The Great Smoky Mountains of the U.S., in Tennessee and North Carolina, are so far from here that even the most patriotic Daglanais would not consider them to be a part of the Greater Daglan Area, or GDA.
But lately, the hills of the GDA have been doing a pretty fair imitation of the Smokies.
Just in case you’ve forgotten, the Smokies in the U.S. are called that because of the blue mist that often hangs over them. The name has nothing to do with smoke from forest fires.
While the GDA isn’t a mountainous area, we do have our share of hills, and each morning we are treated to a lovely show of mist lying on the hills and down into the valleys.
To show you what I mean, here’s a photo taken this morning at about 9.15, from the parking lot of the spa (in the tiny hamlet of Costeraste, about five kilometres from Gourdon) where my wife and I take our aquafitness classes:
Just a couple of hours later, the sun had burned away the mist, leaving a clear view of the landscape below us. (Both photos taken by my wife Jan.) Lovely, isn’t it?