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About a week before taking this picture I was playing around in Google Earth, I was actually looking for some new locations, specifically in the Linville Gorge Wilderness in the Pisgah National Forest in Western North Carolina. After a little bit of exploring, I came across this overlook called Wiseman's View. This overlook seemed to be pretty nice with little to no traffic. I then planned on going and invited a good friend of mine, Anthony to come join me. Anthony met me at my house at 4 a.m. and we arrived at 5:30 a.m., the stars were still out and we were ready to head out.
The trail was just .4 miles and paved as well, this was a real surprise to us, especially because the road we took was dirt, full of pot holes and required 4 wheel drive. The Linville Gorge was at its peak for fall foliage as well, full of vibrant yellows, oranges and red toned leaves. The only downside to the morning was that there were no clouds. Anthony wanted to do a bit of exploring and he went out along the rock ledges in search of a good spot. As I looked down to find him, I noticed he was setting next to this one tree along the edge. Anthony was about 5 feet away to the right of it.
This tree also faced Table Rock Mountain, Once I saw this composition, I knew I wanted to photograph it. I waited until Golden hour, I knew the lack of clouds would allow the sun to illuminate my side of the Gorge and wanted to wait until that moment. I like the contrast between the bright side and the dark side, I also liked how this one tree could stand out in a forest of million so prominently as well.