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August 25, 2015
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A couple of weeks ago we were treated to the Perseid Meteor Shower. As soon as I read that the conditions would be optimal for meteor viewing (no moon and no clouds), I knew exactly where I wanted to go.

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I left the house just after midnight and headed out to the Parkway. I wasn’t surprised to find that I wasn’t alone out there. I started off on a hilltop where it was cold and windy and there were too many people for my liking.

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I ended the night by myself on the Blue Ridge Parkway, just below where I asked Emily to marry me a few months ago. Over 4 1/2 hours I saw at least 80 meteors. It was pretty magical. Not a bad night outside!

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MARCH2015_Blog

After a brief break I am happy to say that the desktop wallpapers are back!

This is something I’ve wanted to experience for a long time – Linville Falls in the snow and ice. Last Friday was perfect for a late afternoon adventure in the snow with my Emily. It is possible to access Linville Falls from two different parking lots- via the Blue Ridge Parkway or via the US Forest Service. Because of the recent snow, the Blue Ridge Parkway was closed. So, we made our way to the parking lot on the Forest Service side. We started hiking to the falls just before 5pm. I knew this would give us enough time to view the falls from two different vantage points. We reached the first overlook as the late afternoon sun was sending streaks of light just over the canyon walls. It created a great juxtaposition between the warmth of late afternoon and the cool of the inner canyon. As the sun neared the horizon Emily and I made our way over the the Plunge Basin Overlook, which is where this image was taken. After the sun set, we walked back to the car by the moonlight and it was perfect.

Below you will find various file sizes and options that are available for download- Widescreen/Standard/with a Calendar/without a Calendar/Facebook Cover Photo. Downloading one of these images to use for your desktop wallpaper is quite simple.

  1. Choose the format that best fits your needs.
  2. Click the link to open the image in a new tab.
  3. Right click the image and “Save As”
  4. On your computer, set the image as your desktop.

Enjoy!

Wide Screen (8:5) with November 2014 Calendar:

2560×1600 | 1920×1200 | 1680×1050 | 1600×900 | 1440×900

Standard Screen (4:3) with November 2014 Calendar:

1600×1200 | 1400×1050 | 1024×768

Facebook Cover Photo (No Calendar):

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No Calendar:

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November 04, 2014
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In mid October, Emily and I took a weekend trip down to Franklin, NC. We spent a couple of days exploring the area and when it was time to head back to Boone we decided to take the Blue Ridge Parkway all the way home. As we neared the Viaduct we noticed the stars were shining so we stopped for a little photo adventure. I wanted that quintessential view of the Viaduct at night. You know the shot- every photographer in the High Country has photographed it. Heck, I’ve photographed the Viaduct from this vantage point quite a few times. I can’t say I’ve seen too many night images of it, though.

So, Emily and I climbed the rocks and got comfortable. She practiced Morse Code with her flashlight (accidentally waving down a Parkway Ranger who thought we were in trouble in the process. Whoops!) while I dialed in my settings. The moon (which was 87% full) hadn’t crested the ridge quite yet so it took a while to getting everything set. I couldn’t quite get my exposure how I liked it. But, then a car passed during a 30-second exposure and BAM! The Parkway was perfectly lit. So, we started playing the waiting game. Whenever a car would approach Emily would say, “Wait for it…. Now!” and I would click the shutter. The trails of headlights and taillights was pretty sweet, but I felt like something was still missing. Then, the moon crested the ridge behind us and double BAM! It illuminated the Viaduct and surrounding landscape perfectly. With the moon above the ridge and the headlights on the roadway, things came together quite nicely.

What you are seeing here is the Linn Cove Viaduct and surrounding landscape illuminated by an almost full moon, the Blue Ridge Parkway illuminated by a passing car, and the horizon with Table Rock and Hawksbill Mountain illuminated by light pollution. I removed a stray branch from the frame, but other than that did no other edits.

Below you will find various file sizes and options that are available for download- Widescreen/Standard/with a Calendar/without a Calendar/Facebook Cover Photo. Downloading one of these images to use for your desktop wallpaper is quite simple.

  1. Choose the format that best fits your needs.
  2. Click the link to open the image in a new tab.
  3. Right click the image and “Save As”
  4. On your computer, set the image as your desktop.

Enjoy!

Wide Screen (8:5) with November 2014 Calendar:

2560×1600 | 1920×1200 | 1680×1050 | 1600×900 | 1440×900

Standard Screen (4:3) with November 2014 Calendar:

1600×1200 | 1400×1050 | 1024×768

Facebook Cover Photo (No Calendar):

850×315

No Calendar:

1920×1200

Join us on FACEBOOK!  |  Follow our Adventures on INSTAGRAM! | Purchase prints of this beautiful image HERE!