Sometimes a rainstorm will create a thick fog that rolls in and seems to seep into the forest. When the fogs rolls in many people will stay in their warm hotels or cars and not get out in it. When I see fog I grab my camera and head out to explore. Foggy conditions can create nice moody and ethereal feelings. Trees can fade into the fog as the get further away from the camera. Harsh shadows from bright sun disappear and are replaced by even soft light. It's a great time to photograph.
When June and I spent last weekend in the Smokies we had plans to hike most days. It was cold, rainy and we forgot to bring our rain gear so instead of hiking we explored close to the car. When it rained most of the last night we were treated to fog blanketing into the mountains the next morning. We started at a lower elevation and chased the fog as it lifted up the mountain sides. Our first stop was the creek at the Chimneys Picnic Area. By the time we got down to the stream the fog had lifted. Back into the car and chasing the fog up the road to higher and higher elevations. When we reached the Newfound Gap Overlook there was a nice wispy fog blowing in and around the trees.
|Trees in Fog from Newfound Gap Overlook|
|Appalachian Trail at Newfound Gap|
The fog was clearing at this high elevation and I figured my fog shots were done for the day. Driving down the mountain back into Tennessee we ran into some of the thickest fog we have ever seen. I was hoping to find a pull off where I could stop and get some more fog shots but the fog was so thick we couldn't see the pull offs until we were past them. We finally found a large parking lot with a Quiet Walkway. Thinking that we are "serious hikers" we have not tried these Quiet Walkways thinking they didn't have much to offer. We discovered we have been missing out. This walkway went through a nice open forest along an old stone wall and down to the Little Pigeon River.
The fog was very thick and beautiful here.
|Little Pigeon River|
The next time were in the park we're going to check out this Quiet Walkway and others that we have been passing up for too long.