When Seasons Collide

Here’s an image I took a couple of years ago from the parking lot of Banner Elk Christian Fellowship. My friend Carl is the pastor there, and it’s a great little church to visit if you’re in that area for the weekend. Anyway, the fall colors contrast nicely against the snow covered top of Beech Mountain. They had an early snow up top that year around the middle of October.

The NC mountains have had two great winters (for skiing) the past two years. Not sure how this year will be, but it’s still somewhat early in the season. A lot of my northern friends say we don’t get a lot of snow here in NC, and in the piedmont region I’d say that’s true. But our mountains here do get a lot of snow. The past two winters, Beech Mountain has had over 130 inches of the white stuff!

Beech Mountain is the highest incorporated town on the east coast at 5,506 feet, as well as the highest ski resort here. Besides skiing, they also offer hiking and mountain biking trails as well. I’ve seen temperatures range from 20 to 30 degrees cooler than the piedmont. I don’t do the heat very well, so this is one of my favorite places to go in the summer! ~MB

Photographic Notes: Nikon D200 with 18-200 mm VR f/3.5-5.6 lens. All images © Matt Bennett Photography.


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