Fall colors at Linn Cove Viaduct at the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina
Fall colors in the mountains of North Carolina
Climbing the mountains to view Fall colors in North Carolina
A glimpse of Fall at a river in North Carolina
Done with flowering, lily pads still exist with Fall at Bass Lake, North Carolina
Striking Fall color reflections at Bass Lake, North Carolina
A tree naturally frames the fall scene at Bass Lake, North Carolina
Switching from man-made art to nature – early Fall colors at Bass Lake, North Carolina
We end our Bench View Series with images of the Spring, Fall and Winter seasons. Hope you enjoyed the unusual perspectives.
A Japanese lantern against a backdrop of Fall colors in Japan circa 1985.
Gatlinburg, Tennessee nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains pictured on a cloudy Fall day
Remnants of Fall colors on trees growing on the side of the hill
The Fall colors are even more enhanced with natural back lighting
Fall colors enhance the dark tree trunks in Smoky Mountains National Park
The branch of a tree creates a natural frame for Fall colors at Smoky Mountain National Park
A river flows through Smoky Mountains National Park in the midst of Fall colors
Fall colors decorate the mountains in Smoky Mountains National Park
The “smoke” from the Smoky Mountains is actually fog that comes from the area’s vegetation. Plants take in carbon dioxide and give off oxygen. Plants also exhale something called “volatile organic compounds”, or VOCs.
VOCs may sound scary, but when they are released from plants, they are completely natural.
In addition to causing various scents and odors, a high concentration of VOCs can also cause fog. VOCs are chemicals that have a high vapor pressure, which means that they can easily form vapors at room temperature. The millions of trees, bushes, and other plants in the Great Smoky Mountains all give off vapor, which comes together to create the fog that gives the mountains their signature smoky look.
The colors of Fall contrast nicely against the “smoke.”
Driving through Smoky Mountains National Park in Fall is quite colorful
A river, Fall colors, mountains and blue sky with clouds create a nice composition at Smoky Mountains National Park.