Except for periods when the Parkway is closed because of snow and ice, we love driving to our favorite places in winter. There is something so refreshing about the crisp air and the relative isolation.
We keep hoping to find the north face of Looking Glass Rock covered with ice, giving it the glistening mirror effect for which it is named. So far we have not been successful.
However, if you look at this shot with the sun shining directly on the dry north face, I think you can imagine how lovely it must be covered with ice.
All along the roadside, trickles of water have become brilliant icicles. This one looks almost like a waterfall.
Cold Mountain does indeed look cold in the winter. But we love its beauty just the same.