Since we recently discovered how cool Pilot Mountain is, we decided it would be neat to go up there to watch the sunset one night. It ended up being the prettiest sunset I have ever seen!
Standing on the main observatory is boring, plus it wasn't facing the right way to see the sun. So we walked down a path that said "rock climbers only" and it led down to this area right on the edge of the mountain where we had the perfect view of the sunset.
In the distance you can see the Blue Ridge mountains, and it was really fun to zoom in on them.
I love how each ridge is a different shade.
You can see mist rising up!
I took a whole bunch of panoramas! (I'm a little obsessed with them lately)
I messed up the horizon but I actually kind of like it!
Steven took this vertical one, I had never thought to do that before!
The main reason I really wanted to get up to pilot mountain was to see the fair. You can see the mountain from the ferris wheel so I figured you could at least see the ferris wheel from the mountain. I was expecting to be able to see it so well, like it would be this huge bubble of light. But it wasn't.
This is all I saw
I searched and searched and finally saw a tiiiny pink light, so I used my 300 mm lens to zoom in.
(Is that what I think it is?!!)
I zoomed into the picture as far as I could without it getting pixelated and sure enough! There's the ferris wheel! I was so excited! I LOVE seeing things from far away..
It was an awesome evening!
I was uploading my photos a couple days after this and as they were uploading I realized I didn't see my mountain photos. I had been deleting older photos the day before so I just knew I had accidentally deleted these. I was SO mad at myself! Fast forward three hours and I had downloaded about six different un-delete programs in hopes of finding my 250 lost photos. Most of the programs couldn't find them, but one did! But it was gonna cost me 40 bucks to get them back because the software wasn't free. I was about to give up but then I decided to give one of the free programs another shot, and it found them! I was soooo happy and proud of myself! But that was short lived because as soon as I placed my memory card back in the camera I realized that I hadn't deleted them after all... They just got placed in a weird folder and I didn't see them. Which explains why the programs had such a hard time detecting them, because they were never actually deleted! But on the bright side, at least now I know how to get back photos should I actually accidentally delete them in the future! And on the even brighter side at least I realized that before I decided to spend 40 dollars on them!
These photos now have a special place in my heart. A rather annoying place.