This was taken in September, 2007, when I was in Gatlinburg (That’s when Chip and Shira were married). Doug and I climbed to the lookout at Clingman’s Dome (the highest point in the Smokies) just before sunrise. It meant getting up really, really early and driving a long way in the dark and climbing a very steep incline in the cold and wet and dark, but it was SO worth it.
That’s Doug, by the way. We were the only ones there for the actual sunrise, although we were joined within a few minutes by several other photographers.