And Then the Clouds Cleared


A mid-October visit to the Shenandoah mountains was filled with rainy days and overcast skies. Though it wasn’t the most pleasant of weather, the storm created its magic along the rolling mountains.

But then the clouds cleared in the afternoon and the brilliant autumn colors shone brightly with their damp leaves. The air freshened and became crisp. At last I could see Old Rag Mountain, the mountain that drew me to Shenandoah. Alas, a climb up her rocky side will have to wait until another visit on a drier day.


Driving along Skyline drive, the scenery was breathtaking at each turn. It was hard to imagine that it could just get better and better.


The sun began getting low in the horizon and it was time to return to the lodge to meet with friends. Each moment on the mountain is always a magical time.


18 replies »

  1. lovely photographs, great saturation without making them look edited. look forward to following your posts 🙂

  2. So why do you think the last one is over the top? Too unbelievably gorgeous? I think it’s marvelous as it gave me the feeling of looking at the mountains from the sky, and yet it still very much feels like it’s from the ground. The distance and contrast between foreground and background achieve this effect all too well. I certainly appreciate it.

    The first one is quite special as well. That for me looks as though it’s a still from a video of clouds in reverse, literally. Sometimes people think clouds pics are cliche, played out even, but I love when they make you wonder about the reality of clouds. They’re so ethereal and yet so every day.

    It’s been a while since I’ve seen the mountains, your pictures ignite my desire to see them again. Thank you.

    • I think the colors are oversaturated, but truly I didn’t do too much on post processing. Due to the rain, Skyline drive was in a cloud forest and the world seemed surreal. You would have truly loved it.

      Time for the mountains for you my dear, what are you waiting for?

      • I visited a cloud forest in Ecuador many years ago, Hummingbird volunteer trip (perhaps I’ve mentioned it before). One day when my computer likes me again, or rather I get a new one, I’ll retrieve those pics from my external drive and share. Cloud forests are pretty magical I fully agree.

        Yes, I think you’re right. I guess I’m just waiting for the right time. Perhaps this winter I’ll plan a trip to Colorado, been some time since I snowboarded anyways. 😉

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