I may not have any snow pictures to share, but I still have some Fall photos that I haven’t posted yet. This one was on Newfound Gap Road, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, November 3, 2017.
That’s a eucalyptus tree growing on the right. I’ve never seen the full tree before, only the cut branches. In fact, I used a ton of eucalyptus leaves to wind garlands along the tables of my wedding reception. How do they keep people away from these trees 😂. I was tempted to grab my clippers and snip some branches to carry back in my suitcase 🤪. Don’t worry, I didn’t.
Spring and Fall at Tremont, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Spring photo was taken April 21, 2017. The Fall photo was taken on October 29, 2017. I have lots of favorite places in the Smokies, and this is definitely one of them.
The Chimney Tops, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, on the morning of November 3, 2017. One year ago today, November 28, 2016, the fires that started on the Chimneys 5 days earlier, were driven by strong winds into Gatlinburg. After burning many thousands of acres in the park, they combined with other fires caused by downed power lines and extreme drought conditions to cause even more massive damage and loss of life and property, outside of the park. You can still see the charred areas up top, especially from this vantage point on Newfound Gap Road. I suppose the Chimneys can be seen as a symbol of tragedy, but I hope the day will come, when they will be seen as a symbol of recovery!