Scenic Sunday #121: Cataloochie Valley

Mist in the Cataloochee Valley, North Carolina. October 20, 2010.



This is my post for the Scenic Sunday meme, which shares beautiful scenes from around the world.  To see more Scenic Sunday posts, or to join and show your own pictures, click HERE.

I posted about the elk we saw in the Cataloochee Valley of the Smoky Mountains a couple of weeks ago.  But our visit to the valley was scenic for more reasons than the elk.  The morning of our visit was foggy and misty, which showed one explanation for the name of the mountains surrounding the valley.

The picture above was taken at the meadow along Ranger Station Road where we saw the largest herd of elk.  The picture is looking east past the meadow.

This second photo is taken from another meadow on the same road.  This meadow is past the Caldwell House and this photo looks northeast.

The southwest view from the same meadow gave this picture of the mountains amid mist and clouds .

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16 Responses to “Scenic Sunday #121: Cataloochie Valley”

  1. Sylvia Kirkwood Says:

    Oh, I love the mist and fog mixing in with the gorgeous colors of fall! Such beautiful mountains! I would love to visit there! Marvelous post and photos, as always, George! Hope you have a great week!


  2. Karin Says:

    George, the first photo is just amazing, with the mist and fog. It looks like an amazing painting to me with its muted colors. Just GORGEOUS photos!

  3. Tricia Says:

    It’s so beautiful there – It would take hours for me to drive through, cuz I’d have to stop every couple hundred feet or so to take a picture!! Heheheee

  4. Ginny Hartzler Says:

    They should have named them the Misty Mountains or The Foggy Mountains. Spookily beautiful photos, rather haunting.

  5. diane Says:

    Great scenic shots. I love the last one with the red meadow. They are super shots when enlarged. Can you make them bigger on your post?

  6. Mildred Says:

    Really beautiful photos George. I enjoyed these so very much.

  7. bertN Says:

    It is hard to beat those views.

  8. Susie Says:

    Oh I love foggy mornings like that in the mountains George. So pretty and peaceful.

  9. MaryBeth Says:

    Fall colors and lingering mist. gorgeous shots, George.
    A truly beautiful area. MB

  10. Linnea Says:

    That lingering mist really adds an element of softness to this scene. It’s simply lovely and could be an old oil painting! Thanks for visiting mine. Enjoy the day George.

  11. Kathy Says:

    I can almost feel that mist on my face now!

  12. Debi Says:

    Truly gorgeous! I love North Carolina. Elk! I’ve never seen one and now I know I must make the trip northward back to the mountains and search for them! Found you on Scenic Sunday and am glad I did – I’ll be back!

  13. ewok1993 Says:

    I love images that have mists/fog in them. They are so magical to me. Have a lovely week ahead. Regards to Betsy.

  14. Neal Says:

    I almost posted pictures like yours because I think they are so beautiful.

  15. busy bee suz Says:

    The mist and the fog are a perfect setting for a scary movie….and good one. 🙂

  16. Rose Says:

    I love any picture with mist/fog, but am really partial to the mountains of East Tennessee, North Carolina area.

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