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Oct 27-30, 2007

The Great Smoky Mountain

A very beautiful place to shoot

   

Cades Cove is a lush valley surrounded by mountains and one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smokies. Deer are almost always sighted in the fields, and observations of other wildlife, including bear, Wild Turkey, and fox are possible. Please use pullouts when viewing wildlife and never approach or feed animals.

 

A wide array of historic buildings dating back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries is scattered through-out the cove. These include a grist mill, a variety of barns, three churches, and a marvelous collection of log homes and outbuildings.

 

An 11-mile one-way loop road takes you around the cove. Traffic will be heavy during the tourist season in summer and fall and on weekends year-round.

 

A visitor center (open daily), restrooms, and the Cable Mill historic area are located half-way around the loop road.

 

Numerous trails originate in the cove, including the five-mile roundtrip trail to Abrams Falls and the short Cades Cove Nature Trail. Longer hikes to Thunderhead Mountain and Rocky Top (made famous by the popular song) also begin in the cove.

 

Several designated backcountry campsites (camping by permit only) are located along trails.

 

Only bicycle and foot traffic are allowed on the loop road from sunrise until 10:00 a.m. every Saturday and Wednesday morning from early May until late September

Abram's Falls

Cades Cove

Great Smokey Mountains

Tennessee

Winter, 2008

 

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This is from our trip to Abram's Falls! This was one of the more difficult parts of the path because it was so rocky although the rocks were beautiful. Hubby said they were slate and they did have some beautiful colors in them but I didn't get a closeup of them. Hope this one suffices!

 

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Explored - February 23, 2008

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I love nature, I love the landscape, because it is so sincere. It never cheats me. It never jests. It is cheerfully, musically earnest. I lie and relie on the earth. – Henry David Thoreau

 

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Spent the majority of my final full day up in the Smoky Mountains hiking to the waterfall pictured above, Abram's Falls. It was a fairly decent hike; about 2.5 miles each way but worth the view at the end.

 

It seems we arrived and left at just the right moment because we passed a lot of people heading towards the falls as we were heading back up the trail. It would have been difficult to get quiet and tranquil photos with all those people around.

 

I know this panorama isn't perfect, in some spots the focus is off. But still; having shot this long exposure freehand I'm pleased by the results and decided I may as well go ahead and use it for today.

 

I had changed my image settings to capture this photo and managed to frustrate myself to no end by forgetting to reset the settings to my preferred means of shooting; so the majority of my photos for today were a little more difficult than usual to process.

 

But; all that aside, it was still a great day. Tomorrow will most likely be in the city until it's time to venture to the airport so that I can return to snow... I mean reality.

 

Hope everyone has had a good day.

 

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...and the river of light whirled through the darkness underfoot as well as above; there seemed to be no ground in front of my feet, only the abyss of star-studded space falling away forever.

 

-David Abram

The Spell of the Sensuous

 

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"My darling I am dreaming of the days gone by,

When you and I were sweethearts beneath the summer sky...

The old mill wheel is silent and has fallen down.

The old oak tree has withered and lies there on the ground;

While you and I are sweethearts...

Down by the old mill stream"

-Tell Taylor 1908

 

Van Campens brook runs through the trees back there down from the waterwheel and mill that has been rebuilt where the original once stood in Millbrook, New Jersey. This house belonged to Abram Garis, the man who built the old mill in 1832. There's also an old fallen tree out of frame to the right just like in the song.

Abrams Falls is a 5 mile hike around trip. Locate in Cades Cove, Tennessee...

Wonderful hike the other weekend to Abrams Falls. It's been very rainy in the Great Smoky Mountains, so there was a lot of water coming over the falls.

Great Smoky Mountains - Image captured at the top of Abrams Falls.

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Oct 27-30, 2007

The Great Smoky Mountain

A very beautiful place to shoot

   

Cades Cove is a lush valley surrounded by mountains and one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smokies. Deer are almost always sighted in the fields, and observations of other wildlife, including bear, Wild Turkey, and fox are possible. Please use pullouts when viewing wildlife and never approach or feed animals.

 

A wide array of historic buildings dating back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries is scattered through-out the cove. These include a grist mill, a variety of barns, three churches, and a marvelous collection of log homes and outbuildings.

 

An 11-mile one-way loop road takes you around the cove. Traffic will be heavy during the tourist season in summer and fall and on weekends year-round.

 

A visitor center (open daily), restrooms, and the Cable Mill historic area are located half-way around the loop road.

 

Numerous trails originate in the cove, including the five-mile roundtrip trail to Abrams Falls and the short Cades Cove Nature Trail. Longer hikes to Thunderhead Mountain and Rocky Top (made famous by the popular song) also begin in the cove.

 

Several designated backcountry campsites (camping by permit only) are located along trails.

 

Only bicycle and foot traffic are allowed on the loop road from sunrise until 10:00 a.m. every Saturday and Wednesday morning from early May until late September

...actually, it was so bright and sunny, I couldn't really do much a of a long exposure at all---water was just too bright. This was my best attempt

 

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www.rueltafalla.blogspot.com

Oct 27-30, 2007

The Great Smoky Mountain

A very beautiful place to shoot

   

Cades Cove is a lush valley surrounded by mountains and one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smokies. Deer are almost always sighted in the fields, and observations of other wildlife, including bear, Wild Turkey, and fox are possible. Please use pullouts when viewing wildlife and never approach or feed animals.

 

A wide array of historic buildings dating back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries is scattered through-out the cove. These include a grist mill, a variety of barns, three churches, and a marvelous collection of log homes and outbuildings.

 

An 11-mile one-way loop road takes you around the cove. Traffic will be heavy during the tourist season in summer and fall and on weekends year-round.

 

A visitor center (open daily), restrooms, and the Cable Mill historic area are located half-way around the loop road.

 

Numerous trails originate in the cove, including the five-mile roundtrip trail to Abrams Falls and the short Cades Cove Nature Trail. Longer hikes to Thunderhead Mountain and Rocky Top (made famous by the popular song) also begin in the cove.

 

Several designated backcountry campsites (camping by permit only) are located along trails.

 

Only bicycle and foot traffic are allowed on the loop road from sunrise until 10:00 a.m. every Saturday and Wednesday morning from early May until late September

www.rueltafalla.blogspot.com

Oct 27-30, 2007

The Great Smoky Mountain

A very beautiful place to shoot

   

Cades Cove is a lush valley surrounded by mountains and one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smokies. Deer are almost always sighted in the fields, and observations of other wildlife, including bear, Wild Turkey, and fox are possible. Please use pullouts when viewing wildlife and never approach or feed animals.

 

A wide array of historic buildings dating back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries is scattered through-out the cove. These include a grist mill, a variety of barns, three churches, and a marvelous collection of log homes and outbuildings.

 

An 11-mile one-way loop road takes you around the cove. Traffic will be heavy during the tourist season in summer and fall and on weekends year-round.

 

A visitor center (open daily), restrooms, and the Cable Mill historic area are located half-way around the loop road.

 

Numerous trails originate in the cove, including the five-mile roundtrip trail to Abrams Falls and the short Cades Cove Nature Trail. Longer hikes to Thunderhead Mountain and Rocky Top (made famous by the popular song) also begin in the cove.

 

Several designated backcountry campsites (camping by permit only) are located along trails.

 

Only bicycle and foot traffic are allowed on the loop road from sunrise until 10:00 a.m. every Saturday and Wednesday morning from early May until late September

Saw lots of these Bubby Bushes on the Abrams Fall trail in Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains. The buds were just starting to open.

Abram's Falls in the Fall

Abrams Falls (accessed from a 5 mile roundtrip hike in Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountain National Park) sits in the midst of color as it plunges over the 20 foot ledge on Abrams Creek.

Abrams Falls is in the Smokies. It's an easy hike from Cades Cove.

Abrams Falls (6.1m), Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

 

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Here's my first shot from Smoky Mountain National Park! This shot is of the river that runs along side little river road. We were on our way to hike to Abrams Falls and stopped at one of the pull offs and climbed down by the river side. It was a lot of fun and the weather was just perfect. I used my ND filter quite a lot during our park outings. Enjoy!

 

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This past weekend sucked. And then it snowed. It didn't bother me this time, it fit. I went looking for a lone tree in the snow to do a self portrait kind of thing, but found this instead.

 

I almost didn't post this. I didn't think it was that great. And now look. ;)

Flatford Mill, on the River Stour in Suffolk, was a successful commercial enterprise owned by John Constable’s father, the wealthy merchant Golding Constable, and later by John’s brother, Abram (John wanted to become a painter and showed little interest in the family business). The water-powered mill, built in 1733, ground grain for flour, and milling continued here until the early 20th century.

 

After that, it fell into serious disrepair until it was acquired by the National Trust in 1943. It has now been restored to its former glory and is leased by the Trust to the Field Studies Council, an educational charity which helps people of all ages understand and be inspired by the natural world.

 

The mill is noted for its appearance in a number of John Constable's paintings, including Flatford Mill from a Lock on the River Stour and Flatford Mill from the Lock (A water mill), both owned by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

 

Did the five mile hike to Abrams Falls in the Smokies, went to the grocery store and made it back in time for the football games.

Abrams Falls, located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The trail to the falls is a 5 mile round-trip hike that is well worth the moderately difficult journey. The creek and waterfall were named for a Cherokee Indian Chief called Oskuah, who later adopted the name Abram.

 

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Wheaton, Illinois

October 16, 2008

 

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Shot on trail to Abram Falls.

Beautiful hike to Abrams Falls in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A longer view of the falls......with sunlit autumn leaves in the foreground.......

About the Model

 

This is my 23 years old relative Athraa. The name ‘Athraa’ in Arabic means ‘Virgin’. It’s a loved name in Iraq because purity is considered a virtue and not something to be ashamed of—I agree with this not only because I am from the Middle East but also because I am Christian. It is a common name among Iraq’s Christians because the term ‘Al-Athraa’ (The Virgin) is used as a quick referral to the Virgin Mary.

 

Even though it looks like we played together when we were children, I had absolutely no idea her family even existed! It wasn’t until two years ago when Athraa and her family immigrated to Michigan, USA, that I heard about them. She is related to me from my mom’s family and my mom and hers were close friends as teenagers.

 

I’ve talked to Athraa a couple of times on the phone so when my family and hers decided to go to Niagara Falls last weekend I decided to take her photo...and I had something in mind! So I started looking for a green scarf and thank God, my sister had one. She laughed at the idea of the green scarf saying, “I’ve never worn a scarf in my life and now when I come to North America you want me to wear one!” Then I asked Athraa to put Arabic eye make-up on when she comes to the trip. She was looking forward to the photo shoot, which is always encouraging to the photographer.

 

The first thing you notice about Athraa is the way she talks. She speaks with such passion that all of her face’s features try to convey the message she wants to get across, and she starts signing with her hands, and her heads moves depending on the intensity of the topic! It is so cute, and everyone who meets her tells her that they love the way she speaks—she is very lovable. She also has a very beautiful voice when she sings. She sang a traditional Iraqi song and I was very surprised by how beautiful her voice was, even though my aunt had already told me that Athraa has a beautiful voice.

 

About Iraq’s Christians

 

I would like to talk about this because there are so many misconceptions about who are Iraq’s Christians. People usually think that there are no Christians in Iraq. For example, in high school I had an English teacher who asked me year after year if I was fasting in Ramadan (the fasting month in Islam) and I would tell him that I was a Christian. But he kept asking me that question the next year! People simply forget that Christianity originated in the Middle East, and that the total area of Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, and Iraq is smaller than Ontario (so it wasn’t that difficult, geographically speaking, to spread Christianity)!

 

About a decade ago Christians used to make 2-3% of Iraq’s population, now I am guessing there are even less especially after the 2003 war. Iraq’s Christians are from four major ethnical groups: Chaldeans, Assyrians, Syriac people, and Armenians. Armenians fled to Iraq in WWI when Turkey was killing Armenia’s Christians under the Ottoman Empire; even Christians, especially Assyrians, in north Iraq were victims of the genocide. Nowadays many of Iraq’s Christians have permanently settled in other countries like Canada (especially Windsor, Ontario), USA (especially in Detroit, Michigan), Germany, England, Sweden, Spain, New Zealand, and Australia.

 

Here I am just going to talk about Chaldeans because my family, and so is Athraa’s, is Chaldean. Chaldeans are the native dwellers of what was known as Chaldea, and what is known today as Iraq. I don’t know if they came from somewhere else and settled in Iraq or they have always been there! After all the Garden of Eden was between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers which run through Iraq (Genesis 2:14)! The Bible says in Genesis 11:28, “While his father Terah was still alive, Haran died in Ur of the Chaldeans, in the land of his birth”, and it says in Nehemiah 9:7, "You are the LORD God, who chose Abram and brought him out of Ur of the Chaldeans and named him Abraham." (Ur is a historic city in southern Iraq.) When asked I just say I am from the Middle East, because it is so much easier than saying I am a Chaldean and then I get a blank stare back! And if someone assumes I am an Arab I don't correct them, unless they ask; to me it doesn't matter what my ethnicity is because the only thing that really matters is who I am in Christ.

 

As you have guessed by now being a Chaldean is not a religion or a faith but it is an ethnicity. However, traditionally (and by birth) Chaldeans are Christian; just like saying an Israelite is Jewish by birth, or a Russian is Orthodox Christian by birth. Most Chaldeans in Iraq are Roman Catholics. However, a lot of Iraq’s Christians, like me, have abandoned the Roman Catholic church and embraced other denominations that are non-traditional and teach salvation is through God’s grace only. I personally don’t belong to any denomination, but if I had to choose one then I would probably choose Baptists.

 

The mother language of Chaldeans is Aramaic; however, present day Chaldeans speak a modern version of the old Aramaic language. Aramaic was the business language of the Middle East in Biblical times. Therefore, when two different groups of people wanted to communicate they spoke Aramaic (just like English is the international language nowadays). The Bible says in 2 Kings 18:26, “Then Eliakim son of Hilkiah, and Shebna and Joah said to the field commander, ‘Please speak to your servants in Aramaic, since we understand it. Don't speak to us in Hebrew in the hearing of the people on the wall.’” Our Lord spoke Aramaic; actually, a friend of mine told me he understood some of the Aramaic dialect in the movie The Passion of the Christ. Aramaic, Arabic, and Hebrew seem to come from one parent language--or were developed at the same time and influenced greatly by one another--because there are many common words between them.

 

Athraa and I don’t speak Aramaic--we speak Arabic--because our parents didn’t speak it neither did our grandparents; this is common among people who lived in the city for many generations since Arabic is the national language of Iraq. I was often looked down upon by other Chaldeans because I do not know Aramaic (which is not a bad thing if you know my testimony), and Muslims often wondered how I could be a Christian and not speak Aramaic. Again, people were confusing ethnicity, religion, language, and nationality.

 

Finally, Athraa and I are Iraqis—that’s our nationality. I guess it is similar to an Aboriginal person born in Quebec, Canada, to parents who have been living in the city for many generations. His ethnicity would be Aboriginal, his language would be French, and his nationality would be Canadian. You see, it is not that difficult!

 

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PS: I was going to title this photo "The Forgotten: Iraq's Christians", but then I realized that God doesn't forget His creation even if humans did--He definitely didn't forget me. Athraa and her family left Iraq because they received threads, "You must pay money for living in Muslims' land or pay with your lives." They decided to sell their house, pay the money, and leave the country. Sad how people like Chaldeans and Assyrians who have been living in Iraq before Arabs and Islam even existed are kicked out of their land, the land of their ancestors, and the only place they have ever known as home because suddenly it belongs to someone else! And now they are scattered all over the world losing their ethnical and national identity which they held for thousands of years.

 

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Note: The above information about Chaldeans may not be completely accurate because Assyrians claim that Chaldeans are not the descendants of the original Chaldeans of Abraham, but are Assyrians who separated from the Eastern Church and joined the Roman Catholic Church about 5 centuries ago and so were called "Chaldeans" to differentiate them from Assyrians.

 

I am glad that this photo has won a 'beauty' challenge on dpreview.com: www.flickr.com/photos/f_j/4926403970/ :)

 

(Niagara Fall, ON; summer 2010.)

 

Mr. Tom Turkey stepping high and strutting proud early on a spring morning near the Abrams Falls trailhead in GSMNP. He was heading towards a hen when we first saw him, and pretty focused on catching up to her.

 

Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Tennessee, USA. Elevation: 1,730 ft. May 2, 2017.

Abrams Falls, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

  

Long hike out there but worth it for a beautiful shot!

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