The picture above is from Mortons Overlook near the top of Newfound Gap Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Looking down the valley towards Gatlinburg, you can see the Chimney Tops towards the upper left of the image. You can also see many dead fir trees. As many friends of the Smoky Mountains know, an invasive species called the Woolly Adelgid has attacked fir trees with devastating results.
Up on Clingmans Dome the destruction is even more evident. For years to come our experience of the high-elevation Smoky Mountains will be one of grand vistas punctuated with nevergreen skeletons.