Shenandoah: Hiking

June 19, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Previously from Shenandoah: Trouble with ColorThe Details or the Wide and Grand? - The Skyline Drive View in Autumn - The Lonely Tree - Dark Hollow FallsCozy at ShenandoahSkyline Drive of ShenandoahShenandoah SunsetDifferent Look of Shenandoah at Big MeadowShenandoah is Waking UpOn Skyline Drive - Colorful FlashbackLuray CavernsLuray Valley MuseumFox Hollow Trail - The Treasures of Shenandoah - Distant Sunset Views - Hiking

A Tree on the Big Meadow, Shenandoah National ParkA Tree on a MeadowShenandoah National Park Now that the previous post wrapped up the 2013 Shenandoah series let's step out and explore the fall in that national park a year later. The first day, our hikes were different than before. One flat with no elevation gain and loss and one up the hill on the way out and then back down, very different from the waterfall chasing hikes down into the valleys of Shenandoah.

For the first one, we actually took a ranger led hike into the heart of the Big Meadow to learn about the area that is so different from the rest of the mountain park. At first, I struggled finding photographic compositions, probably due to preconceived notions of what I was going to photograph - mountains, valleys, distant views, waterfalls, etc. After a while, I got in tune with the meadow and its beautiful colorful grasses lining up patterns all around. And eventually, I found what to aim the camera at. The few randomly scattered trees photographed against the meadow patterns looked excellent with the final result looking a bit like a painting. Nothing wrong with that!

Stony Man Trail, Shenandoah National ParkStony Man TrailShenandoah National Park Once satisfied with the meadow and a bit tired of the cold breeze we headed into the woods to get a few more miles under our belts. But we did not head down into one of the many valleys to find waterfalls. Instead, we selected a trail that headed slightly up the hill before looping around and back down to the trail head. It was a wonderful short relaxing hike, perfect as an add-on to a previous activity.

Enjoy the beauty that surrounds you! (#etbtsy)

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