Shades of Gray


We’ve been anticipating rain, I guess as a result of all the Ike activity, but it only happened once this past week (rain, that is).  The sky has been changing colors, and I don’t know whether it’s because of that storm activity, or the pending change in seasons.  The air is cooler, and I can feel fall coming.  I LOVE the fall.  Especially in these hills.   These pictures are inspired by the color changes that I’m anticipating.



There’s a reason they call this area "Smoky Mountains."  The mist just hangs.


My post (and your week) would be incomplete without a pond shot, so here you go:


You can see another really cool misty shot from this week here.


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65 Responses to “Shades of Gray”

  1. Louise Says:

    My week IS complete with the pond shot! My favorite is the first photo. But I like the peacefulness of all of them.

  2. Dewdrop Says:

    Ike is gone. Several cold fronts have been making their way through signifying autumn’s approach. That would account for the changes in the sky too. Great shots, Deirdre.

  3. Brad Says:

    I guess with the seasons changing soon, grey will be the normal, good post.

  4. East Gwillimbury WOW! Says:

    I LIKE the shades of grey! Grey can have a subtle sophistication, which you captured well in you first shot. Happy Sky Watch!

  5. Yen Says:

    I really like the second shot!~ It looks very creepy but a good shot:)Mine is here. See you there!~ Happy SWF!~

  6. Klaus Says:

    Aaaah – my favorite Pond again! How serene!
    Love it!
    Cheers, Klaus

  7. Guy Dauphinais Says:

    Fantastic pics, thanks for sharing

  8. Photo Cache Says:

    The first shot does it for me too. It’s cooler here in this part of CA too.

  9. The Rocky Mountain Retreat Says:

    AH… yes… I really adored the first shot and as I scrolled slowly down I fell in love with the pond shot!! Beautiful!!
    Have a nice weekend!
    ~Michele J~

  10. Tom Says:

    3 beauties this week… love the pond one also.. :O)
    Mine’s Here

  11. Melissa's Cozy Teacup Says:

    #1 is my fav. Happy swf!

  12. John Says:

    All great shots, but my favorite is the first one.

  13. Luiz Ramos Says:

    So beautiful shots and landscape.
    You can taken nice birds. Go ahead.

  14. Chris Says:

    Beautiful series! I like all three.

  15. Rose Says:

    The pond shot is fy favorite, but I love them all!

  16. Fishing Guy Says:

    Deirdre: Really neat shots in the mountains, thanks for sharing and always enjoy the ‘pond shot’.

  17. ellen b Says:

    This are wonderful shots! It was fun seeing the pond in the last one, too.

  18. rhoen Says:

    lovely country shots! I love it! Happy weekend!

  19. LEEDRA Says:

    Like the 1st one the best.

  20. Mary Says:

    Beautiful!! The mist makes everything seem so soft.

  21. Norm Says:

    I love the first and the last photos! very beautiful..

  22. Pat - An Arkansas Stamper Says:

    All beautiful photos! Gray is GOOD!

  23. Fish Whisperer Says:

    Beautiful shot of the Smokey Mountains. Have a great weekend.

  24. Nina Says:

    Always love the mist over water, so relaxing.

  25. Leora Says:

    Oh, I love fall, too! (don’t tell my kids, who are back in school). Wonderful skies you have captured. Quite dramatic, your first sky photo here.

  26. Scotty Graham Says:

    You are too kind with your comments in my blog…you have some very fine photographs here…I enjoyed browsing your blog.



  27. Dianne Says:

    I LOVE the fall too and I loved gray smokey skies. Lovely photos

  28. Sonia Mascaro Says:

    Love your sky photos! Great pictures!

    And I appreciate your visiting and nice comment on my Sky.

  29. Kerslyn Says:

    i like the silhouette in the first photo and the pond in the 2nd photo. Happy weekend!

  30. Carver Says:

    Those are lovely shots. I like the way the sky looks this time of year and I’m also ready for fall.

  31. Napaboaniya APAD Says:

    Wonderful shots of the sky :)

  32. Tabib Says:

    Lovely Sky pics series.
    Happy SW Friday!

  33. Carletta Says:

    I love the Smokies and these are beautiful shots!
    The pond image is so serene and with the mist I image fall too!

  34. Ilana-Davita Says:

    Nice series.

  35. maria Says:

    great sequence of shots

  36. Ivar Ivrig Says:

    Wonderful shots. I like the fall too, and your mist :-)

  37. Antigoni Says:

    Wonderful pictures. So romantic views.

  38. bowledover Says:

    Lovely pictures, a slow easy start to the day feel.
    Yes I would miss you pond shots please continue with them many of us are drawn to water.
    Have a good SWF

  39. Angie Says:

    Beautiful photos, so peaceful

  40. Tina Says:

    yes wonderful shades of grey. i love the moody dusk time pics.

    mine is up :)

  41. Pernille Says:

    Very nice shots:)

  42. knoxville girl Says:

    Hiya, Chick! Wow, that first one looks like we were looking at the same kind of sky – Knoxville’s had some awesome clouds rolling through lately. Pond shot is a beauty too.

  43. Dirkjogt Says:

    Waw, especially the first one I like very much. Nice area and so much to see in the pictures.

  44. Eddie D. Says:

    Love the rays emminating from that top shot…

  45. Marnie Says:

    Lovely shot. So serene. I like the misty pasture below too.

  46. Marina Says:

    Smoky weather I’ll say!!!:)

  47. Tanya Says:

    Gorgeous shots! I’ve enjoyed visiting your blog! Happy skywatch :)

  48. Lara Says:

    amazing shots! the pond looks so cute!

  49. Pinoy Pastor in Terrace, BC Says:

    thanks for dropping by my skywatch.

    nice set!

  50. Celeste Says:

    Beautiful pictures, as usual :) I especially like the first one. It seems that we all got to see a little bit of Ike!

  51. Lily Says:

    I especially LOVE the pond shot!

  52. Craver-VII Says:

    The mist makes for an alluring beauty, but you’re right; I really needed to see the pond. Seriously… I love ponds!

  53. Denise Says:

    Great photos, the sky, the trees and the pond, all at one with nature and perfect for SWF. Thank you for stopping by my blog and have a great weekend.

  54. Reader Wil Says:

    This is a good series of the same sky at different times.

  55. mary Says:

    They are all so beautiful, but I LOVE the last one with the mist rising off the pond — just gorgeous!

  56. Catherine Says:

    The pond shot looks like a hole. Not a black ‘menacing’ hole, just a mirror hole which reflects all the light in the center of your picture.
    It gives a nice effect. Thanks for the pond! I threw a coin and made a wish.
    Great serie.

  57. Jules Says:

    Nice series of photos. The clouds are lovely.

    I too have received the letter from Larry and thought it hysterical!!!

  58. Brit' Gal Sarah Says:

    Lovely atmospheric shots

  59. syel Says:

    love the pond shot!

  60. Babs - beetle Says:

    Lovely shots. Beautiful sky.

    We do get some sunny days in the UK – not many though ;O)

  61. Misty Dawn Says:

    Lovin’ it!

    Believe it or not, this has been the first five days we have had without rain since April! AND we are supposed to have a nice weekend!!! I can’t tell you how excited I am… we have not had a Summer at all, because it rained (and flooded) all Summer.

  62. Misty Dawn Says:

    By the way, I forgot to give you an invite… I don’t know if you have any critters (pets, wildlife, farm animals, insects, birds, etc) that you photograph, but if you do, we’d be thrilled to have you participate in Camera-Critters. It’s a weekend meme, and you can check it out at to see if you are interested. That’s all – I’m not trying to spam ya, just wanted to invite ya.

  63. Michelle Says:

    Now that makes our pond look like a puddle.. Beautiful…

  64. Christine Says:

    This is a wonderful view and I enjoyed all the subtle colors with each shot. I could just stand there and take it all in.

  65. CathyMae Joy Says:

    Thank you for visiting my blog. I love your skys of gray – it seems to depict me today, and the one with the pond in the foreground.
    I’ve added your blog to my blogroll.

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