Shaconage, the Cherokee name for the area of the Smoky Mountains means “land of blue smoke.”
At Newfound Gap (above) the blue smoke (actually haze caused by moisture and organic compounds from the lush vegetation) was very apparent.
The views at Morton Overlook (above and below) were probably the most spectacular I saw at the park.
The hiking trail to the top of Clingmans Dome, the highest spot in the Smokies, also offered awe inspiring views (below). Unfortunately, the higher I got, the more the haze prevented me from taking decent photographs.
Sometimes though, it’s good to put the camera down and just look.
Even when the mountainsides were fairly close, such as the Chimney Tops (below) the haze was very noticeable.