I flew on assignment yesterday to photograph a hydroelectric facility in Kentucky, and was lucky to find this evaporation pond adjacent to the facility. The beautiful, abstract patterns are made by surface aeration.
For my flight out of Knoxville on May 27th, the Smoky Mountains definitely lived up to their name. Many of my flights this spring have been delayed because of weather, but Brian, my pilot, and I thought we had gotten lucky with the forecast improving leading up to our flight. Before it was over, though, we flew around rain, through rain, and upon our return diverted from Downtown Island Airport only three miles out because a downpour we had been racing to our destination won the race. Even where it wasn't actively raining, the air over the mountains held so much moisture that the haze did look very much like smoke.
Aerial abstracts made 5.11.2016 in Louisville, Kentucky.
The S. Mayo Trail and Levisa Fork River outside Kewanee, Kentucky.
Made on a recent flight out of Knoxville, through light rain showers, near the Kentucky and Virginia border.
Some of my aerial work affords me the opportunity to photograph the same locations from month to month and observe seasonal changes. This location is in the very western tip of Virginia where it narrows to a point between Tennessee and Kentucky. The state line runs along the exact ridge in this location, looking west, with Virginia on the left and Kentucky on the right.