Gatlinburg Sunrise

Sunrise over the mountains around Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  October 14, 2013.

Sunrise over the mountains around Gatlinburg, Tennessee. October 14, 2013.

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

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A couple of weeks ago Betsy and I got up very early in the morning to drive to the Smokies.  We knew that if we could get to the Gatlinburg Bypass, we might catch the sun coming up over the mountains, and if we were really lucky, we might capture some fog in the valley.  You can judge how well we did from the picture above.

Mist in the valley near Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  October 14, 2013.

Mist in the valley near Gatlinburg, Tennessee. October 14, 2013.

We had to get up at 4 o’clock in the morning to make it to the bypass by sunrise.  At least the traffic through Knoxville was fairly light at that hour of the morning.

Early morning sunlight from the Gatlinburg Bypass, Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  October 14, 2013.

Early morning sunlight from the Gatlinburg Bypass, Gatlinburg, Tennessee. October 14, 2013.

As we stood at the overlook getting these pictures we decided getting up that early was worthwhile, but I must admit that we slept in the next morning.

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25 Responses to “Gatlinburg Sunrise”

  1. Blackberry Lane Says:

    Absolutely beautiful pics, George. Have a nice weekend.

  2. MadSnapper Says:

    that first one is stunning, George. the fog down low, the light painting the top… just gorgeous and worth it

  3. Rajesh Says:

    Beautiful sunrise images. Love the change in the nature in each of the images.

  4. I Am Woody Says:

    Wow!! The light is just perfect!! 4am? You guys are crazy!!

  5. sylviakirks Says:

    What a beautiful, wonderful way to start the day — any day!! Terrific captures and I do love the fog!! Thanks for sharing the beauty, George!! Have a great weekend — hopefully without too many fallen leaves!!

  6. MaryBeth Says:

    Great captures. Love watching the fog roll in and sun burning it off. MB

  7. Linda at To Behold the Beauty Says:

    Pictures like this could almost make an early riser out of me. 🙂

  8. ladyfi Says:

    Wow – that was early but well worth it! Gorgeous photos.

  9. Ms. A Says:

    I have a difficult time with early, but I sure might stay up to see something like this. Then I could go to bed and sleep until sunset. Glad you were able to do it and share it with me!

  10. rhiebert Says:

    Yes,you did well on that adventure. These pictures are stunning.

  11. Ginny Hartzler Says:

    The fog is beautiful. I would have gone straight back and to bed afterward!

  12. Eileen Says:

    Looks like a great outing! Beautiful sunrise shots, George!

  13. dayphoto Says:

    I am so happy you got up EARLY!!!!! for us! That is just outstanding! I love the clouds/fog and the sun and all of the mountains!!

    Linda
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  14. uberrhund Says:

    Completely captivating views!

  15. Photoblogista Says:

    Wow! That was really worth getting up early for. The landscape and lighting are wonderful! Great shots you’ve captured there.

  16. Linda W. Says:

    Gorgeous! We rarely get up that early.

  17. Carletta Says:

    Well worth getting up for! I would have had to have a nap in the afternoon. 🙂
    Beautiful shots!

  18. Sonnja Says:

    You have make beautiful photos!
    Greetings, RW & SK

  19. alskamom Says:

    Beautiful photos, George!

  20. Cheryl Lorrain Says:

    As always, beautiful and inspiring photos!

  21. Gardener on Sherlock Street Says:

    The world is just best earlier in the morning. Beautiful photos!

  22. Coloring Outside the Lines Says:

    Awesome shots George!

  23. Rose Says:

    Oh, George, these are such wonderful shots!!! So beautiful. I guess the early bird does get the worm….err, sunrise.

  24. Mary Says:

    Wonderful photos of the sunrise! Such a beautiful landscape! Gorgeous!

  25. indrani Says:

    The light is just breaking through the clouds one can see that. Great shots!

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