I patiently waited for the stars to come out. I was absolutely amazed at how many stars were in the sky. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many. And…for the first time ever I was able to see the faint image of the Milky Way Galaxy. I got out my camera and began photographing it. With the camera we’re able to take longer exposures which build up more and more light the longer the time elapses. Therefore, because I was at a higher evaluation, there won’t very many city lights, and the moon was hidden from illuminating its light, I was able to capture the Milky Way Galaxy. I was going crazy because never before had I been able to do this. It was amazing as you can tell.

The next day I went out for a little more hiking in the Smoky Mountains and of course photographing the beautiful scenery and wonderful streams along the way. I know it was a short trip but I was very glad I got to getaway for a few days to relax before things get busy again.

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  • Joyce Davis

    these pictures r beautiful.