Green Mountain, Foothills Parkway
Great Smoky Mountains, TN
Day and night, darkness and light, silence and noise. I got here in that twilight between night and morning, and watched the sunrise develop, mind wandering in the wait, as always. There have been various colorations in the sky, but too much contrast between the dark of those deep valleys and ridges, and the brightness above. When I stepped from the car a half hour ago, I broke the silence and a dog began barking somewhere down in that mist; the idiot went on incessantly till we reached a standoff of me making no sound and him convinced he'd scared it off. The glow now has begun to separate those ridgelines and peaks, and throw some highlights on the mist wafting through the nearest valley. This is the balance I've waited for in camera, with terrain no longer a dark blob versus the skyglow of the rising sun. Though my eyes see it differently, the machine has limitations on what it can record; I work awhile as the sun comes up. Back at the car the dog starts up. I search for balance.