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April 21, 2009


“Island in the Sky” – Clingmans Dome, Great Smoky Mountains N.P.

by josephrossbachphoto
Island in the Sky

Island in the Sky

While hiking up to Grotto Falls in rain and fog, I came across a park employee on his way down from the summit of Mount LeConte (the second highest summit in the park). Jokingly, I said to him  “socked in fog up thier eh”
To which he said, ” nope, crystal clear on the summit “. I turned around on the trail, ran back to the car, broke about 15 traffic violations while racing to the summit of Clingmans Dome. I made it to the summit and it was indeed clear and the clouds were rolling across the ridges. I waited until the last light of dusk to make this image. No filters, single exposure of 45 seconds @ ISO 100 at f16.

2 more versions:

Between Heaven and Earth

Between Heaven and Earth

Layers of Light

Layers of Light

9 Comments Post a comment
  1. Apr 21 2009

    These are amazing shots!

  2. Apr 21 2009

    Really spectacular images, Joe!

  3. Apr 21 2009

    Great shots Joe. Amazing!

  4. Apr 21 2009

    Never seen anything like this ~ Fantastic

  5. Oscar
    Apr 22 2009

    Joe, awesome shot!

  6. josephrossbachphoto
    Apr 22 2009

    Thanks Chuck, Jack, Reza, Mike & Oscar! I am glad you guys like the images. It was quite a spectacle and I am just glad I was there to experience it :]

  7. Apr 22 2009

    Big time great images Joe!! Bravo!

  8. Apr 23 2009

    Thanks Big John! The Smokies were awesome. This weekend i will be at Shanks Ferry, Pa for some wildflowers and scenics in-between a club lecture at the DVCC (Delaware Valley Camera Club) on Saturday afternoon and an afternoon workshop at Sherwood Gardens in Baltimore, the city that breeds.

  9. Sep 18 2010

    Just incredible. Some of the best photography I’ve ever seen.


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