Friday, January 14, 2011

The Smokies in the Spring



(This picture can be enlarged by clicking on it.)

In May, 2009, Betsy and I traveled from Cherokee, North Carolina, to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, on Newfound Gap road. Along the way we stopped at an overlook, where I got this picture. According to the weather reporters these mountains are now covered in snow. I much prefer the Spring colors.

49 comments:

Betty Manousos @ CUT AND DRY said...

What a peaceful picture!
Thanks for sharing it.

♥Kathy♥ said...

Beautiful. YOu can understand why so many songs, stories and poems are written about the mountains.

rainfield61 said...

Really? So many songs, stories and poems have been written about the mountains.

Interesting!!

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Such a gorgeous view...I much prefer this to the snow also...Have a great weekend George!!!

Fred Alton said...

What beauty! I'm in the Smokies on a regular basis and never cease to be refreshed by the beauty I see here.

Ginny said...

Beautiful. It kind of reminds me of my mountains.

Mildred said...

Very pretty and peaceful. Have a nice weekend.

Lily Riani said...

if i get to go where i plan to go this march (in north asia), i hope to take pics as beautiful as this.

Small City Scenes said...

Ah Spring. Isn't it just around the corner. MB

KathyA said...

Me, too, George. Those verdant hills hold so much more comfort than the all white!

Busy Bee Suz said...

Oh my goodness George, this is absolutely gorgeous!!!

Life Ramblings said...

what a breathtaking view. love the colours, it's so refreshing to look at.

Pat - Arkansas said...

What a lovely vista! I'm with you; I'd much rather see Spring colors than snow.

Happyone :-) said...

A spectacular view. I too would rather see the spring look than the cold white one!

imac said...

Very nice George, I think snow on top of mountains just put the top on it,lol.

Sandra said...

i think right now most of the country can say they prefer these beautiful spring colors. to much white going on in the south

Kay said...

Now that is one beautiful photo.

Kay

-teri said...

Layer upon layer of green and blue. Craving the colors of summer as well. Lovey image- xoxox teri

Scott said...

Oh I'll bet they are beautiful under a blanket of the white stuff too. Great layers here, so green and nice to view.

Maria said...

the image is so peaceful! simply wonderful! love the mountains so much. I spend every year a month just walking in the mountains with my husband. It's my fave time of the year. Have a wonderful weekend, George!

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Regina said...

Beautiful capture!
Love the scenery.
Happy weekend.

A Lady's Life said...

Breath taking I can just imagine the cherokees living in there.
Amazing how life has changed.
I think to spend a week end in a teepee by a river would just be the greatest experience.

misslynda said...

I know I said it before but I LOVE our mountains! You showed a beautiful side of them.

EG Wow said...

It sure is gorgeous in the spring!

Jen said...

I vote for Spring too!
Pretty shot George-have a great weekend.

KleinsteMotte said...

With 65 days till spring. love you snap.

KleinsteMotte said...

With 65 days till spring. love you snap.

Kay said...

Yes George, all 7 of the dwarfs are there "holding" up the building. It's really cute. It's a Disney Studios building in Burbank, CA.

Kay

SandyCarlson said...

Spring. I am thinking of the work nature does to get there. I appreciate this all the more as I take it in from underneath 28 inches of new snow.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Wow! Breathtaking view!!

Janie said...

The mountains are beautiful in all the shades of green and blue. I'll bet it's pretty in its winter coat, too, but driving on snowy roads would not be fun.
Hope you have a great weekend and get a break from shoveling snow for awhile!

Magia da Inês said...

Olá, amigo!
Que imagem mais linda!!!
Fiquei algum tempo sem vir aqui e vejo que perdi a oportunidade de admirar fotos maravilhosas...
Amigo, bom fim de semana com muita paz, saúde e inspiração para novas fotos.
Beijinhos.
Brasil ♥
♥♥ °º
° ·.

Leovi said...

Wonderful landscape a nice picture.

~mel said...

They are beautiful ~ and I'm sure they are also very beautiful covered with snow ... but ... given a choice to see them (possibly soon) I hope the snow is gone. I've seen enough snow up here to last a life time.

Reader Wil said...

This photo is very good! Its composition and the many different hues of green and blue! Very beautiful if enlarged.
Thank you for your visit and comment on the flood in Queensland. Now it is Brazil we have to pray for. The situation over there is very bad.

teca said...

Wonderful indeed!

And I prefer de Spring colors too! And the warm weather.

Hugs.

Carletta said...

I hope I make to the Smokies this spring/summer; but I'd love to see the mountains covered in snow. Not sure I'd like driving those curves though. :)
Beautiful spring shot George!

LV said...

I wish it were spring and I was in this place. I love the Smokey Mountains.

THE OLD GEEZER said...

I'll take The Springtime over the snow time anytime!

~Ron

Ben said...

It's good to think about spring as we sit here where we have had snow on the ground for what seems like Weeks. We went from Gatlinburg to Cherokee a couple summers ago, then up through the Blue Ridge and Skyline Drive. Gorgeous.

troutbirder said...

I've got to go back and revisit this beautiful country. We camped at Smokey Mountain N.P. many years ago. I got sick and missed the "synchronous firefly" display which according to all reports was absolutely spectacular.

Chris said...

Thank you George for showing us a lovely picture of spring

Darla said...

What a wonderful sight for mid January! Just gorgeous..

Ann said...

http://annkschin.blogspot.com/2011/01/save-world-save-wharf.html

Hi George, I guess from your stay in China, you know that when a disciple wants to respectively request his master/tutor to become his disciple, he needs to present his work. Only when the master deems the work are up to standard, then he will take him as the student.

I feel like I am your wanna be student. I had the perfect opportunity to take the photo, but the technique just wasn't good enough.

Should I go at mid day? so i don't get reflections? I took this photo about 3.30pm summer time.

Kim, USA said...

For now I am so ready for Spring ^_^

Scenic Sunday Shadow

mountain.mama said...

It looks like I'm not the only one tired of winter. That is some gorgeous scenery! Thanks for always commenting on my blog, George and give Betsy my love.

Tootie said...

George I have traveled that same route several times and I love it too. Your photo looks like an oil painting.

Brit Gal Sarah said...

Wow that's a wonderful spot to take a picture, the mountains just look gorgeous.

Craver Vii said...

WOW! That view takes my breath away! That should be printed poster-sized and displayed somewhere.