Forced ourselves to wake up at 5 in the morning to watch the sunrise even after driving 10+ hours the day before and barely getting enough sleep. We drove up to Clingmans Dome which is the highest point in the Smoky’s at 6,600 feet. This was the sight that greeted us a few minutes after we walked up to the tower view deck. The clouds and the fog made the scene all the more dramatic and magnificent.
Post sunset layers and hues. The window of time between sunset and actual night time is probably one of my favorite times to shoot. All the colors and beautiful light transform the scene into something so utterly different.
Hiking along a section of the Appalachian Trail - which is approximately 2,200 miles long and spans from Georgia through Maine. The trails were snow capped and sometimes ice capped in several sections which made the scenery all the more interesting. I did an 8 mile loop on this day and merely saw 2 pairs of hikers. It was so easy to get lost in one’s thoughts and enjoy the solitude.