“At the touch of this divine light..."

"...the mountains seemed to kindle to a rapt, religious consciousness, and stood hushed like devout worshippers waiting to be blessed.”

Today was really a wonderful day. I still spend quite a bit of time each day meeting people and planning different projects and meetings, but today was the first day I had a good chunk of time to go out and do what I wanted. And I got to do it in style...

One of the perks of being an Artist-In-Residence is that I have access to a park vehicle essentially whenever I want it.

There are literally countless waterfalls and cascades in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, so I decided to start visiting some of them. Thankfully, most required some hiking, meaning less tourists and a chance for me to stretch my legs! I got some great video footage of these waterfalls, but I forgot to take pictures! (Sorry mom)

So with a bit of time left in the afternoon and no interest in going back to my apartment yet, I decided to try Clingmans Dome again. Two days ago my attempt to catch sunset was thwarted by massive clouds engulfing the mountaintop, but I had a feeling things would be different today...

I was completely humbled and enamored by the show that I got tonight. I got there over an hour early, so I could get an idea of how cloudy it would be. At 6,643 feet above sea level, it gets kind of cold (and windy!), so I was shivering by the time I left. But it was all completely worth it!

I never doubted that this would be a great experience, but today definitely reinforced all my excitement for my five weeks here. Hopefully I can accomplish great things this weekend!

Before I go, here's the first video I've created so far in the Smokies! It's a short timelapse of sunset tonight, and I'm really pleased how it turned out!

Several timelapse shots of sunset at Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Follow my adventures at http://http://mikeinthesmokies.blogspot.com And on Twitter at http://twitter.com/SmokiesMike Music: "Great High Mountain" by Jack White