Scenic Sunday: Autumn in the Smokies

Sun breaking through the clouds above Gatlinburg, Tennessee. October 14, 2011.

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Last Friday Betsy and I got up before dawn so we could visit the Smoky Mountains in search of some color.  Although we had had some rain and many clouds on Thursday, the weatherman said Friday would be beautiful with clearing skies.  So we took the chance and decided to make the drive.

I’m glad we did.  It was cloudy at daylight, but we were treated to the sight of the sun breaking through the clouds over Gatlinburg while at an overlook above the city.  What a great way to start the day!

The Smoky Mountains on the North Carolina side of the park along Newfound Gap Road. October 14, 2011.

We drove up the mountain to Newfound Gap on the Tennessee-North Carolina border, and then down the mountain into North Carolina.  A few miles past the Gap we stopped at an overlook to enjoy this fantastic view.

Autumn color and blue skies in the Smoky mountains in Tennessee. October 14, 2011.

When I lived in North Carolina we would say that God must have been a Tarheel because He made the sky Carolina Blue.  But Tennessee has some beautiful blue skies as well.  I captured this picture on the Tennessee side of Newfound Gap as we were heading back home.

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23 Responses to “Scenic Sunday: Autumn in the Smokies”

  1. Ginny Hartzler Says:

    Beautiful oranges and golds! And those sun rays can be so hard to capture!

  2. Ms. A Says:

    How beautiful! That first one is amazing, with the rays of sunlight coming through the clouds and the layering of mountains. Love it!

  3. Sylvia Kirkwood Says:

    These are breathtaking captures, George! The colors are gorgeous and I do love the rays of sunlight coming through the clouds, as does Ms. A! Really incredibly beautiful! Have a great week!


  4. Joyful Says:

    Absolutely stunning!

  5. Sandra Says:

    God’s Grandeur never ceases to amaze me!

  6. mary Says:

    Lovely! I laughed when I saw yours and Betsy’s titles side by side on my sidebar. Did you write them at the same time? Fall or Autumn… we choose which to call it based on where we grew up? I guess I say “fall” most of the time, but “autumn” has such a nice poetic sound.

  7. CottonLady Says:

    Gorgeous Fall photos! We mere humans can hardly take in all the beauty. The colors were in full show in parts of Alaska, too, when I was there. I love our Fall colors!


  8. Tricia Says:

    That IS a beautiful blue sky, esp in contrast to the gorgeous fall colors, but the white puffy clouds and a blue sky is my fave… I love taking pics on those days! =)

    happy week, George

  9. Busy Bee Suz Says:

    Such gorgeous color…the trees and the skies!!!! Thanks for sharing.

  10. dayphoto Says:

    I agree! Your photos are just amazing!


  11. NCMountainwoman Says:

    Great photographs, George. I think the first one is my favorite.

  12. The Incredible Woody Says:

    What a perfect day to be in the Smokies! Makes me miss living in Knoxville and our frequent jaunts to the mountains!

  13. Ruth Says:

    Wow,these are gorgeous scenes.

  14. ladyfi Says:

    What fabulously colourful scenes! Wonderful shots, especially the light in the first one.

  15. MarieClara Says:

    Oh wow! I never imagined Tennessee is so breath-taking! 🙂 I wish I can be there soon.

    Visiting from Marie’s Thoughts

  16. Pam Says:

    Nature painted a spectacular picture for you and Betsy to enjoy along your Smokey Mountain ride.

    Thanks for sharing the beauty George.. sigh 🙂

  17. madrassi Says:

    wow! mesmerizing a lot. Love the autumn colors and sun peeking through clouds amid mountains. Beautiful friend 🙂

  18. Linnea Says:

    Those really are stunning scenic shots George. You live in such a beautiful part of our country, especially with autumn approaching. It’s still pretty “boring” round here, weatherwise and colorwise! Enjoy the week!

  19. Rose Says:

    That first image is amazing….just so wonderful!

  20. Loren Says:

    WOW George!! Your 1st picture is simply GORGEOUS!! I LOVE it!! The others are beautiful and the colors of the trees just make your mouth fall to the floor! 😉 Really, they are stunning!

    When I was a little girl my Nana lived in Carthage, MO and they always had gorgeous trees in the fall. Nana would allow me to go pick some leaves and come in and we would iron them in some wax paper. Such good memories 🙂

  21. sartenada Says:

    Terrific photos. Although photos with fall colors are beautiful, I love most the first photo. It is awesome and there is something “biblical” in it.

  22. Judy Says:

    George, I love the crepuscular rays in that first shot, and the layers and layers of hills! And then the breath-taking colours in the other shots!

  23. Neal Says:

    Wow George…you outdid yourself on these….all are gorgeous.

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