The Smoky Mountains

 

From mountain vistas to waterfalls, wildlife to peaceful streams, Great Smoky Mountain National Park is a photographer’s dream. I wanted to capture Autumn in Tennessee which passes as quickly as it sets in. But my plans were rained on… literally.  I got caught in the middle of Hurricane Nate which came in from the gulf 24 hours after I arrived in Gatlinburg. The eye of the storm passed directly over the mountains as I was attempting to capture one last day of beauty. I was determined to capture something – ANYTHING – before returning home. Here’s a peek at what I captured as I chased the color through this amazing American landscape.

Cades Cove

Reflections

Sunrise

Waterfall

Gold Leaves

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Shaconage (Cherokee for “blue like smoke”)

Mountain Stream

Cabin in the Woods

Mountain Home

Newfound Gap

 

Barred Owl

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Storm’s comin’

On Day 2, Hurricane Nate rolled in which cut my photography short with heavy rain and 80 mph winds while I was up at the top of the mountain.

Here comes the storm over Richland Mountain

Red Maple Leaf with veining

 My rental car had an inch of water on the floors from me jumping in and out all day during the hurricane

 

Some hiking trails became flooded within minutes. I had to keep my head on a swivel as I was taking pictures. Water would come out of nowhere!

 stream swollen with rain

Mingus Mill was built in 1886. The hurricane waters put the old grist mill to work for my camera!

up above the weather

mission accomplished

Panoramic vistas at top and bottom of page were shot over Deep Creek Valley.

Hopefully, you’re looking at my photos on a big screen, not your phone!

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