Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Misty morning

On July 4th, we were up before dawn to head out for sunrise in Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mtns. We haven't been in the Cove that early before, I'm not a morning person. It was well worth the effort. Not only did we see some wonderful misty sights, we also beat the heat and most of the crowds.

I imagine it was packed later in the day; we were out by 11:00 am (as always in the back half of the loop, we were stuck behind the ubiquitous Cove traffic-jammer, who drives 5mph and never pulls over).

The breaking of day was magical.

It was cool and quiet, we saw plenty of crows and a handful of deer, some playfully frolicking in the fields.

The road to Abrams Falls.

My next post will cover our hike to the falls and tornado damage.


PoetessWug said...

Ohh! How beautiful!! Thae sunrise with all the fog is perfect!

Jen said...

It really was perfect! :-)

BlackStar said...

Gorgeous photos!
I'm a morning person, especially in the summer, in this heat!

Jen said...

You're right! the heat is definitely good incentive to get up early, that's the only way we can get longer hikes in before we sweat to pieces ;-)

Sarah Knight said...

Beautiful shots!