I was invited to join a group of fellow photographers for a four and a half day visit to the Great Smoky Mountains. I jumped at the opportunity as it was an area I had never visited, and I would be joining a group who had been there before and knew a bit about the area. Every one of the group had photographed with each other at one time or another. Our primary guide for this was our mutual friend, Mark.
I flew to Knoxville and was picked up at the airport by the others who had driven down from Illinois. My flights went smoothly while the drive for the others went through area of heavy rainfall causing them to be delayed by about two hours. We set up our quarters in a lovely cabin in Pigeon Forge, TN, where I had my own private room and bath. (I know you would love to have seen this but I did not take any photographs. Just realize that the bath and the bedroom were the same size. The bedroom held a king-sized bed, bureau night stands, and a storage box at the foot of the bed. I could have set up a dinner table in the center of the bathroom for four.!!)
The first day out we went for sunrise which did not amount to much, mostly clouds low in the mountains. We then found a very nice waterfall where we spent at least two hours photographing different sections of it. This is where my new knee high rubber boots came in handy while traipsing around the wet and water.
|Morning Clouds in The Smokys|
We enjoyed Breakfast-Lunch in the town of Cherokee, North Carolina. We then headed back to Pigeon Forge for a grocery run, and a break (rest), before heading off for afternoon photography and sunset.
|Sweet White Trillium|
Along the way we were attracted to the profusely flowering dogwood trees. They were lovely, and we found some good stands.
|View from Bunches Bald Overlook|
|Smoky Mountain Ridges 1|
|Smoky Mountain Ridges 2|
As the weather is a real factor here we lucked out the second morning with fog developing in the area of Cades Cove. (A cove here refers to a valley within a mountain area.)This was about an hour from our abode so we were off about 0600, sunrise was a 0655. We had a good time creating images through the fog.
Along the way I was looking at blooming flowers to photograph as well. After all it is springtime in the Smokys.--- Yellow Trillium, False Solomon Seal, Dogwood, and Dog Hobble -----
|Wooly Blue Violet|