I probably need to find a new sunrise location in the Smokies. It seems that the vast majority of sunrises I shoot there are from the same pullout on the Foothills Parkway. Then again, the combination of ease of access, a great panoramic view, and great past experience will likely mean that I will continue to come here for years to come.
This day was no different. I was staying in Townsend, Tennessee because of its easy access to the park and its relatively uncrowded condition. Since it is an easy twenty-minute drive out to Foothills Parkway, I chose to return to this spot to hopefully capture a beautiful sunrise. Of course, I can never be guaranteed that weather conditions will cooperate and the sun will even be visible. As it turned out, this morning generated a mixture of results. There was a fairly significant cloud cover with a bit of a break at the horizon. There was the possibility of a spectacular light show as the sun briefly peeked through that break at the horizon. There was also a possibility that the gap would close and the sunrise would be a non-event. As it turned out, the results were mixed. There was no spectacular range of colors visible because the cloud cover was too thick. There was a moment where the rising sun burst over the mountains and into the gap illuminating the landscape below. This image captures that moment. It isn’t my favorite sunrise shot ever, but it’s still fun to view. I hope you enjoy it as well.