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Day #5: Mystery! – Misty Road In Skyline Drive, Virginia

Day #5: Mystery! – Misty road in Skyline Drive, Virginia

Best Nature Photos.Foggy morning scene in Skyline Drive Blue Ridge Parkway Motor driveway in Shenandoah National Park, West Virginia, US. Nature, Wildlife, Bird, and Landscape Photography by Prathap.

The Photo

Foggy road in Skyline  Drive,  a 105-mile (169-km) road that runs the entire length of the Shenandoah National Park in Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

Story Behind the Photo

We set out from Chicago in May on our maiden trip in USA for 2000-mile journey in 9 days. It was a dream come true to go on a 490+ mile drive covering both Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway along the Blue Ridge Mountains which is a major mountain chain in the Appalachian Mountains. The entire stretch is said to be one of the most scenic motor driveways in North America.

For us…it’s the best!

As we entered the Skyline Drive we were greeted by thick fog. Nothing was visible except the dense fog! We were clueless as we drove dead slowly to find the park office.

We were warned not to go inside the driveway as it could be dangerous. But, we wanted to anyway try our luck to see the forest in a different mood.

What we found on our way became our most memorable drive. Imagine driving at around 20 miles per hour on a driveway which is top-notch and so well marked throughout as you enjoy the mysterious forest! Isn’t it a thrilling experience? Everything was getting uncovered slowly as we move along, we were in no rush (in fact, we couldn’t) and every now and then you get to see amazing bloom and those colors were so vibrant!

Every spot was a photogenic spot and every turn offered a different view. I pulled over my car so many times to make photographs of those beautiful roads reaching far into the forest with dense fog giving a moody atmosphere.

The scenery in the photo is so photogenic  with lot of elements coming together like:

  • Bright double yellow lines (indicates no overtaking zone)
  • Tall trees on either side of the road
  • Lush green grass on either side of the road
  • And the curvy road

Everything together made it an ideal spot. I spent several minutes photographing this place from either side of the road. I couldn’t get the best view.

So, I decided to take a risk of taking it from the middle of the road as it will yield a perfect Symmetry to add to already beautiful scene. There were hardly any other vehicles on the Skyline Drive. My wife was watching for any incoming vehicles and was constantly cursing me and my photographic madness 🙂

I had set the tripod low to the ground to create a perspective distortion and to enhance the sense of height of those giant trees.

I guess the risk was worth it!

If you haven’t been to Skyline Drive or Blue Ridge Parkway, I insist you to consider going there this Spring or Fall season. You would be so thankful to the Nature and (maybe) to me too :).

Technical Information

Body:  Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens

Focal Length: 17mm

ISO Sensitivity: ISO-640

 Aperture (f-stop): f/10

Shutter Speed: 1/40 sec

Exposure Compensation: 0 EV

Metering Mode: Pattern Metering

Shooting Mode: Manual Mode

Important Note

Never attempt to get to the middle of the road to make a photograph, it could be life threatening. Because of the dense fog, there was hardly any vehicle movement that day. We saw one vehicle in 15 to 20 minutes on an average. I took this photograph within a minute, using a remote shutter release, as I was standing off the road.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Photo Story. Have a Great Weekend!

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Prathap is a professional nature photographer and founder of Nature Photography Simplified blog. He aims to simplify every photography concept to help beginners and amateur photographers.

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This Post Has 2 Comments
  1. I live less than 3 hours from the Shenandoah National Park, but have never gone there to visit. You have inspired me to do so! I’m glad you and your wife enjoyed this area of the U.S., thank you for sharing your tips and experience!

    1. Hi Krysten Simmons, how blessed you are to be in that place. I think if you visit once, you would never give up visiting every year. Please do plan during this autumn, it might be a life-changer I suppose.
      Thank you for your kind words.

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