words and art by w a l t e r w s m i t h

Weekly Photo Challenge: Mountains 05

On the Pinnacle Mountain trail, South Carolina

One of my favorite places to hike in South Carolina is the Pinnacle Trail. It is located in the Blue Ridge Foothills. I came across this rock structure on the hike and fell in love with it. It has the stern look of a man grazing out beyond the ridge.

Here is a summary of the trail.

It is six miles round trip with an elevation gain of 2673 feet. It has a rating of strenuous and takes about 4 hours to complete.

The first 0.2 miles is a relatively
flat, paved path that parallels a creek. Small cascades and pools are easily
accessible from the trail. After the pavement ends, follow the trail signs for
the Pinnacle Mtn. trail.

The trail is in fair shape most of the way.
There is significant erosion in a few places and parts of the trail can be quite

At about the 2.5 mile mark is the Bald Rock Overlook where you can
look back towards Table Rock Mtn. The summit is marked by a sign and a pile of
rocks but you’re in the middle of a forest with no view. Return the way you came
or continue on the Ridge Trail that connects the Pinnacle Mountain and Table
Rock trails.

This trail is rather remote at times. I was hiking it alone and felt a need to see someone on the trail.

8 responses

  1. Great job editing the photograph! The blacks were crushed a tiny bit too far, but other than that, it looks good.

    August 11, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    • Thanks for the comments, and digging on the photograph. I am not sure what you mean by the blacks were crushed a tiny bit too far. Can you explain?

      August 13, 2011 at 2:09 am

  2. Oh! Sorry, I shouldn’t use jargon.

    There are three groups of color intensities, which are the shadows; mid-tones and highlights. “Crushing the blacks” is techese slang for making the shadows darker. So, if you crush the blacks too far, the shadows will become so intense that too much color information will be lost in those areas. I don’t know the technical reason for why that’s bad, but I do know that crushing the blacks too far causes your image looses some of its appeal.

    August 13, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    • Mr glasses, thanks for the input. I pretty much understand your comments. I like my work to express my inner intuition. If I feel it has the “look” that expresses my vision or feeling, I go with it. This always precedes any technical approach. But your insight on these technical precedings are helping me to look further into the creatvie process. Thanks.

      August 14, 2011 at 9:36 am

  3. You must have had an amazing time on the mountains… Your pictures are testimony to that fact… 🙂

    August 14, 2011 at 6:54 am

    • Thanks Elizabeth, and yes I do have some amazing moments on the mountains. They are so spiritual and giving in many different ways. A view from a mountain summit can certainly soothe the spirit.

      August 14, 2011 at 9:38 am

  4. Walter, I know I don’t comment often, but I really enjoy checking out the results of your weekly challenges. It’s easy to get lost in a lot of your images. You’re inspiring me to do more creating myself.

    I’ll be tackling the Pinnacle Mountain Trail soon, although with all the rain we’re getting this summer I may wait until the fall. There are 5 new geocaches (see geocaching.com) along the trail, which makes great excuses to stop and rest….or, more often than not, is a convenient opportunity for me to catch up to the group after getting sidetracked with my Nikon. 🙂 Let me know if you’d like to join us sometime. What days of the week are good for you to plan a day trip?

    August 14, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    • Hi Lisa,
      I appreciate when you do get a chance to stop by and leave a comment. Your perspective is important to me, and I do hope that I inspire you as well. ( Your blog looks good)!!

      I have been trying to follow your adventures in geocaching. It is fascinating and I would like to know more. The trips and the hikes definitely are something that I would like to be a part of. I will be getting back with you when I can figure out a scheduled time off to join you and your group. But off hand Friday is the best day for me.

      The Pinnacle Mountain Trail as you know can be difficult but worth the hike. Looking forward to connecting with you.

      August 17, 2011 at 6:15 am

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