The entire Appalachia regions have been blasted with winter weather, which has caused power outages and more. Winter officially starts today!
Recently the southern portion of the Appalachia experienced one of these winter storms. The winter storm produced snow, ice and zero temperatures.
An outdoor adventure during this storm was not a plausible solution to cabin fever. But the day seemed calm enough. Snow and ice had already fallen, and the sky was clear.
Approximately 2 to 3 inches had fallen and the temperatures were in the teens.
Nantahala National Forest has before produced lasting memories for one nature photographer, yet the challenge again reappeared.
Roads were considerably icy, so a long road trip was not in the plans. Pulling to the side of the main road, a gravel road covered in snow and ice lead way to the great mountains of the Nantahala.
The objective of the day was to get as close to these beautifully snow capped mountains, to be as close and as high on top of the mountains as one could go.
This was a lone journey. Everything living and non-living was magnificently covered in snow. The photographer was already taking pictures, this was amazing.
The road led to a dead end where a stream of cascading water flowed. Though the pictures taken were beautiful enough, this was not enough. A new route had to found in hopes of getting closer to the mountains which lay ahead.
Walking straight up the side of one mountain, in hopes of gaining access to a bigger mountain began.
This was not easy because near the top of the mountain a thicket of briars made it almost impossible and painful to walk in.
A not so well thought plan led this photographer to the point of climbing up the mountain on knees. The farther one climbed the lower one would kneel, this was not easy. Eventually this had to stop, though the urge of going further was still there.
Standing up with a decision of going back down from this mountain would begin, but not before one more idea, climb the nearest tree.
This was the only way to seem close to the mountains which seemed even further away than first thought. By climbing a tree, the nature pictures of these great mountains would also be attainable.
A tree was found and climbed, amazing pictures were taken, but one more thing happened, the photographer had found a way up the tree, but coming back down would not be so easy.
Falling approximately six feet into a briar thicket was the end result, leaving this photographer scratched, frozen from the snow, and with a broken camera.
The start to this journey seemed calm enough. But this journey did not stay that way. Eventually the photographer made her way back down the mountain, back to the snow covered gravel road, then back home, yet not without some bruising.
All of this happened in one day, during a terrible snowstorm in December.
For more nature photographs, please visit: http://ranawilliam.blogspot.com/2010/12/brrr.html .