Amazingly, I was in the same area this weekend with a very similar route. I started hiking from Sunburst campground on the Haywood gap trail Saturday afternoon and picked up the Mountains to Sea trail. I camped in the vicinity of the Green Mountain trail Saturday night, on the top of a grassy bald. Thought I was the only soul around for miles at first but later two guys with a dog came by while they were looking for a place to cook dinner away from their camp, which wasn't too far from me.
I hiked on into Shining Rock on Sunday (culture shock!), crossed Black Balsam and Tennent Mountain and on up to Shining Rock Gap, circled back and camped at Ivestor Gap. Monday morning, I finished by hiking down Fork Mountain trail. Very beautiful and amazing territory!
I've said all this so that I can tell you this: your photos do the area great justice. Thanks for sharing...