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The View From Clingmans Dome At Great Smoky Mountains National Park


National park vistas often are breathtaking. They practically beg you to head off into the landscape. The way Andy Drinnon captured the view from Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park does just that...but it also stands on its own as a thing of beauty for the way he captures nature.

Mr. Drinnon, a Tennessee-based photographer, amassed this compilation of still images, timelapse video, and raw footage during four days in September from locations near Clingmans Dome and from the observation tower situated at the summit. It primarily features two sunrise sequences that sandwich daytime and twilight footage.

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Thank you all for your very nice comments! I really appreciate NPT sharing my video. It was certainly a joy to create!

Now *that* was very neat! Incredible scenes in this video. I liked the music too.

This is the original version of the tower.

When I was there in 1999, I remember thinking that the view tower wanted to be the old Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise on Mt. Rainier when it grew up.

The view is spectacular from up there, but I have to say my most lasting impression of Clingman's Dome was all the dead trees -- I know they're from a bug that got brought over from Europe and decimated the Fraser fir population, but they look so much like a forest fire went through...

Thanks for sharing Mr. Drinnon's images. Beautiful work!

Fortunately, only a short ways away, I got this one:


And my technique for inserting pictures.

Obviously, you need to improve your timing, ec;-)

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