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Picture of the Day - September 24, 2009

"Heaven from the Parkway"

Photo of some amazingly colorful clouds viewed from atop the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Photo and narrative by Kathy Beach.

I live very close to the Great Smoky Mountains and I visit them every chance I get. I went today after the rain passed and enjoyed a wonderful afternoon watching the mists move in and out of the hills. I just kept watching the skies as the clouds hung low and hugged the mountains. I knew the sunset would be beautiful so I came home by way of the Foothills Parkway to get a birds eye view.

As I came to the last scenic pull-off facing Maryville I parked and got out. There were a few people there already. As I stepped on to the sidewalk I looked out over what should have been the lights of the town. The clouds were there instead and I felt like I was floating in them. All I could say was "WOW"! It was awesome! Two songs ran through my mind as I thanked God for putting me there at that very moment: "How Great Thou Art" and "Heaven Came Down".

I stood there happily clicking away with my camera until the light disappeared, knowing that one day I will never have to watch another sunset because I will be with God and His light will shine forever.

Here are the camera and settings used to capture this image:

    Camera: Canon EOS 50D
    Focal length: 44mm
    Shutter speed: 1/60 second
    Aperture: f/5.6
    ISO: 1000

Visitor Comments...
    Name: Rick Rouse
    Town: Abingdon, VA

    Simply spectacular Kathy - both the photo and the narrative.
    Name: Gordon Brugman
    Town: Gatlinburg, TN

    Im so glad to see one of Kathy's marvelous images gracing image of the day page. This is a stunningly beautiful capture, made even more special by Kathy's heartfelt narrative. Great work Ms. B!
    Name: Hayden Greene
    Town: Tebbetts, MO

    What a colorful sky. Great photo Ms. Beach!
    Name: Ron Trees
    Town: Spokane, WA

    Such a beautiful photo Kathy!!!! The color is just amazing, Thanks for making that stop, and today reminding us of O How He Loves You and Me. Have I said it lately? If not, I love!!!
    Name: Marilyn

    Kathy, I don't know what is more beautiful...the photo or your comments. We truly have an awesome God!

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