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Longing For Cooler Weather

   

Cool Spot To Sit In The Fall At Great Smokey Mountains National Park

  It is hot and it is Summer.  Oh, how I long for cooler weather.  The last few days  I have wanted to get out and take some pictures, but the heat would take away the fun of it all.  So tonight in my cool, air-conditioned office, I sit and play around with Photoshop.  Of course I look for something to help me cool off.  The Smoky Mountains in the fall are always a great place to do that.  For now an air-conditioned room and a picture to remind me of a cool and tranquil place is what I enjoy.  I hope you do also.

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Another from Smoky Mountains

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Printed this one up for someone today and thought I would share it.  It is from my trip last fall.  I love the running water in the mountains.  So peaceful.

More From Smoky Mountains

Bull Elk - Cataloochee Cove - Great Smoky Mountain National Park

 
A little known area of the Smoky Mountains is Cataloochee.  Cataloochee was an old settlement in a cove that has much to show.  There are some old buildings to see, but the real treat are the elk.  Elks were native to the area, but people hunted them out.  In 2001 they started re-introducing them to the cove.  People come to watch them in the early morning and late evening as they come out to the fields to feed.  During the rut, the bulls will fight over their harems.  You may ear one bugle or better yet see two bulls spar.  This magnificent animal is a must see for all who will travel the winding dirt roads up and down the mountains to this remote site.
 

Little Pigeon River - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

 
If you want to get away from the traffic in Gatlinburg and yes the park, then head east out of Gatlinburg.  Greenbrier is another old settlement area.  This area has some nice hiking trails.  One of them is Porters Creek Trail.  But on the way to the trail you drive along a scenic river called the Little Pigeon River.  There are plenty of places to pull off and photograph.  There is nothing like spending an hour in an area photographing then spending another hour sitting by the river with your eyes closed listening to the water rushing over the rocks.  Life can be so fun.
 

Little Pigeon River - Great Smoky Mountain National Park

 

Rushing Waters at Greenbrier Smoky Mountains

My second day at the Smoky Mountains a few weeks ago was spent at Greenbrier.  As mentioned before, this is a favorite place in the  park.  It is easy access, you avoid Gatlinburg, and it is quite with few people.  This was a rainy day.  The type of day the tourist dislike.

Fall Color At Greenbrier - Smoky Mountains

  I love those days when photographing.  The colors pop in the pictures.  Rain saturates the colors.  Here I was standing with camera on a tripod, with an umbrella over the top of the equipment taking the picture.  I guess I should have stayed at the hotel and watched TV till the sun came out.  What do you think?

Its A Bear

While I was in the Smoky Mountains a friend was in Georgia at a workshop.  One the way back he came back through the Smokys.  So we got together for two days to photograph.  Since he was arriving in the afternoon we stayed close to Gattlinburg.  Another trip to Greenbier.  Greenbrier is a favorite spot of mine in the park.  As we drove to a spot to photograph he mentioned that he wanted to see a bear.  Guess what, soon in front of us crossing the road was this cub.

Bear Cub at Greenbrier in the Smoky Mountains
The cameras came out and the shutters started clicking.  We had maybe five minutes with the cub.  Before the cub left two other people came by to watch.  Bears are always fun to watch.  Slowly the bear worked its way up the hill looking for food.  Soon the moment was all but a memory.  Time to move on and find a place to photograph a stream.  That is what our goal was for the day, to capture moving water.  The added bear was a Smoky Mountain Treat.