Tuesday, August 30, 2005

The beaten path


Just two miles from this idyllic scene lies the main thoroughfare through Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The six-lane highway carries most of the 30,000 people that visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park every day.

And if that’s not enough, the road is lined with restaurants, hotels, dinner theaters, theme parks and all other manner of roadside distractions. Despite the six lanes, traffic generally crawls through Pigeon Forge most of the day.

Two thoughts:

1. You don’t have to go far off the beaten path to find repose.
2. Most people don’t think to leave the beaten path.

Dawn, Wears Valley, Tennessee. Click on photo to enlarge. © 2005 James Jordan Posted by Picasa

9 comments:

OldGuy said...

That is a beautiful picture.

Indeed many people don't step off the beaten path so never discover the beauty that can be found there.

Alison said...

The best photo adventures happen on the back roads!

Fine Words Butter No Parsnips said...

very nicely done. as an ex-midwesterner, particuparly appreciative of this shot.

Jeff said...

Nice thoughts. There's always a place to get away, even if just for a few moments.

Jelinek Jan said...

Wow! Awesome colors!

Jem said...

That's a stunning photo! Fantastic work! :)

Paula said...

I'm rarely speechless so I'm just going to

Laura said...

Breathtaking photo!

James said...

All,
Thanks for the kind comments. Of course you realize it only makes me want to find other beautiful subjects to photograph.