I’ve already mentioned that Foothills Parkway is my favorite sunrise spot in the Smokies. This image is more evidence as to why I love it so much. Shortly after sunrise, the morning light spills over the landscape illuminating the ridges, valleys, fog, and foliage of the southwestern corner of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With the sun low on the horizon and the fall colors nearing their peak, the conditions can be spectacular. In this image you can see that the color is consistently vibrant from the valley floor to this location several hundred feet higher.
The fog was already dissipating at this time, but for a few glorious moments all the elements came together to create a beautiful scene. Enjoy.