My compliments to the US Forest Service. They have run the Pisgah National Forest for years much like a national park. They maintain roads with parking access to trails, creeks and waterfalls some of which are the most popular in western North Carolina. While Courthouse Falls saw no other visitors before mid morning, Looking Glass Falls had to be building up to a peak of at least several hundred visitors gawking, swimming and generally bumping into each other.
Things are quieter deeper in the woods. Sparsely traveled gravel roads follow creek beds. Campers are beginning to stir. Maybe another photographer or two is out but it isn’t social hour. We may have much in common. At the top of the list is the need to contemplate by concentrating. The steep slopes and the canopy extend soft light farther into the morning. So we have plenty of time to walk, occasionally risking life and limb by climbing down to creek beds, and look for over view scenes and intimate woodsy moments.
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