Monday, July 18, 2005

Quick! Nobody's around!

One bit of advice when planning to explore Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Arrive early! Cades Cove is the most popular area of the most popular national park in the United States. It is what remains of a mountain community that began in the early 1800s.

An 11-mile road loops around the cove, with various restored homesteads, churches and farms along the way. This road quickly becomes clogged with traffic as the day progresses, which kind of works against the charm of the surroundings. I arrived this particular morning at 6:30 a.m. and there were already a dozen or so people ahead of me on the road around the cove. I had taken the drive a couple of days previously and had made notes of various locations that I thought held potential for good photographs.

I staked out this location to catch the sun rising in the morning fog over the trees and mountains surrounding the cove. I actually had to wait several minutes for the road to clear of traffic before tripping the shutter on my camera, so the solitude of this shot is more or less an illusion, but is effective nonetheless.

Click on photo for an enlarged view. Copyright 2005 James Jordan Posted by Picasa


ouidoorexposure said...

really nice landscape...beautiful perspective and DOF:-)

Neuro said...

That picture just makes me think of peaceful feelings. Nice shot. I love the fog.


I Santoso said...

Wow...a very beautiful photo.

Joel Delano said...

The quiet road always gives me a great sense of peace