Friday, August 29, 2008

Orange Crush

Knoxville sits in a bowl of a valley surrounded by the Great Smoky Mountains to the south, the Cumberland Mountains to the north, and the Cumberland Plateau to the west. Not much air circulates, so in times of calm weather, we're enveloped in a soupy miasma of carbon particulate pollution, kind of like Los Angeles but without the palm trees and movie stars. All those particles do create some dramatic skies, like this sunrise from last week.
Happily, rain and wind have cleared the air for our upcoming Labor Day long weekend.
More skies are available at Sky Watch Friday. They'll take your breath away (without the hinderance of carbon particles).

10 comments:

Virginia said...

Great title for a great sunset. WOW!

Louise said...

Orange loveliness! Very nice capture!

babooshka said...

Flamming hell, flamming orange. That's spectaular. I want my REM orange crush song on now. Soupy miasma of carbon patricuale particles
are a lethal beauty.

Louis la Vache said...

Perfect title for this fabulous Sky Watch post!

Tash said...

Just wonderful to look at. You've done so well in bringing us such intense color - it's very tough to do.

angela said...

Thank goodness for those carbon particles if this is what they bring with them...

reluctantfarmchik said...

Man - that's beautiful. maybe I should start getting up in time to see sunrise in this area, huh? Wonder what my pond would look like at sunrise. Thanks for a great shot.

Leedra said...

Great name. Since I work evenings (in Knoxville) I missed that sunrise. If I go outside during supper break I see some awesome sunsets.

marley said...

Wow! What a colour! We have the same sort of effect where I work as its near the motorway and our small local airport. The sunsets can be stunning due to pollution!

I had trouble commenting on yesterdays post (blogger wasn't playing!) What I tried to say (3 times!) was that I'm like you and am scared of the manual settings! If you have a go at it, I'll have a go! Also I liked the photo in B&W best. It really shows up the worn steps well and takes out the distracting colours. Got there eventually :)

Dusty Lens said...

Despite the pollution, this is a gorgeous sunrise.