Listening to Silence © William Britten use with permission only

Listening to Silence © William Britten use with permission only

A commitment is required to experience the quiet grandeur of a Smoky Mountains dawn such as this. With close to an hour drive from the Gatlinburg area, it’s a very early wake-up call. And it’s a gamble, since on any given day you may experience only dense fog at the mile-high elevation. But the rewards can be enormous as you witness the beginning of one single day on planet Earth. The colors changing so fast you can’t take your eyes away. The ridges appearing out of the gloom with their soft pillow of fog, more than a dozen of them adding to the sense of depth in this picture.

Listening to Silence is one of my more recent Smoky Mountains photos. It was taken from the Oconaluftee Valley Overlook on the Newfound Gap road, looking east into North Carolina at sunrise. This is a picture that can command a large space, a picture that you can stand in front of and get lost inside it. It’s offered in all sizes, including the largest 20×30. Details of sizes and pricing can be found on the How to Buy page.

Like most of my photographs, Listening to Silence is quiet and contemplative.  It has a way of drawing you into an easy-going, meditative space. And it has an almost magical quality of changing as the light in a room changes. Any light, whether from a lamp or a window, will cause this photo to glow.

If time allows during your Smokies vacation, please stop in and visit me to see the complete display of Smoky Mountains Photos at the William Britten Gallery on Glades Rd in Gatlinburg, TN. There may be a special mountain memory for you to take home with you!

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  1. Lisa

    This makes me feel like Im back in my beloved mountains. Beautiful.

  2. kristie

    WOW!!! There’s no place like home. Beautiful.

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