Deep Peace in the Smokies

Deep Peace in the Smokies © William Britten use with permission only

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 lucky to live in such a spiritual place.

My Smoky Mountains photos reflect this search for deep peace and reassurance in nature. The image above especially captures the dark and moody woods juxtaposed with the bright and hopeful morning sunlight. It’s a place to sit by the never-ending cascade and contemplate the cycles of life. The sunlight changes by the minute and yet is forever the same. The rocks sit in the stream for eons, and yet they too are following a cycle of upheaval and settling.

The next time you visit the Smokies, try pulling off the road to sit by the deep woods cascades of the Roaring Fork or the awesome views of Cades Cove. And please consider a stop at the William Britten Gallery on the historic Arts and Crafts Trail along Glades Road in Gatlinburg. In my complete display of Smoky Mountains photos you may find a special memory to remember the peace of the mountains.

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  1. Cathy Norris

    What a beautiful image, that reminds me that even in the darkest of days there is always hope. That hope is what sustains me through the tough challenges of life. Thank you for sharing your photos! There is no place I would rather be than in the mountains. I always feel closer to God when I am there.

  2. Kristina Plaas

    I couldn’t have said it better myself. What a perfect image and thought for a Sunday morning!

  3. Yvonne

    Your photos are stunning. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Running water places is a great way to cleanse your thoughts and renew your spirit.

  4. Bill

    Thanks for your thoughts and comments … always appreciated!

  5. Margaret

    Yes, we go to the Smokies to recharge!! I too feel so close to God when I am there. The mountains is my church!

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