As we jump into summer, I wanted to sum up my latest spring video and photographic collection from the Sauratown Mountains of NC. This spring was full of surprises, including the tornadoes that went through Yadkin and Stokes County on May 25, 2017. The images and video that I captured reflect the scenic landscapes, vibrant skies and stormy weather, all part of made this season beautiful.
The Sauratown Mountains, sometimes referred to ‘The Mountains Away from the Mountains’ is located within an hour from Greensboro and Winston-Salem, and includes the more commonly known Pilot Mountain and Hanging Rock. A range of wildflowers make appearances during the video, but the mountain laurel this year was gorgeous and can be seen throughout the video.
Mountain Laurel in front of Pilot Mountain and the remaining Sauratown Mountains, at Pilot Mountain, North Carolina. Captured late May 2017.
Rising Milky Way above an older barn in mid-northern NC. Brown Mountain is visible along the horizon. Captured March 24 2017.
Lightning above a tattered barn south of Hanging Rock, NC.
Galactic core of the Milky Way over Hanging Rock State Park in NC, captured May 2017. The Milky Way rose between Hanging Rock and Moore’s Knob, providing the perfect opportunity for this 32 image large panorama. A big thanks to Singletree Gun & Plough for inviting me out to one of their scenic overlooks
Reflection of the trees and cliffs along the Dan River north of Hanging Rock NC. Captured March 20, 2017. Piece by piece I learn the river better, and I am grateful that Singletree Gun and Plow invited me to their land along the Dan to continue my explorations.
Last light at Lower Cascade Falls, captured during spring 2017. The flash flooding made for new cascades, raging waterfalls, and lots of class 2 and class 3 rapids on the nearby Dan River. This is by far the most water that I have seen at this falls, and the water still looked clear and beautiful!
Sunstar and a couple of older cabins along a ridge north of Hanging Rock. Overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains, at Singletree Gun & Plough. Captured March 19, 2017.
Tory Falls at Hanging Rock State Park, captured April 2017. This waterfall is usually slightly more than a trickle, but thanks to the recent flooding it is showing its true beauty!
Star trails above Moore’s Knob and Hanging Rock, with a meteor in the middle. 2017
A rotating wall cloud moves across Hwy 220 near Stokesdale below a tornado warned storm.
Sunset-lit severe storm and shelf cloud captured from Pilot Mountain, late March 2017
Spring day at Moore’s Wall of Hanging Rock State Park. 2017
Storm clouds move of a waterfall along Cascade Creek at Hanging Rock State Park
Mountain Laurel in front of Moore’s Knob, at Hanging Rock State Park, North Carolina. Captured late May 2017.
Evening light and crepuscular rays above Pilot Mountain.