I thought I’d share another photo from the sunset I watched from Cliff Top, near the LeConte Lodge in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This was taken a little before the last one I posted. The clouds and fog constantly moved in and out of the scene, it really was beautiful.
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Almost the entire time that I was on Mt LeConte we were engulfed in a cloud/fog/mist/rain. By chance, my young daughter woke me around 4:30 because she had to go to the bathroom. I got up to take her to the bathrooms (they are separate from the cabins) and as soon as we stepped outside, we both looked up in awe. It was so crystal clear, and there were so many stars visible. After I got her back in bed, I grabbed my camera and went back out. It only lasted for about 10-15 minutes after getting my camera, but I had enough time to take this photo of our cabin with the incredible night sky overhead. Soon the stars were gone and we were back in the fog, and all the “normal” people who were sleeping at 4:30am missed it…
How the cabin is lit: Directly behind me was the dining hall. There were already several people working there that morning with a couple of lanterns. The rest of the light is coming from Gatlinburg, far below but visible from the lodge.
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Last week was my first time hiking to the LeConte Lodge in the Smoky Mountains. We hiked the Trillium Gap Trail up, 6.5 miles +- to the lodge. After arriving around 5 pm, we ate dinner at the lodges dining hall and then headed up a little further to Cliff Top for a great view of the sunset. The clouds were constantly rolling through the scene, with some moments having near zero visibility and when those clouds rolled out you had this amazing view.
Here’s another photo from my day trip to the Smokies. This is from the Newfound Gap Overlook on the way up to Clingmans Dome. I arrived just as the clouds were breaking a little and allowing beautiful morning light to stream through onto the mountains and valleys below.
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This black bear cub was sticking his tongue out at the groups of people trying to get a photo. Please remember to keep your distance when you see black bears in Cades Cove or anywhere else. You are supposed to give them 50 yards and I saw many people much closer than that.
For some reason, shooting cascades is really tough for me. Finding the right composition does not come easy. I shot many cascades in the Tremont area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that morning, several hours worth. And yet, I have only two to share. Once I would look at most of them on the computer screen, I didn’t like something about them. I guess I’ll just have to practice these more, and that means more trips to the mountains
Here is the other:
A single red leaf clings to a wet rock. The color in the water is reflected from the beautiful trees with golden leaves. A slightly long shutter speed was used to show motion in the water. Taken in the Tremont area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
So this past Tuesday I went to the Smokies. I only had one day to devote to fall color in east Tennessee so I left my house at 3am in order to be in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by sunrise. I arrived at this vantage point around 30 minutes before sunrise. This shot encompasses 3 of my favorite things to photograph – East Tennessee, Sunrise, and Autumn
My family and I recently returned from a 3 day camping trip to Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. What an absolutely beautiful place! Beautiful scenery and tons of wildlife. We did lot’s of hiking (the kids even did a 5 mile hike!) and lot’s of scenic cruising.
Just like I did last year after visiting the park, I’ll break the posts up into 2 parts: Landscapes and Wildlife.
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