Category Archives: Spiritual Sunday

Look Up!

In the Treetops

It’s a Spiritual Sunday again. Time to ponder whatever comes to mind. Like walking in the Smokies with your head pointed upwards. Watch the squirrels jump from treetop to treetop. Appreciate the soft sunlight filtering down through the canopy. Maybe spot a woodpecker at work. These two Smoky Mtns photos illustrate a simple philosophy: look…

Spiritual Sunday: Special Gifts

Morning Majesty

I’ve been working on a small project, and I’m ready to share it. The basic idea is to use Smoky Mountains photos as the context for a short philosophical statement. The statements are about the capacity of nature to lift the spirit. These photos and words can be sent to a loved one or friend…

Always Something New

Morning glow and fog

It’s Spiritual Sunday again, with a couple of Smoky Mountains photos to talk about how there is always something new. Earlier this week I took three hikers up to Newfound Gap early in the morning to start their Appalachian Trail adventure. It was wet and misty, and we all hoped they wouldn’t be facing rain…

Deep Woods

Smoky Mountains photos: Deep Dark Woods

It’s another Spiritual Sunday. Today we are in the Deep Woods. Something about being among Big Trees speaks to a person’s soul. If you’ve ever stood in a grove of California Redwoods, you know the feeling. They’ve lived for so long, and withstood so many of nature’s hardships. They tower above their peers, leaving you…

Spring Snowcap

Smoky Mountains Spring Snowcap

Last week we had a Spiritual Sunday with dramatic light out in Cades Cove. This week’s Spiritual Sunday features the dramatic conditions that came with an early spring cold-snap and snow in the high elevations. There were wonderful opportunities for Smoky Mountains photos from many of the overlooks around the Smokies. The photo above was…

Spiritual Sunday: Cades Cove Meditation

Spiritual Light in Cades Cove

It’s a Spiritual Sunday in late April, and today we’re just out for a walk and stopping for a meditation on the beauty of a spring day in Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains. Most people who come to the Smokies pay a visit to Cades Cove, and for good reason … it may be…

Spiritual Sunday: Sunrise Solitude

Smoky Mountains photo: sunrise solitude

This is one of those special times. The Rosy Fingers of Dawn seeping into the sky above the Smoky Mountains.  The cabins coming to life, greeting the day with their own lights. You can just stand here for a while and watch the moments unfold, with the light changing by the second until finally a…

Featured Photo: Spiritual Light

Smoky-Mountains-Sunset

Spiritual Light is one of my Smoky Mountains photos taken from the Morton Overlook near Newfound Gap. The dramatic rays of sunset filtering through the trees lasted only a moment or two, so I had to be quick with the camera! The vantage point from Morton Overlook is good for sunset photos during the summer…

Spiritual Sunday: Mountain Meditation

Morning Meditation © William Britten use with permission only

Smoky Mountains meditation on a Spiritual Sunday. My wife Sarah likes to meditate. She can be miles away while sitting quietly in our little cabin. Getting away without going away.  Getting away to get in touch. Paradoxically removing oneself from everything in order to be totally present. I’ve tried meditating over the years, but have…

A Wedding in the Cove

Robert and Julia

I don’t normally do weddings, or even portraits. But a few weeks ago Julia contacted me, saying that her fiance Robert was returning from duty in Afghanistan and they would be married in Cades Cove.  She liked my Smoky Mountain landscapes and asked if I could take some photos like the ones on my web…

Finding Deep Peace in Wild Places

Deep Peace in the Smokies

These are stressful times. So much strife in the world, polarized beliefs, and intolerance. Some days it’s too much for a sensitive person, and I have to turn off the news and turn off my thoughts. I use nature, and the grand expanse of Smoky Mountains at my doorstep, to recalibrate and rebalance. I feel…

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