SkyWatch Friday: Mountains and Clouds

The view from the Oconaluftee Valley overlook, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina. October 14, 2011.

(Note:  All pictures may be enlarged by clicking on them once or twice.)

This is my post for Skywatch Friday, a meme for sharing views of the sky from all over the world.  To see more, or to join and share your own photos of the sky, click HERE.

Betsy and I try to get to the Smokies several times a year to enjoy the mountains and the colors.  But the sky is almost always as beautiful as the mountains.  This was the case in mid-October.

We drove Newfound Gap Road from Gatlinburg, Tennessee, into North Carolina.  Once we got into North Carolina we stopped at the Oconaluftee Valley overlook.  There were still clouds left over from the overcast morning,  There was still a smoky appearance to the mountains, but what would you expect when visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park?

The view from the Webb overlook, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina. October 14, 2011.

By the time we got to the Webb overlook, the sky was much bluer.  The mountains seemed to stretch as far as the eye could see.

Webb overlook, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina. October 14, 2011.

The skies were definitely beautiful that day, but then too, so were the mountains.


On a personal note, Betsy and I are taking a few of days off for some much-needed R&R.  We hope you all will have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  We’ll see you after Thanksgiving.

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29 Responses to “SkyWatch Friday: Mountains and Clouds”

  1. Ms. A Says:

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, George and Betsy!

  2. Tanya Says:

    amazing views! we’ll get down that way one of these days! have a great Thanksgiving!!

  3. Pam Says:

    You photos are gorgeous, George. Its hard to imagine anything in nature being more breathtaking than Autumn leaves in the mountains.
    Thank you for my Autumn dose of mountain beauty that I miss soo much.

    You and Betsy remain in my prayers for good health and happiness, George. Enjoy your R&R together and the blessings of the Thanksgiving season,

  4. Sandra Says:

    stunning views. now say can you say Oconaluftee three times really fast?

  5. Leovi Says:

    Beautiful scenery, I like the sharpness of the images and colors as highlights. The sky truly exquisite. Greetings.

  6. Tricia Says:

    I really like the contrast between the leaves & that blue sky in the last shot… gorgeous!

    A great big Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours… God bless ya’ll!!! =)

  7. Ginny Hartzler Says:

    Even though the sky is not as brilliant as in the other two, my favorite is the first picture! What a silly name for that valley! But I’m thinking it must be Native American and mean something.

  8. Rajesh Says:

    Beautiful shots of puffy cloudy sky over the mountains.

  9. Ruth Hiebert Says:

    Awesome scenes.

  10. Kim,USA Says:

    Awesome shot George. Ours here is gone and snow is here. ^_^


  11. Indrani Says:

    Lovely sky for travel.
    Great shots.

  12. Karin Says:

    Stunning photos you’ve captured – just the right time and place! Those puffy clouds are always a joy for me. Wishing you and Betsy a fabulous Thanksgiving time! Good health, good food, good fellowship!

  13. ann nz Says:

    It is interesting to see less and less of thecloud as we scroll down your photos.

  14. Larry Says:

    Great shots George. I need to hire you guys to teach how to use my camera.

  15. lina @women's perspectives Says:

    Stunning mountain views…

  16. Judy Says:

    George, this is one thing I can always count on, with you! The layers upon layers of mountains!! I love these photos!!
    And in the next post, I love the sunlight through the leaves!!

  17. Honest Abe Says:

    Very nice shots.

  18. dayphoto Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! I love your clouds, mountains and the fall colors!


  19. NCMountainwoman Says:

    Perfect photographs! Happy Thanksgiving to you and to Betsy.

  20. mary Says:

    Love those clouds! Beautiful! Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  21. Neal Says:

    Very beautiful George. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Betsy. Don’t eat too much!!! 🙂

  22. Rose Says:

    These could not be any better….looks like it was the perfect day.

  23. sartenada Says:

    Lovely views George. Your photos are great joy for my eyes!

  24. firasz Says:

    Beautiful shots very well composed!!!

  25. ladyfi Says:

    Wow! Majestic and glorious shots!

  26. madrassi Says:

    breathtaking views… beautiful shots. Have a great time and enjoy the Thanksgiving 🙂

  27. Loren Says:

    Awesome pictures George…

    Hope you and Betsy have a Blessed and Very Happy thanksgiving!

  28. tmhHoover Says:

    Your images are so majestic.
    i hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.xo ter

  29. Reader Wil Says:

    You must have had a wonderful time in this beautiful country of yours. Thanks for sharing and also for your visit, George!

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