I think nearly everyone would agree that the shot above would be considered a beautiful morning and truly it was a beautiful morning, but not for photography! I have shot this scene on Sparks Lane in Cades Cove several times and each time I’m denied what I really seek. While I’m certainly happy with the above panorama, I would really be happy if I had a nice layer of fog that hugged the ground with the sun breaking through. I have no idea how often this occurs in Cades Cove, but I’m under the impression that it happens often enough that many other photographers have gotten the shot.
The Smoky Mountains National Park is such a wonderful place that it is nearly impossible to have a bad day and fog or not, there are not many other places I would rather be, given the choice.