Archive for the ‘Smoky Mountains’ Category

Smoky Mountain Sunbeams

March 2, 2015

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I got the photo on which this image is based when Betsy and I visited the Smokies just before Valentine’s Day.  Our first stop was along the Foothills Parkway outside of Townsend, Tennessee.  It was a cold, overcast day, but we could see sunbeams breaking through the clouds when we looked toward Mount LeConte.  I ‘tweaked’ the photo to bring out the sunbeams, and this is the result.  I rather like it.

Cades Cove Methodist Church

September 10, 2013

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Cades Cove is one of our favorite parts of the Smokies.  We try to get there a couple of times each year, especially when the cove is a little less crowded.  I got this view of the Methodist Church in Cades Cove from Rich Mountain.

The picture on which this drawing was based is shown below.

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Little River in the Smokies

December 6, 2012

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I went to my archives to get this drawing.  Last year Betsy and I made a December trip to the Smokies.  December is a great time to visit — there usually aren’t many people around, and the river levels are often pretty good.

We stopped along the Little River just inside the park near Townsend, Tennessee.  The water in the river was clear — we could clearly see rocks in the bottom of the river, and a set of rapids provided a nice contrast to the many dark colors in the scene.

The picture on which this drawing was based is shown below.

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Foothills Parkway

November 27, 2012

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Betsy and I drove the Foothills Parkway in eastern Tennessee in late October.  The autumn colors were beautiful, and the overlooks provided many wonderful views of the Smoky Mountains.

The picture on which this painting was based is shown below.

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Smoky Mountains Beauty

November 1, 2012

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the nation’s most visited national park.  People come throughout the year to see the mountains; they come in October to see the autumn colors.  There’s beauty to enjoy any time of the year.

This is the Smoky Mountains in early October.

The picture on which this watercolor was based is shown below.

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Autumn in the Smokies

October 25, 2012

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Autumn is a wonderful time to visit the Smoky Mountains.  Although the mountains and the sky are always spectacular, the autumn color of the trees is something that has to be seen to be believed.

This drawing is based on a photo taken two years ago at Newfound Gap on the Tennessee – North Carolina border.

Ocean Isle Beach

May 21, 2012

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We had perfect weather when we were at Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, earlier this month.  There weren’t many people on the beach while we were there, and the beach and the sky seemed to go on forever.  This water color is based on a photo taken during one of our walks along the beach.

Little River in the Smokies

February 2, 2012

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When Betsy and I visited the Smokies last month, we stopped, as we usually do, to view the river.  This time the water was high and very clear.  I was attracted both by the white water flowing over the rocks and the unusual shape of the tree in the middle of the stream.

The picture on which this water color was based is shown below.

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Cades Cove

January 10, 2012

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Cades Cove is a beautiful valley tucked into the Smoky Mountains.  It is now a living museum, and is one of the most popular parts of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Visiting Cades Cove (provided it’s not overrun by tourists) is like stepping back in time.  Betsy and I enjoy visiting any time of the year.  This drawing is from a visit we made in December.

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Little River in the Smokies

January 3, 2012

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When Betsy and I visited the Smokies last month, we stopped, as we usually do, to view the river.  This time the water was high and very clear.  I was attracted both by the white water flowing over the rocks and the unusual shape of the tree in the middle of the stream.

The picture on which this drawing was based is shown below.

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