In nearby Jackson County, Nature makes her own shadow puppet for a brief time every fall. On clear evenings, from mid-October through early November there is a remarkable shadow across the mountains between 5:30 and 6:00. As the sun is creeping across Whiteside Mountain (here) near Cashiers it casts an amazing shadow on the nearby mountains. Called the "Shadow of the Bear," the form looks just like a bear ready to go into hibernation. I have never driven over to see the shadow in person, but I am totally awed by the photographs.
This photograph from the Transylvania Times - Jerry Jaynes
This photograph from the Asheville Citizen-Times
What an amazing sight. We've often driven by this very site but never at the right time to see the shadow. Someone asked if I thought the mountaintop would look like a bear if viewed from the shadow itself. I suspect the mountaintop would no more resemble a bear than my hands would resemble the rabbits I made in church. And that's what adds to the magic.