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Early morning drive on the Newfound Gap road

Traffic and clouds at Newfound Gap Overlook made things interesting for night photos. Love that place!

Sunrise at Luftee Gap in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Luftee Gap is located just south of Newfound Gap along US 441 in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Some of the moutains you see looking to the east are Richland Mountain, Becks Bald, and Big Cataloochee Mountain which is over 15 miles away.

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The seasons transition in a vivid way along the ridges of the Great Smoky Mountains (Newfound Gap Road-North Carolina).

Another gorgeous sunrise from the Smoky Mountains, just beyond Newfound Gap in NC looking southeast.

 

EXPLORE on October 6, 2011

 

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Sunset at Newfound Gap in the Great Smokey Mountains.

 

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I left early from Georgia Tech to make it over US441 before the big snow storm closed the road. I made it to Newfound Gap around 330 PM, and the road to Clingman's Dome had already been shut down. My goal was to reach a stretch on the TN of the road that always has amazing color late in the fall season (the color you see here is the tree tops of that section). I couldn't resist passing up this overlook, though. It's very likely that it's already snowing in those clouds hugging the mountains tops. The highest elevations in the park ended up receiving over 18 inches of snow! Rarely do you get to see such a stark contrast of seasons as you did this particular weekend.

Even though it rained most of the day, the colors were still vibrant in the lower elevations outside of Gatlinburg, TN. Not so at the higher elevations around Newfound Gap. At that point, it appeared that most of the leaves had fallen.

Great Smoky Mountain National Park in October

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This is a similar shot to a previous picture I posted, taken from the same spot, except here I intentionally tried to capture the motion of the cars as they traveled up and down the road. Maybe such a shot with cars is appropriate, since I leave in a few hours to make the long drive from Atlanta to Chicago...then fly from Chicago to Dallas, back to Chicago, and only to drive back to Atlanta - all in the next two weeks!

 

This is a spot in Great Smoky Mountains National Park that I'll be sure to return to at the same time next year. The sheer magnitude of colors in the trees in this short stretch of US441 near the Chimney Tops picnic area is astounding; I've never seen anything quite like it! The newly paved road wasn't as attractive from road-level, so I climbed up the sloping side to get a better view of the road traversing its way through the scene. Even though it was cloudy and I was using a polarizer, I still had to stop the lens down to f22 to get enough exposure to capture several cars. Once the settings are right, it's just a game of waiting for the longest string of cars to come your way - usually precipitated by some slow (obnoxiously so, I'm sure, to the cars behind) truck or van to come rolling down the mountain. They closed the road shortly after this shot was taken, as a snow storm began dumping double-digit inches of snow on the mountain tops.

Taken at Clingman's Dome in the GSMNP. This is the highest point in the Smokies and the highest point on the Appalachian Trail. It was raining all day everywhere I went so I decided to drive above the rain and shoot the tops of the clouds.

Sunlight shines through the fog at Newfound Gap, at the crest of the Newfound Gap Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Conditions at such high elevation can be incredibly dynamic. I arrived here maybe 30 minutes before sunrise, around 7:00 AM, to stake out a location before the inevitable late rising crowds crept in. As is typical for this time of day, Newfound Gap was entirely shrouded in fog. First the sun rose, giving the fog a strange orange glow behind the tree. As the sun rose further, the fog began to break into shrouds hugging the mountain, though still with no view of the distant mountains. Eventually, the fog dissipated enough to provide for this neat phenomena of beams shining through the mist. The fog then cleared, only to be replaced a short time later by more fog rolling in from the TN side of the park. If you’re not happy with the conditions at one of these high elevation Appalachian views, just stick around – it’s liable to change, quickly!

 

I've had a great October filled with many weekends of camping! Unfortunately, I've had to rent lenses most weekends after the unfortunate 17 - 40mm incident on Black Balsam Knob. (I thankfully found a place in Atlanta that rents lenses for a weekend, $25 for a 17 - 40mm). Now I need to take the next few months to save up for some new equipment. I'm having trouble deciding between just sticking with another 17 - 40mm, or going with the new 16 - 35mm f.4. Tough choices!

This short stretch along Newfound Gap Road in Great Smoky Mountains NP is without a doubt the best fall color I've seen anywhere. The deep blacks of the freshly-paved road really add some depth to the shot, in my opinion. This area near the Chimney Tops Picnic Area usually peaks much after other similar elevations (~3000 ft) - usually during the last week of October or first week of November. Last year I drove by here and noticed the color, but wasn't able to spend much time to get the shot I wanted. This year, I specifically planned a visit back here, and it paid off for me when I found the same golden canopy hanging over the road. The richness of color in the GSMNP is only unbelievable to the people who haven't visited during peak leaf season! I really hoped to get back to this spot after the snowstorm, but I couldn't really get back to Gatlinburg because of closed roads (my plan was to hike the several miles up the road to get here - should have stayed in Gatlinburg that night!).

 

Anyway, good news on the broken lens. Even though I declined the repair, it was returned from Canon with the warped/dented front edge of the barrel and filter threads replaced with one that is merely chipped. Some of the glass from the broken filter that made it's way into the lens when the plastic front element pushed upwards has been removed. The lens holds a filter again (with some manipulation), and appears to still take sharp pictures (there was no damage to the lens elements, as far as I could tell). This is good news for me, but bad news for Canon repair - how on earth did they want to charge me $535 to 'fix' the lens, when the product appears to be functional, just needing a new piece of the barrel and a good cleaning? Very confusing, and doesn't speak well for their repair department!

Taken with a Canon Powershot SX40 HS, resized to half the original resolution. Taken from one of the overlooks that commands a view of the valley going back to Gatlinburg as one heads up US 441 toward Newfound Gap.

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biscut from Hardee's=$2.00

Gas in the tank=$42.00

camera gear=um. let's not go there...

Photographing an Autumn Sunrise in the Smokies in North Carolina=PRICELESS!!

 

Oconaluftee Valley Overlook

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GSMNP

Sunrise shot taken near Clingman's Dome. A minute ago there was too much cloud which gives no light, then a minute later there was no more clouds which gives no colours. End of all when the sun is too high up, it becomes too bright and blows out everything. Patience is the key factor to the perfect timing.

Newfound Gap, zoom into North Carolina Smoky Mountains

The name of the area comes from the natural haze that often hangs over it. As in the neighboring Blue Ridge Mountains to the east, hydrocarbons produced by trees and other local vegetation — as well as higher humidity — produce a bluish cast to the sky, even over short distances

This shot seemed magical when I took it. The night sky clear and the low fog on the water. The bright lights of the dam illuminating the shorelines and the water.

 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a United States National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site that straddles the ridgeline of the Great Smoky Mountains, part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are a division of the larger Appalachian Mountain chain. The border between Tennessee and North Carolina runs northeast to southwest through the centerline of the park. It is the most visited national park in the United States. On its route from Maine to Georgia, the Appalachian Trail also passes through the center of the park. The park was chartered by the United States Congress in 1934 and officially dedicated by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1940. It encompasses 522,419 acres (816.28 sq mi; 2,114.15 km2), making it one of the largest protected areas in the eastern United States. The main park entrances are located along U.S. Highway 441 (Newfound Gap Road) at the towns of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and Cherokee, North Carolina. It was the first national park whose land and other costs were paid for in part with federal funds; previous parks were funded wholly with state money or private funds.

 

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a United States National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site that straddles the ridgeline of the Great Smoky Mountains, part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are a division of the larger Appalachian Mountain chain. The border between Tennessee and North Carolina runs northeast to southwest through the centerline of the park. It is the most visited national park in the United States.

 

On its route from Maine to Georgia, the Appalachian Trail also passes through the center of the park. The park was chartered by the United States Congress in 1934 and officially dedicated by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1940. It encompasses 522,419 acres (816.28 sq mi), making it one of the largest protected areas in the eastern United States. The main park entrances are located along U.S. Highway 441 (Newfound Gap Road) at the towns of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and Cherokee, North Carolina. It was the first national park whose land and other costs were paid for in part with federal funds; previous parks were funded wholly with state money or private funds.

 

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Shot in Newfound Gap this AM. About minus ten with the wind chill. Here is wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!

Billy Heath and I went up to the Smoky Mountains to take some star shots because I wanted to do a time lapse. This is at Newfound Gap right on the borders of Tennessee and North Carolina. It was incredibly freezing and I definitely did not dress for the weather. Luckily, I was able to set up my timer and sit in the car while my camera did its thing.

 

This is one hour of the night sky.

The trees were lit by car lights coming by. I wish I would have lit up the bottom of the pine tree with my spotlight.

Newfound Gap is a mountain pass located near the center of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park of the southern Appalachian Mountains in the United States of America. At an elevation of 5,046 feet, Newfound Gap is the lowest drivable pass through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

 

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Smoky Mountains Sunrise - GSMNP National Park

 

Sunrise in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park from the Oconaluftee Overlook near Newfound Gap between Gatlinburg TN and Cherokee NC. This sunrise image was shot while leading my Spring in the Smoky Mountains landscape photography workshop with my good friend Mark VanDyke. Click the image to view it large! Hope you enjoy it, comments welcome! ;-)

 

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A stunning early morning sunrise in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park from the Oconaluftee Overlook along US-441 near Newfound Gap between Gatlinburg TN and Cherokee NC. As we stood in the darkness awaiting the sun to brighten the sky, a large bat keep buzzing our heads. Don’t know what kind of bug he thought I was…

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I do not post often, since I have a hard time keeping up with what I do post. That results in my frequently posting things that I took a while ago and never got around to posting. Such as this image taken in the Fall of 2012 taken near Newfound Gap in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. So, it’s a Fall shot in the Spring. I’ll probably post a few Spring shots this Fall to balance it out.

Morning Sun Beams on the Thomas Divide in North Carolina as seen from Newfound Gap in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This is the gap where the Appalachian Trail crosses US 441. Taken with the Pentax 60-250mm on a K-5 body.

 

Taken from the Newfound Gap Road South on

the parking lot, Great Smoky Mountain National Park

 

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Overlook, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina side along Newfound Gap Road

From Newfound Gap Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina

Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee. Newfound Gap Road. October 17, 2017.

We ended up spending a lot more time at Elkmont than we had planned, which ate into our time to see another spot before it got dark. So we drove back into the park, over the Newfound Gap and into North Carolina again. Along the way we stopped at this overlook, where the light from the sun was hitting the sides of one of the mountains.

Newfound Gap

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Pano of 3 photos from Newfound Gap Rd in Smoky Mountains National Park. Tallest Peak is Clingman's Dome, highest in the Park.

Not literally but since i do live so close to the Smokies it feels like it sometimes. On a clear day I can see them from where i live. This was one of the last shots taken of that particular trip to the smokies on the north Carolina side just past Newfound Gap.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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