Like a moth to a flame we become helpless to the beautiful ghosts that true love sheds.
--Ryan O'neal (b.1941) American Musician and Song Writer
I think for this shot, I'd like to paraphrase O'neal's quote and substitute the word "autumn" for "true love." I just can't help but to return again and again to the Blue Ridge Parkway -- looking for new angles among the dazzling bright colors of Autumn along this most familiar section of "America's Favorite Drive." I discovered a new angle (it's new for me at least!) by taking the section of the Tanawha Trail that leads from the Linn Cove Viaduct Visitor's Center parking lot at Mile 304. It's a wonderful trail that winds beneath the Viaduct and the massive boulders that the Viaduct is built around. I tried lots of angles, but I thought this particular view depicts the Viaduct's height and grace and its beautiful setting among the Autumn flames.