It’s been a hectic few months since my last post. I’ve been doing quite a bit of shooting but not nearly enough processing which, combined with work, has put me behind. The images today are from my Spring 2016 trip to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If you’ve read any of my posts on my blog, then you know this is one of my favorite places to visit. The difference in this trip is that we did a better job of timing the Spring season.
One of the more iconic spots to shoot in the Smoky’s is in Cades Cove. Sparks Lane has been shot perhaps thousands of time in the Spring. It’s a beautiful spot that captures the essence of Spring. It’s also one of the most popular spots early in the morning. As I sat in the parking lot waiting for the gate to open, I noticed a growing group of photographers assembling there for a tour. I decided to get a head start and hike into the park to get to Sparks Lane ahead of the crowd. That proved to be a smart move as shown below.
Throughout the park there were other examples of Spring taking hold.
And along babbling mountain brooks.
Below is the Methodist Church in Cades Cove shot from above on Rich Mountain Road. I love the varying shades of green as the trees leaf out.
As expected, the Dogwoods were in full bloom at the Carter Shields Cabin.
The Smoky Mountains remains one my favorite places to visit each year. This year we have a Fall trip planned to capture the colors of the leaves changing. I’m sure we’ll be joined by many others.
All images captured with the Fuji X-T1 and various Fuji lenses.