Cloud Inversion Pano Along the BRP

Equipment Info
100mm / f/5.6 / 1/320 sec. / ISO 320
North Carolina
Nearest Area
Brevard, NC
Brevard, NC
Brief Directions

Follow the Blue Ridge Parkway until you get to the Pounding Mill Overlook.


I had got up at 3 a.m. to jump in my car and head 2 hours to jump onto the Blue Ridge Parkway just outside Asheville, North Carolina. It had been raining for a couple of days and on this particular Saturday they were calling for the storm system to move out. I knew the conditions would be good for some real low lying clouds and fog, but I wasn't expecting a full on cloud inversion. I had arrived about 45 minutes before the sun was supposed to come up and started getting my camera gear ready. The clouds were pushing through very fast and I was hoping to catch a nice sunburst, but as fast as the clouds were going, they stopped. The sun was behind a huge cloud bank, only letting a little bit of light through. Once the valley started to brighten up a little bit I decided to shoot this panoramic. The mountains had their beautiful blue tones while clouds filled the valley. This was 7 images stitched together using Lightroom. They were taken one after the other in rapid secession.

Date Added
March 8, 2019
Date Taken
March 2, 2019