Category Archives: Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg Farmers Market

Gatlinburg Farmers Market

Gatlinburg Farmers Market © William Britten use with permission only
Gatlinburg Farmers Market © William Britten use with permission only

Gatlinburg kicked off the fabulous Farmer’s Market this past Saturday. The inaugural season will run through the weekend before Thanksgiving, every Saturday from 8-11:00 am.

A good crowd turned out for the first morning. There was music, and some intriguing booths.

Gatlinburg Farmers Market © William Britten use with permission only
Gatlinburg Farmers Market © William Britten use with permission only
Music at the Farmers Market © William Britten use with permission only
Music at the Farmers Market © William Britten use with permission only
Gatlinburg Farmers Market © William Britten use with permission only
Gatlinburg Farmers Market © William Britten use with permission only
Down at the Gatlinburg Aquarium

Down at the Gatlinburg Aquarium

Gatlinburg Aquarium © William Britten use with permission only
Gatlinburg Aquarium © William Britten use with permission only

Ok, I know it’s a tourist attraction, but it’s really very good. My four grandsons can tour me through this place and identify every single fish. They know every display and all the facts related to those displays. Very impressive, educational.

Now I couldn’t begin to tell you much about the picture below, except that it’s a jellyfish, and it photographed well. And it is one of over 10,000 sea creatures down at the aquarium.

Gatlinburg Aquarium © William Britten use with permission only
Gatlinburg Aquarium © William Britten use with permission only
On the Streets of Gatlinburg

On the Streets of Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg Kangaroo © William Britten use with permission only
Gatlinburg Kangaroo © William Britten use with permission only

You might see almost anything on the Parkway in Gatlinburg, a quiet mountain hamlet near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For example, strolling the street after lunch at Bubba Gumps the other day, I  happened to encounter a young woman with her pet kangaroo.

There you go ….

Still Winter in Gatlinburg

Still Winter in Gatlinburg

Snowplow in Gatlinburg

Usually by the end of February, winter is losing its grip in our quiet little village on the edge of the Smoky Mountains. But this year we’ve still got the twice-weekly snowstorms, still wearing the triple layers, still the hot chocolate and tea, the howling wind at night, the cats that refuse to venture outdoors … you get the picture. In fact, we seem to be stranded in the Olympic Alternate Universe, staying up till midnight watching triple toe loops, Salchows, axels, and Lutz’s.

Thermometer in winter

As I write this post, I’ve escaped the cabin fever for the confines of my gallery for the day. The tourists are creeping back into the scene … many looking to escape the northern snows … ha!

Winter and snow scene

Walkin’ around My Town

Walkin’ around My Town

snow on the Smoky Mountains in Winter

Still the snowcap on Mt. LeConte, still the cabin fever. So head downtown for a walk-around.

frozen wishing wellchairlift in Gatlinburg
Gatlinburg on a winter weekday can be slow, with few tourists on the Parkway promenade. The wishing well is frozen, and hardly a brave soul on the chair lift. The ticky-tack gaudiness of the Parkway is on stark display, without the swells of walkers and gawkers to soften it.

amusement arcade in Gatlinburg TNwax museum in Gatlinburg TN
Even the taffy-making machine sits idle, and the pancakes wait. It’s a quiet time in a resort town. A time to walk around and take it in slowly, really look at it. Just a few blocks south is the boundary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and if you need a refuge, there it is, all year round.

taffy making machine in Gatlinburgpancake house in Gatlinburg

A Snowy Walk

More snow today, and cabin fever setting in.  There’s only so much relaxation a person can stand, gazing out at the Smoky Mountains, silent and brooding, waiting for Spring and the return of the tourist season.

So I called Broom down from the roof, and we set off on a walk.

Yep, sure enough, there are those silent, brooding Smoky Mountains off to the south, and the trees with their limbs encased in ice.

Broom and I headed in the opposite direction, where a “development” is grinding its way into what was once a pristine landscape.  But this is Gatlinburg, and the endless need for rental cabins must be accepted.

Looks like an airport runway, doesn’t it? Waiting for the new cabins to come in for a landing.

Broom stayed with me on the hike through this expectant landscape. I’ve seen a lot of bear tracks on these cleared areas of former woods, but have never actually seen a bear here.

Soon, if the developer can survive the real estate downturn, there will be over 60 cabins on this 20 acre parcel.  Families arriving for their vacation, the place lit up at night like a small town.  The truth of it is, and this surprises me, that I find these developments to be somewhat enchanting. It is true that they destroy pristine land, but that’s too simplistic to stop there and voice the usual complaints against greed-motivated developers. The Smoky Mountains, and Gatlinburg, reflect two sides of the coin: the Smoky Mountains remain pure and pristine, which is what attracts over 10 million visitors each year to the area. And the 10 million visitors create a fast-paced economy full of possibilities.

I guess I’ve come to terms with it, even come to appreciate the gaudy, boardwalk quality of downtown Gatlinburg.  After all, whenever I want the majestic spirituality of the Smoky Mountains, they are there to experience as well.

William Britten Gallery re-opens in new location

The finishing touches are done, the sign put up, and the welcome mat put down. The William Britten Gallery of Smoky Mountain images is officially open at the new, expanded location. The gallery is located on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Gatlinburg TN.  Look for me in the Morning Mist Village shops on the historic Arts and Crafts loop along Glades Road.  Head out of Gatlinburg going east on Rt. 321. Proceed for several miles and turn left at the stop light just past McDonalds.

My goal is to offer photographs that will cause you to feel the deep spiritual nature of these ancient mountains. I want you to be able to take home with you an image that will recall the emotions of your visit to the Smokies.

Each framed photograph is created in a way that is unique among photographers. Each image is given a treatment to enhance and protect the surface of the photo. Then the photograph is mounted on a board and framed without glass, much like a painting. The result is a stunning sense of being right there in the scene, or looking out a window with a fabulous view.  The comments that I most often receive are that the images seem to glow from within, or that the photos have an almost 3-D appearance. You’ll have to come visit the gallery to see for yourself!

If you can’t make it to Gatlinburg, but are interested in details on images, sizes, frames, and cost, please visit my website by clicking on the Home button on the top right of your screen.

Snowy Winter in Gatlinburg

Sarah and I ventured out to dinner last night at the Cherokee Grill in downtown Gatlinburg.  It was a magical evening as we sat by the fireside with a view of snow falling outside on the Gatlinburg streets. Sharing the seafood salad with a loaf of fresh-baked bread is our favorite option from the Cherokee Grill menu.

This morning’s dawn revealed a heavy dusting … maybe an inch or two … of snow. Very cold, around 13 degrees … with heavy snow clouds still stalled on Mt. LeConte in the Smoky Mountains.

We had planned another workday down at the William Britten Gallery getting ready for Saturday’s grand opening, but enjoyed a snow day instead.

William Britten Gallery

Happy New Year!
Another season begins along the Arts and Crafts Loop in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, near the Smoky Mountains.  And there are lots of changes in store for the William Britten Gallery of Smoky Mountain photographs. The gallery is moving to a new location, just a few doors down in the same Morning Mist Village shopping area. We’re moving to a larger space, and one that will allow me lots more room to frame my Smoky Mountain images and work on my resort cabin photographs.
Hope to see you in Gatlinburg this year or along one of the trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Christmas in Gatlinburg

Christmas is over, but this time of year Gatlinburg, TN is aglow with thousands of lights. I like to venture out into the cold nighttime with my camera and try different techniques to get unique photos.

Sometimes I just point the camera and shake it all around. You’d be surprised at the beauty that can result from such chaos.

Please stop in and visit me to see the complete display of Smoky Mountain Photography at the William Britten Gallery in Gatlinburg, TN.

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