Great Smoky Mountains 2015 – Part 3

One of the things I look forward to when I get to the Smoky Mountains is the chance to photograph a sunrise/sunset or two.  You really need some “big” scenery for this type of image, at least “bigger” than the scenery I have close to home.  The first image is a sunset from the parking lot at Clingman’s Dome – the highest point in the park.  We had spent the afternoon at Mingo Falls in the Cherokee Reservation on the NC side, and just made it up to Clingman’s as the sun was setting.  The weather was surprisingly cold with a strong wind chill that put the temperature into the low 30s, so we hung around just long enough to capture the sunset before jumping into to warm cars and heading off for some supper. Nevertheless, a classic Smoky Mountain view.

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My last morning on the trip, we headed off to Foothills Parkway outside Townsend, TN in hopes of a decent sunrise. We were fortunate that there was some low lying fog in the valley, because there was very little color in the sky.

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My last photograph on this trip as the sun begins to break over the Smoky Mountains.

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After a breakfast at Elvira’s Café (highly recommended), I headed back home for a day before driving to Milford, PA to attend a fall color workshop with Joe Brady, leaving the rest of the photo buddies, who spent another four days together in the park.

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