This week we awoke to what has been a rare sight this winter: a blanket of snow! However, the forecast was for temperatures in the 50s, so I scampered out to take some Smoky Mountains photos of the winter scenery before it all disappeared. My plan was to head up to Newfound Gap, stopping at the various overlooks along the way, but that road was closed, so I headed west along Little River Road … just driving and enjoying the snow and beauty.
The panorama above was taken from one of the parking areas along Little River Road as it climbs west of the Sugarlands Visitor Center towards the Laurel Falls trailhead. If you click on the image above, there is a larger version that will open. The photo below was just up from the overlook. The sunrise shot posted earlier this week was also in this area. Eventually the road to Newfound Gap opened, and I was able to get some more shots which I’ll post later.
There may not be much snow, but it’s a quiet, peaceful, and beautiful time of year to visit the Smokies. If you do, come on out to the William Britten Gallery along the historic Arts and Crafts Loop on Glades Rd. in Gatlinburg. You’ll find my complete display of Smoky Mountains photos, and there may be a special memory for you to take home with you.