I’m sitting in my tent, nestled in the Hard Times loop of the Lake Powahatan Recreational Area. The campground itself is just a small part of the Bent Creek Experimental Forest project on the edges of Asheville, North Carolina.
The drive east along Interstate 40 and then south along Interstate 26 was breathtaking. I kept shooting pictures, looking at them on the digital screen, and deleting them. There was simply no way to capture the majestic sky-scape, the amazing hills, and the lush mountains. I captured a few images, but the best will be burned only on my hard drive to be lost like "tears in rain."
(The best: a spiral cloud that looks like a tornado of marshmallow, spread across the sky and reaching down to earth. I took photo after photo and the only image that appeared was a small, globby mix of blue and white. I was so saddened, I deleted the pictures and pretended as though I didn’t see it.)