As the fog thins (2)

As the fog thins (2)

When we first got to this opening in Cades Cove, the fog was thick and we could barely see even an trace of the trees at the other end.  But seemingly in the next few minutes the fog began to thin out.  Gradually, the subtle colors, pastels, of the morning began to appear.  This picture captured the essence of what I saw and felt as the scene unfolded, the fog receding.  Not a necessarily “popular” image on the mainstream photo sites, but it’s one of my favorites.  Which, really, is what is more important to me.

April 26, 2015.  Cades Cove, Smokie Mountains National Park, TN     Nikon D90

As the fog thins (1)

As the fog thins (1)

When we first got to this opening in Cades Cove, the fog was thick and we could barely see even a trace of the trees at the other end.  But seemingly in the next few minutes the fog began to thin.  Gradually, the subtle colors, pastels, of the morning began to appear.  This picture captured the essence of what I saw and felt as the scene unfolded, the fog receding.  Not a necessarily “popular” image on the mainstream photo sites, but it’s one of my favorites.  Which, really, is what is more important to me.

April 26, 2015.  Cades Cove, Smokie Mountains National Park, TN     Nikon D90

Horses in the foggy pasture (2)

Horses in the foggy pasture (2)

In the morning fog, all was very quiet in this Cades Cove pasture except the occasional turkey gobble.  The horses further out being a bit hard, the trees even further almost invisible and all part of the mystic feel of the scene.

April 26, 2015.  Cades Cove, Smokie Mountains National Park, TN     Nikon D90

Horses in the foggy pasture (1)

Horses in the foggy pasture (1)

Early morning in Cades Cove, our last photo venture before driving home, we finally got the fog we wanted the entire trip.  The horses were out in the pasture, some like this one along the fence.

April 26, 2015.  Cades Cove, Smokie Mountains National Park, TN     Nikon D90

Meigs Falls through the trees

Meigs Falls through the trees

A small and tranquil waterfall that’s a popular attraction seen from the Little River Road.  Coming from deeper back in the woods, the Meigs Creek cascades down the Meigs Falls and meanders toward us to join the Little River.  I used the trees and brush to frame the Falls and Creek.

April 26, 2015.     The Sinks, Smokie Mountains National Park, TN     Nikon D90

Little River by The Sinks

Little River by The Sinks

A cozy part of the Little Rive before it reaches The Sinks waterfall just yards ahead.  This 13 second exposure gives the rushing water a silky look amidst the large jagged rocks that line the river.

April 26, 2015.     
The Sinks, Smokie Mountains National Park, TN     Nikon D90

 

Red wagon

Red wagon

There are two rustic buildings on the south stretch of the Cades Cove Loop: a house nearer to the road and a barn to the north or the house, both across the road from the Tipton Place.  The barn is a treasure of photo opps (for me anyway) and one of my favorites was this red wagon parked decades ago under the protection of the barn. Capturing the shaded tones within the barn from my vantage out in the afternoon sun was a challenge but I think I caught them in this shot.  Memorabilia from a simpler, albeit more challenging, lifestyle.

April 25, 2015.  Cades Cove, Smokie Mountains National Park, TN     Nikon D90

 

John Cable Mill

John Cable Mill

At the far west end of the Cades Cove Loop is the John Cable Mill, on the same grounds as the Becky Cable House, the Cades Cove Visitor Center, and the barn I liked so much for two barn shots below.  The Mill seems the epitomy of rustic; very old wood grayed from decades of weather, an old walkway to the water wheel, rock foundation visible next to the wheel.  Not that I’m an expert on rustic architecture… it just looks darn old and I could have spent several more hours there finding interesting areas on and around the Mill to shoot.

April 25, 2015.  Cades Cove, Smokie Mountains National Park, TN     Nikon D90

 

Barn still life (3)

Barn still life (3)

As I approached side of the barn I noticed this little moth and how it’s color blended nicely with the patina of the old wheel and barn implements, its delicate life so opposite to that of the aged iron.  More contrasts are shown with the arcs and points, lines and angles, soft light and tone and shadows.

April 25, 2015.  Cades Cove, Smokie Mountains National Park, TN     Nikon D90