Posts Tagged ‘Smoky Mountains’

A Winter Hike in the Smokies

February 12, 2019

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Betsy and I enjoy visiting the Smokies just about any time of the year, but winter is probably our favorite time to visit. One reason is that there are usually fewer people around during winter, Another reason is that the streams in the park usually have a good amount of water in them, and we love hiking along the river banks. A couple of years ago we were hiking along the West Prong of Little Pigeon River in the Greenbrier section of the park. I used Photoshop to convert a photo of the stream into a ‘painting’.

 

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The Smokeys in Black and White

November 27, 2018

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Betsy and I stopped at an overlook on Newfound Gap Road in the Smokies on a cloudy, overcast day. We thought we could see some sunbeams breaking through the clouds, but they were very faint. I converted this picture to black and white to make the sunbeams stand out a little more.

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.

Middle Prong Pencil Sketch

February 9, 2015

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Last January Betsy and I traveled along Middle Prong of Little River in the Smokies above Tremont.  I got the photo which is the basis for this color pencil sketch while enjoying the water rushing over and around boulders in the stream.

Little Pigeon River

January 15, 2014

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Last January Betsy and I spent a couple of days in the Smokies and did some hiking along the Little Pigeon River.  l captured this picture of the river near the turnoff to Ramsey Cascade in the Greenbrier section of the park.

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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Serenity Falls

March 21, 2013

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Serenity Falls is a pretty little waterfall near Cosby, Tennessee, on the ‘quiet side of the Smokies’.  Betsy and I have stayed at a cabin at the base of the falls a couple of times.  The cabin has a picture window, so we can enjoy this view of the waterfall throughout the day.

The picture on which this paintingwas 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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