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Tom Lussier Photogra… on November 8, 2011

A lone hiker takes in the view of the Shenandoah valley while resting from a long days hike on the Appalachian Trail. I usually refrain from including people in my landscape work but while we talked he pulled out his I-Phone and began taking pictures of the view. I'm thinking "Those are not going to do this view justice!", so when he finished and sat back down I asked him if I could take his picture while he enjoyed the scenery. I explained that it just seemed right to include someone who was hiking the trail in a shot so he sat there as I fired off a few frames. I then handed him my card and told him to email me when he got back home and I'd send him a copy. He looked at the card and then said "So you DO know what you're doing." To which I replied "Occasionally." We both laughed and continued talking for the next few minutes while he put his gear back on. He was spending the night on a warm, dry bunk in the Bears Den Hostel and was really looking forward to it after getting snowed on earlier in the week.

This is the Bears Den Scenic Rock Overlook situated on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia. The lodge is about 100 yards up the hill from this location and they have a campground and accommodations in the lodge. Hiker bunks run $15 a night or you can go for the "Hiker Special", at a whopping $27, which includes a bunk, shower, laundry, pizza, ice cream and soda. I'm not kidding! A welcome change for trail hikers from sleeping on the ground and eating freeze dried whatever. Bears Den Trail Center is owned by Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and managed by the Potomac Appalachian Trail Center (PATC). ATC and PATC have developed a strong working relationship to provide for the long term future of Bears Den as one of the premier hiking trail centers on the Appalachian Trail.

I will be posting a few more images taken on this evening. The lone hiker missed the real sunset show as the sun slid behind the far off mountains. I guess the thought of a "pampered" night had too strong of a pull on him. :)

zoran.v. on November 9, 2011

Beautiful photo... L1!!!! Greetings Zoran

Feitse Boerwinkel on November 9, 2011

Absolutely magnificent TOM.You are right to include the hiker in this shot.Do you know there is a new Panogroup called "ALIVE LANDSCAPE" that is dedicated to the use of people to make pictures more interesting.You should bring this shot in there.

Regards FEIKA.

Darja Brus on November 9, 2011

ALL THE BEST!!!!!!!!!! Darja.

Лена Москаленко on November 9, 2011

...Greetings, Tom!

spirit grasps, when consider your work

Great shot - light, paints, mood!!!

mega- LIKE

best regards from Russia, Lena

CORRADO TRIPICCHIO © on November 9, 2011

I envy the viewer into the picture that you can enjoy this wonderful spectacle of nature!


Best regards.Corrado

stargazerherman on November 10, 2011

Great shot, Tom - this image SHOULD be snatched up by some hiking equipment company and used in the glossy brochures! And you should be paid vast sums of money for it. . . (we can always dream)

steandeb on November 10, 2011

top quality tom!...i could imagine heaven to look like this ...oh to hike in this part of the are a lucky man! take care from steve ,liverpool, england.

j. adamson on November 10, 2011

Super, the colours and light are wonderful. Good capture. Regards, Joce

Mario Escherle, der … on November 10, 2011

Beautiful picture Tom, fantastic autumn colors and light!


Grüße aus der Pfalz, Mario

danimero on November 10, 2011

Very nice picture, and very kind words


Greetings from Spain, Daniel

Norrel on November 11, 2011

Amazing shot, Tom! It's in my favourites now. Thanks for sharing the story of the hiker.

ԁk‒cam on November 12, 2011

This is a beautiful composition with great light and colours.

Kind regards, Finn

Hank Waxman on November 12, 2011

Hi Tom, you're at the top of your game with this shot. not only are the colors and detail pure "Lussier" but I couldn't agree more with including the hiker in the shot. I hope you appealed GE's decision. It's definitely a keeper. Best regards my friend,


M Vargas on November 12, 2011

Beautiful composition with great light as usual in this house.

Gizen Kitahama on November 13, 2011


Tomber on November 13, 2011

Wundervolle Landschaft, ein Platz zum verweilen und die Seele baumeln zu lassen, gut getroffen. L&F. LG TOMBER.

Sanja Kosanovic on November 15, 2011


Ann Broder on November 16, 2011

Tom . . . I agree with Hank, the hiker is the perfect touch to this scenic beauty! Well done! YSL. . . .Ann, in NYC

whoelius on November 16, 2011


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Photo details

  • Uploaded on November 8, 2011
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Tom Lussier Photogra…
    • Camera: NIKON D300
    • Taken on 2011/11/02 17:39:35
    • Exposure: 0.008s (1/125)
    • Focal Length: 18.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200