A classic Smoky Mountains morning. The signature blue haze, the tops of the ridges warming with orange as the sun approaches the horizon. How many of the receding ridges can you count? Twelve or thirteen at least. Dawn comes very slowly here. You can leave Gatlinburg in the dark and drive the 15 miles or so to the overlook. Bring along a thermos of coffee and park your car right in front of this view. First there’s a glow in the sky, then the ridges start to get detail. Soon the morning mist and the purples and oranges define the layers of the mountains. Wow! Click on the photo above to see a larger version.
This photo was taken from the Oconaluftee Overlook, just past Newfound Gap in the Smokies. We’re looking east into North Carolina. This is an especially fine spot for early morning photography … one of the most accessible in the Smoky Mountains for a photograph like this. And this is only half of the total view! The other side of the panorama can be seen in one of my featured photos, Listening to Silence.
I’d love to show you the entire display of photographs at the William Britten Gallery in Gatlinburg. Please stop in if you can during your next visit to the Smokies.