Roan Mountain is located in north eastern Tennessee. Its a “Bald” mountain, one of many in the region, known for the grass areas on their summits, not quite alpine, but not quite the rainforest style lush vegetation typical of the region. Roan mountain has a ton of recreational opportunities, the Appalachian Trail runs near by, you can mountain bike in the area, there is opportunity of hiking and backpacking, and in the winter, when the conditions are right, you can ski and even ice climb here.
Yesterday my roommate and I went for a 36 mile ride outside of Washington, DC. I only made him stop for pictures once. The C&O Canal is a great recreational asset in the DC area, and you can cover some serious ground and pretty quickly forget you are outside of the nations capital.
A couple of Stats:
Number of miles: 36.3
Number of beavers spotted: 1
Couples interrupted In flagrante delicto dead center of the single track:1 (BOTH DIRECTIONS!)
Great blue herons: 5
In central #Colorado there is a group of mountains known as the Collegiate Peaks with a group of 14,000 foot peaks named after eastern universities like Harvard, Yale and Princeton. Over the years I’ve attempted a number of them, and never made a summit. This photo is one from my attempt on Harvard. On this attempt, my group turned around not because of weather or any other factor, but because we had reached our set turn around time. With a large group of young adults in my charge, we needed to ensure that we would not expose the group to unfavorable elements. Additionally, in mountaineering, it is important to avoid “summit fever”, and by turning around when we did, we hoped to instill this value in our charges, as well as teaching them that while the summit seems like the goal, it’s really only the halfway point.
Tonight we’re getting into the way, way, back machine. I took this picture with my first digital camera back in ~2003 when I was in school Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. My iPhone has more megapixels than that camera now, but it just goes to show, it’s the photographer, not the camera. (I mean that in the humblest possible way). This photo was taken at Beacon Heights on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Foscoe, NC. If my memory is right. 11 years old and it’s still one of my favorite photographs I’ve ever made.
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This winter I took a trip to Chile with a class for my Master’s degree. On the last day we visited a sustainable winery somewhere between Vina Del Mar and Santiago. We had made the most of our time in Chile, and the last day was spent at a beautiful winery tasting wine and eating delicious food, lounging around. It was a great experience and a beautiful place for our last day of the trip.
Autumn in the Colorado Rockies is fleeting. It comes on quickly in September, and before you know it, there is a snow storm or a windstorm that blows it all away. Sometimes you can drive up a road and shoot the fall color, go for a hike, and drive back down, and everything will be gone. I’m happy that I was able to make this image when I did.
In 2011 I took a trip to Spain. While I was there I spent a couple of days in Barcelona, where I visited Casa Batallo, a beautiful home designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. There are more photos over on my website. http://edcarley.com/2014/07/12/spain-2011-pt-2-barcelona/