Christmas tree harvest
If you've never seen it, it's hard to imagine the vast acreage throughout the entire southern Appalachians that is devoted to Christmas tree cultivation. In some cases, these trees seem to stretch from horizon to horizon.....consuming one mountain range on top of another.
These shots show some of the trees being processed by field crews. After selecting appropriate tress, they are cut and loaded on the trailers you see here. They then go to these staging areas for final grading and processing. Keep in mind that scenes like these are being repeated all over those mountains. When the trees are finally ready, vast herds of semi-trucks show up, ready to load them and get them to markets.