SkyWatch Friday: Smoky Mountains Sky

Afternoon sky in the Smoky Mountains, North Carolina. January 31, 2012.

(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.

A rock slide closed the interstate on the morning Betsy and I were coming home from Asheville, North Carolina.  Our choices for alternate routes were a very long detour on the interstates or a drive through the Smoky Mountains.  We considered our choices for about two seconds and headed for the Smokies.

The day started out with clear blue skies, but clouds developed in the afternoon.  I snapped this picture of the sky and mountains at an overlook on Newfound Gap road in North Carolina.  You have to look closely, but you can see the sunbeams that attracted my attention.  It took us longer to get home than it would have if we had taken the interstate, but the scenery certainly couldn’t be beat.

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18 Responses to “SkyWatch Friday: Smoky Mountains Sky”

  1. Reader Wil Says:

    It’s an impressive sky! I love mountains! You have no canals and windmills alongside, but we have no mountains, more is the pity.
    Have a great weekend and kind regards to Betsy!

  2. diane Says:

    I just love your Smokey Mountains and the lovely skies.

  3. Sandra Says:

    i much prefer off interstate roads, this is beautiful and this time the sky outdid the mountains in beauty.

  4. Rajesh Says:

    Very scenic. The longer route is definitely worth.

  5. Indrani Says:

    Cool. cloudy and breezy day I guess.

  6. Sylvia Kirkwood Says:

    What a beautiful place, gorgeous skies and a terrific capture for the day as always, George! I would so love to visit there!! Wishing you and Betsy a lovely weekend! Enjoy!

    Sylvia

  7. Ms. A Says:

    George, that is cool! Looks like the clouds have been combed! Beautiful!

  8. Tatjana Parkacheva Says:

    Beautiful view.

    Regards and best wishes

  9. Rose Says:

    this is a wonderful capture!

  10. Ruth Hiebert Says:

    Beautiful scene. I know you made the right choice to take that road.

  11. Happyone Says:

    Great looking scene. Beautiful!!

  12. Jewaicious Says:

    What a beautiful capture of serenity. The Smokey Mountains are always lovely.

  13. Regina Says:

    Beautiful scene!
    happy weekend.

  14. Maple Lane Says:

    The beauty of the sky never ceases to amaze me. Wonderful pic you have shared.

  15. Peter B Says:

    Never been to the Smokey Mountains… very beautiful shot!

  16. Leovi Says:

    Beautiful sky, very pretty picture. regards

  17. Carletta Says:

    George, I hope folks do click to enlarge your pics. This one is so lovely with the texture of the clouds and you even managed to get a contrail as well.
    I wonder the kind of view that jet pilot had. 🙂

  18. Leovi Says:

    I never tire of seeing this wonderful landscape of North Carolina.

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