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At the Great Smokey Mountain National Park.

This cascade was found on the Roaring fork motor trail.

One of our favorite scenic drives in the Smokey Mountains

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And another from our trek around Roaring Fork Motor Trail...

The drive through Roaring Fork is a must do!

A small, unnamed waterfall off the Roaring Fork Motor Trail, downstream from Grotto Falls

Standing knee deep in a pool on Roaring Fork in Smoky Mountains Park, balanced on top of a slick rock while holding onto my camera atop a tripod I was oblivious to anything going on in the surrounding environment other than the beauty of this place. If I had slipped and ‘dunked’ my camera and lens, you would have probably heard me all the way back in Burke County NC, maybe beyond. If you are every in the park, it’s worth the drive around Roaring Fork Motor Trail, very beautiful streams with moss covered rocks and many cascades as the creek leaves the mountain valley…

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Natural Dam in the background. Pic below of the falls below taken on the same morning.

Great Smoky Mountains Gatlinburg TN - Lush

 

The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail outside of Gatlinburg follows this lovely small river through endless cascades and lush green foliage in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee.

 

Single exposure with a Nikon D800 w/ 17-35mm f/2.8

 

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Roaring Fork, The Great Smoky Mountains.

 

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Roaring Fork is a stream in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, located in the Southeastern United States. Once the site of a small Appalachian community, today the stream's area is home to the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and the Roaring Fork Historic District. Like many mountain streams, Roaring Fork is volatile. While the stream presents as a peaceful trickle on any given day, it quickly becomes a raging whitewater rapid after a mild rain shower. The "roar" of the water is amplified by its echo on surrounding mountain ridges.

 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a United States National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site that straddles the ridgeline of the Great Smoky Mountains, part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are a division of the larger Appalachian Mountain chain. The border between Tennessee and North Carolina runs northeast to southwest through the centerline of the park. It is the most visited national park in the United States.

Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN.

Green Mossy Rocks Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

Date taken: April 18, 2017

 

"The rocks are beyond slow, beyond strong, and yet yielding to a soft green breath as powerful as a glacier, the mosses wearing away their surfaces, grain by grain bringing them slowly back to sand. There is an ancient conversation going on between mosses and rocks, poetry to be sure."

 

I read a wonderful little book this year while visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses by Robin Wall Kimmerer. It was such a great read. I saw the Smokies with completely different eyes; my appreciation extended to areas I normally skated right over. I love when a book does that.

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Another Great Smoky Mountains National Park scenic landscape photo from the Roaring Fork in the outside of Gatlinburg TN.

 

I named this image "The Gift of Life" for a few reasons. Aside from the obvious meaning of the water supplying life to the lush forest around it, and the way such places have a way of nourishing the soul, this wonderful portion of river is right behind a historic homestead and surely offered the owners the means to live in this somewhat harsh environment. This gorgeous area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park definitely embodies the name "The Gift of Life" in my opinion. Hope you enjoy it, faves and comments are appreciated! ;-)

 

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Shot with a Nikon D700 and the 17-35mm f2.8 lens

 

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Roaring Fork Cabin. Great Smoky Mountains

Roaring Fork Falls is just a bit off of the Blue Ridge Parkway at MP344.1. Go south on Route 80 to South Toe River Road. Once you cross a small bridge after your turn off of Route 80, turn left and follow the gravel road for 0.2 miles. Park on left and the trailhead is behind you. The trail is a pretty easy 0.65 mile.

 

On my first visit to the falls about a year ago, the water level was lower and I had a very sunny sky which put highlights on the falls. This time we got there about 9am and the sun was low enough to be blocked by the trees. By 10:30, the sun gets high in the sky and blows out the water. Get there early.

 

The waterfall is very nice with a series of drops. I would have liked to get closer and higher but the steep slippery rocks on the right side just made it too risky. When water levels are as good as today, there are many good compositions possible.

 

We also tried nearby Setrock Creek Falls but surprisedly the water wasn't much more than a trickle so we turned around and left.

 

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Nothing says Smoky Mountains like flowing water and green moss on boulders.

A section of Roaring Fork, Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina

"Roaring Fork Dawn" -- Located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in western North Carolina, Roaring Fork Falls, is an amazing spot to to visit. A short walk of around 1/2 mile leads to this interesting falls that cascades for around 100 yards in various slides and drops. For this shot, I hiked in before the sun rose and wait for the first bit of light to trickle into the canyon which, consequently, illuminated the most distant portion of the falls. The rest fell into line from there. It was a great morning!

 

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Mossy creek along Roaring Fork Motor Trail

This is the Alex Cole cabin located at the Jim Bales Place seen on the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail in The Great Smoky Mountains.

This was my first adventure at Roaring Fork this year. I love this place so much. I found this little cascade near one of the bridges as you descend down the mountain. I tried many angles on this composure and I guess I like this one best. There are so many thousands of composures you can come up with at Roaring Fork and I will go back again and attempt a few more.

 

Roaring Fork Falls is one of my favorites. It is just past the Blue Ridge Parkway on US80 north.

 

The conditions were great on this day even though the skies were full sunlight. If you get to these falls before 10am, you should be protected by tree shade. We were greeted with great water flow from recent rains and little wind.

 

Just be very careful if you attempt to creep up the right side. Those rocks are very slippery.

 

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Roaring Fork is a stream in the Roaring Fork / Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, located in the Southeastern United States. Once the site of a small Appalachian community, today the stream's area is home to the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and the Roaring Fork Historic District.

 

Like many mountain streams, Roaring Fork is notoriously volatile. While the stream presents as a peaceful trickle on any given day, it quickly becomes a raging whitewater rapid after a mild rain shower. The "roar" of the water is amplified by its echo on surrounding mountain ridges.

 

Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

Exposure: 20

Aperture: f/29.0

Focal Length: 36 mm

Exposure: 0.00

ISO Speed: 100

Exposure Bias: 0 EV

Flash: Off, Did not fire

Location: Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail Gatlinburg, Tennessee

 

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A landscape version of one I have posted before of a trip there this last June. I never tire of this drive!

Vertical composition of a similar shot I've already posted... I think the pain I felt while taking this shot was probably the most I've ever felt in my entire life. Alistair Nicol was standing right next to me and we discussed a branch that was ruining the shot just above the first mossy rock in the picture. -- I volunteered to move it -- On my way back to my spot and camera, I slipped on one of the rocks underneath the water, falling and hitting my shin on the rock. I hit it pretty straight on, but just enough to cause some scrapping and not complete full force...but...it was still enough to make a knot on my shin that was elevated, seriously, about an inch and bigger than a baseball. The pain was unreal. Anyway...it was worth it :)

Roaring Fork River, Aspen, Colorado. This year's Halloween tribute. Processed with Lightroom, Photoshop and textures.

Smoky Mountain Roaring Fork Cascade, Waterfall

Took too many shots at Roaring Fork :)

We have had a really hot summer here! So we decided to cool off and take a trip to The Great Smoky Mountain National Park. It was so nice to breathe again! The weather was delightful! We have never been there when the Rosebay Rhodies were in full bloom, and they were breathtaking! The forest was magical with thier blooms along the rivers and hillsides. This is one of my favorite roadside rivers to shoot. So pretty! If you had just one word to describe the Smokies, I would say that word would have to be green!

Water Cascades through a Lush Green Streambed in the Smokies

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Accessed via the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

Date taken: June 8, 2014

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I'll be co-instructing a "Spring in the Smokies" workshop this coming April with Tommy White of Mountains to Sea Workshops. I'm super excited to get back to these amazing mountains to witness the bloom of dogwoods and redbuds as the streams and foliage turn electric green with new growth. If you're interested in the opportunity, check out this link for more information!

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Author John Lane writes, “Sublime in the southern wilderness is always closed in, cramped by trees, cliffs, hills. Everything closes in on you down here, everything, close enough to touch, both the beautiful and the ugly. If you can’t see beauty in closeness you’ll really never see it in the south” (p.83). I’ve thought about this statement frequently as I’ve worked my own way through the wilderness of the Southern Appalachians, often while trying to satisfy and understand my own preferences for what I shoot and view through the camera lens. My first camera was purchased with only one lens, a wide-angle 12-24mm, and I didn’t feel limited in the slightest for many years of shooting around Western North Carolina and the Southern Appalachians. Eventually I felt the tug and purchased a 70-200mm lens, a shift that also occurred after the personal realization that overlook scenics were more desirable by public consumption in general, verifying some light research I was doing previously with evidence-based design principles suggesting that perhaps we’re genetically wired from evolution to prefer and feel safer subconsciously when viewing open vistas versus closed in. However, there is still no doubt for me personally that the most authentic scenics from the Southern Appalachian mountains, despite perhaps the genetic reactions of apprehension and danger I might feel subconsciously, are close, cramped, dark, green, wet and otherwise intimate places within the landscape. While I, too, enjoy the incredible aerial scenics from man-made Lake Jocassee or the many overlooks along the Blue Ridge Parkway that have been cleared of laurel thickets and carved from the sides of rocky mountains, when I see photographs of green streams choked with vegetation and rock I know right away that I’m looking at something genuine, something with its own wild nature, something authentically Appalachian.

 

Lane goes on to say that “Southern beauty is full of moments and surprises usually associated with nearby places closed off from the world” (p.84). Many folks seem to discount those places that are near a road or populated town as somehow inferior to other harder to reach areas. What I’ve come to understand for myself as a photographer is exactly the opposite, that as author John Lane stated, surprises and moments of amazing happen just as frequently with these nearby places as they do with the harder to reach and further away destinations; the difference is only in mental appreciation of the work and effort to reach the latter.

 

Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is a six mile, narrow, one-way loop road just outside of Gatlinburg, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Here visitors will find a vigorous mountain stream gathering waters from Mount LeConte above and bouncing off some of the most green, lush, rocky streambeds I know of! Friend and photographer Dave Allen introduced me to the loop a couple of years back and I’ve been meaning to get in there and concertedly photograph since then. I finally made it happen in early June of this year and this is one of the takes that I came away with!

  

An old cabin framed by colorful Autumn foliage along the Roaring Forks trail in the Smoky Mountains.

This is a shot from just downstream of Roaring Fork Falls in Yancey County, NC. I can't wait for warmer weather to get back out in the streams and creeks of WNC!

The Roaring Fork stream in the Smokies, along the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.

 

(Explore #222, 4/9/12)

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