Fall in the Smokies
October 13, 2017 • Leave a Comment
As much as I love Montana, I do miss autumn in the southern Appalachians. There's really nothing that can compare to the kaleidoscope of colors in the deciduous forests. I had my start with photography in the area around Great Smoky Mountains National Park and, except for a few digital images from a trip a couple of years ago, my several thousand images from this area are all on slide film. My first published photos were from the Smokies and my first award winning photo was taken from Clingman's Dome. The image above was one of my favorite areas to photograph and below, the morning light from Newfound Gap was stunning. If you're going to photograph fall colors here, a few things to expect. It gets extremely crowded during October. Lodging and camping can be difficult to find and expect popular trails to be very crowded. Because of the difference in elevation from the peaks to the river valleys, there is usually peak color somewhere from mid-October to the end of the month. The national forests provide a good escape from the crowds and good photo opportunities can be found away from the national park, though they might be a little more difficult to come by. I hope to get back for a visit one day soon!
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