The Color of Summer is an award-winning shot of a pastel sunset over the Blue Ridge Mountains. Summertime storm clouds linger overhead adding drama to the vista as the rainbow light of the sunset reflects off of them to create this spectacular landscape scene.
This image won "The Peoples Choice Award" in the 19th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition, held at the Turchin Center for Visual Arts in Boone, NC.
The Cowee Mountain Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Cherokee, North Carolina, offers stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. On this early summer day, it would be my final destination to capture the sunset after exploring the parkway and “chasing the light,” as we say in photography, for the entire day. The conditions at this overlook are constantly changing due to the high elevation. As I set up my tripod and camera, an ominous storm cloud rolled in over the valley directly in front of me. I wasn’t sure what to expect next. Should I stay or leave?
As it turns out, I am glad I stayed! Not only did it add drama to the scene, but I especially like how the clouds dipped into the valley, creating symmetry and framing the entire scene. It was also the perfect precursor to one of the most spectacular sunsets I have ever witnessed. As I watched the scene unfold, the translucent clouds transformed from dark grey to a rainbow of colors from the intense sunlight piercing through them. At that moment, I realized that it was a gentle sign from God. He is our light in times of darkness. He is our peace when the storms of life hover above. They are just passing through. There is always a beautiful sunset waiting for us in the end. I hope this scenic view inspires you to keep your eyes on His divine light and everlasting presence.
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