Whitetail Doe - Great Smoky Mountians
Back home from Tennessee. It's a very different, but nice place full of friendly people and amazing food.
Cades Cove was really cool, and has some of the most unique and beautiful light I've seen. A mist rises every morning and filters out the sun for a few hours....hence the Great "Smoky" Mountains. But the area comes with some bad, an insane number of people show up every day. Cades Cove is only a ten mile loop and at times it takes 3-4 hours to drive it. It's like a bear jam in Yellowstone the entire way. Oddly enough very few people leave their car. If you find a good spot to park and walk away from the road, you'll be totally alone all day. I saw very few wildlife photographers as well. A ton of landscape shooters line the roadway in the morning but I only ran into a few that were there to photograph the wildlife.
This doe was startled by a bicycle tire explosion. It sounded just like a gunshot and I thought it was until later in the day when someone told me they saw the bike tire blow. Anyway the sound spooked her and I guess she figured I looked safer than whatever made that sound. It created a rare shot of a wild animal running directly toward me.