Friday, October 17, 2014

Smoky Mountain autumn

Autumn here in the Smoky mountains is an amazing feast for the senses, and one I look forward to with child-like anticipation every year.

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We mostly have trees that turn yellow around our house and a few maples that will be fiery orange by next week.

The dogwoods are still wearing brilliant red leaves -- even after the storms, rain and high winds we had for several days. 

Although I love the clear, Carolina blue skies that come with fall, I also love foggy fall mornings, and this morning was just perfect. 

I shot the next photos a couple days ago on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Balsam. There were several layers of fast moving fog, and I was able to get some quick shots.

Although pretty much all the color is gone above 4,000 feet, it is still breathtakingly beautiful with plenty of color left below.

I just love these mountains...

...and never grow tired of their ever-changing beauty.

I used a Canon Rebel EOS T3 with a Canon 20mm lens for these shots.


  1. Hi Anita! Oh, this is just gorgeous! Love the pretty stream and rocks! What a blessing to live in a gorgeous area! Hope you're doing well.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  2. You are so very lucky to have those views. I am so envious! I love the Smoky Mountains!!!

  3. Such beautiful scenery, Anita! The colours and the fog are fantastic. Thanks for sharing these photos. Enjoy the weekend.

  4. Michele @ The Nest at Finch RestOctober 17, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Oh my golly, Anita- those pictures are poster perfect! WOW!

    God's creations - such a treasure for us. Just gorgeous, thank you!

  5. Shenita @ Embellishments by SLROctober 17, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    What beautiful photos, Anita! They are like gorgeous postcards!! Our leaves haven't turned yet; but, I enjoy seeing your ovely images!

  6. pens and needlesOctober 17, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Makes me want to return and drive the BR Parkway and Skyline Drive again...about my favorite place in all the earth, except for our wonderful Ozarks (which really seem much like the Appalachians, just not as steep.) We were there last in 2010, and I love remembering so many neat things we saw: farmers picking pumpkins, the apple orchard at Altapass, with fresh-pressed cider and hot, delicious apple turnovers, the old abandoned homesteads that whisper stories when you stop to listen, a lovely yarn shop in Meadows of Dan where I bought some locally-spun wool (love the name "Meadows of Dan"!), visiting with the young park ranger at Mabry's Mill who was quilting outside one of the cabins...she had moved the quilt frame out because it was such a beautiful day. It's so nice to see a young person plying a needle. :) I love your photos of your beautiful surroundings and know that you appreciate daily the place in which you are allowed to live. Me, too..

  7. Shirley@Housepitality DesignsOctober 17, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    You captured the beauty of the mountains so magnificently...they are truly breathtaking this time of year...well all year for that matter...have a great weekend!..

  8. Mia cara Anita,
    credo che tu viva in un luogo meraviglioso !!!
    Mi piacerebbe molto visitare questi tuoi luoghi...
    L'America รจ veramente un grande continente !!
    Un abbraccio Myriam :)

  9. So pretty, Anita! :) Beautiful photography. Happy weekend to you! ~Liz

  10. Anita- Those are such gorgeous, gorgeous pictures! Your area of the country is so very beautiful!!!! xo Diana

  11. GORGEOUS!!!!! Love autumn in all it's beauty.
    You are so blessed to view these beautiful scenes!

  12. A piece of Heaven is where you live. Spectacular! Kathleen in Az

  13. You have mastered photography! I couldn't come close to the quality of those photos in a hundred years.. You find stunning things/places to photo as well. Fall in the Rockies is truly beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  14. There is just something about them... those majestic gorgeous "Smokey Mountains".... hope to be right there in just a few more days..... :) .. thank you for sharing their early morning beauty!!!!

  15. Penny @ The Comforts of HomeOctober 20, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    I love the mountains here too Anita. Your photos are stunning and you captured fall here perfectly. You asked if my property is near where I am now. No, it is over by Forest City in Rutherford county. The view from our property goes for miles and we can actually see Mount Mitchell on a clear day. Thanks for the info on the builder, but we have one in mind that built a house we lived in a few years back.

  16. Oh My! Gorgeous photos. . . what wonderful views to be able to enjoy!