The Smokies in November…

For those of you that may not know, Bill Lea actually lives in the Townsend area and so he is very familiar with the Smokies in all seasons.  We have had a couple of conversations about why we are excited to be having the Summit in the first part of November this year instead of the end of October and I just wanted to share with you here a written and visual interpretation of  Bill’s experience of  the Smokies in November…

“For those of you who have not been to Great Smoky Mountains National Park during the first week of November to photograph fall, you are in for a surprise.  It is one of my favorite times to photograph scenery in the Smokies.  Some years, the colors can be simply amazing in early November at the lower elevations.  Combine that with the fact that we always seem to have a better than average chance for fog and maybe even some hoar frost – it can be fabulous.  Of course, the best part of all is that the Park is nearly void of people.  It is like everybody leaves the Smokies on the last day of October, which is fine with me.  I can get around the Park easily in my efforts to chase the fog, light, and colors I so dearly love!  Please come join us at Great Smoky Mountains Summit this November 1st- 5th and see for yourselves how wonderful it is in the Smokies at this time of year (but please don’t tell everyone you know – I love having the park kind of to myself in early November.)  All of the images shown here were taken during the first half of November over the past seven years or so.”

_AAM5369_AAP0094_AAQ2412_AAQ2418Fall colors of a cove hardwood forest - Great Smoky Mountains National Park_AAQ2488Fall colors below Bull Head Mountain - Great Smoky Mountains National ParkAutumn view of Laurel Creek Falls - Great Smoky Mountains National Park_AAY1858

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