|Canon EOS REBEL T3i DSLR camera, f/7.1, 1/400 sec, ISO-100, 50 mm; 3:09 pm|
|Canon EOS REBEL T3i DSLR camera, f/8, 1/640 sec, ISO-100, 50 mm|
|Canon EOS REBEL T3i DSLR camera, f/7.1, 1/400 sec, ISO-100|
Due to the dense forest covering Brown Mountain, there are very few places with open views. No open views to the south toward the Catawba River Valley or east toward the Yadkin River Valley are present. Thus city lights in these valleys are not visible from Brown Mountain; which may explain the lack of distant BML sightings reported from the mountain itself---a preplexing fact mentioned in many published BML documents. However, a small number of individuals have reported close encounters with unexplained nighttime lights while visiting the mountain; some of these reports are currently being investigated by our BML research team. These upclose lights are reported to be too small and too faint to be visible from more than a few hundred feet away.