Cades Cove Morning

Cades Cove Morning © William Britten use with permission only

Cades Cove Morning is a fairly new addition to the William Britten Gallery, taken from Hyatt Lane in the Cades Cove section of the Smoky Mountains. This photo was taken just after 7:00, when the morning was bathed in a golden, syrupy light, and the mist still lingering on the valley floor.

This photo draws the viewer into the scene with a series of triangles along the lower part. Low-angled sunlight creates dramatic shadows and contrast. The mist scooting along the valley floor is just icing on the cake! As often happens with a successful photo, conditions were perfect on this day. I went back just a few days later to see if I could improve on the photo, but the Park Service had trimmed the grass around the fence posts! And there was no mist on the second day.

Cades Cove Morning is offered in all sizes. Details of sizes and pricing can be found on at the bottom of the How to Buy page.

Please stop in and visit me to see the complete display of Smoky Mountains Photography at the William Britten Gallery in Gatlinburg, TN. There may be a Smokies photo memory for you to take home with you.

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  1. David Jolley

    Beautiful. Captures the feeling of early morning in Cades Cove.

  2. jerry myers

    beatiful, the kind of pics i like fog outdoors, mountains,things only nature can give.

  3. Melody Shields-Bullis

    This is one of my favorites. My husband and I want to jump in the car and take off to the Smokies just looking at your beautiful photo!!!

  4. Kay Blount

    Take me home country roads, take me home….. Cades Cove is like a second home to me…. Hyatt Lane holds alot of good memories as well…. thank you so much for this picture….

  5. Tom Goodwin

    William Britten,

    I have often admired your wonderful photographs of Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains.

    I am the son-in-law of Dot and Ralph Egli who began renting chalets quite by accident in 1972. Dot and Ralph have successfully contributed to the Gatlinburg community for over 50 years and now that the business has been given to the children, we are taking seriously the opportunity to steward such a treasure.

    We have initiated a re-branding effort of Mountain Laurel Chalets to capture the essence of the company and its contribution to families over 43 years, and hopefully a wonderful contribution to the Gatlinburg community. You might check out our website to see the progress. Also this video was recently released with tells the Mountain Laurel story.

    As we prepare for a new release of our website, we are looking for select partners to join with us in an effort to tell the story of Gatlinburg and Mountain Laurel Chalets and I cannot help but think that your work would be a wonderful addition to our website.

    Would you be interested in sharing some of your photos for use on our website in exchange for advertising a link to your studio and website? We are limiting this to one local photographer and we think your selection would fit well with what we are trying to accomplish on our website. Credits would be given to your photos with information on how to purchase the photos.

    If you are interested in such an agreement, could you please contact me directly on my cell phone to begin a conversation?

    Thank you so much for your consideration.

    Tom Goodwin

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