Morning sunlight streams from the east to blanket the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. This photograph features a winding section of the Foothills Parkway, near Wears Valley. Prints available.
It’s morning in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. For this small black bear cub, that means it’s time to climb a tall pine tree! Gotta practice, right? This was one of three cubs sharing this tree and having fun, as mother bear guards the area below. Photographed along the Foothills Parkway near Wears Valley. Prints available.
I photographed these climbing bear cubs yesterday morning along the Foothills Parkway in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, near Wears Valley.
The first sound I heard was probably the mother bear, moving through the underbrush near the base of the tree, down the hill approx. 50-feet away. Next, I heard (and soon observed) the three bear cubs climbing the pine tree, shredding bark under paw during their hurried ascent – it was like a sawmill with wood chips flying through the air! I also heard the mother bear snorting a few times, likely communicating with her cubs, or maybe reminding me to keep away from their space.
If you look closely near the top-right of the tree shown in the second picture, you can see a sibling cub perched among the branches.
On a recent road trip to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, I stopped at a pullover along the (old) Foothills Parkway to watch the sunrise. Then, I continued driving to Little River and enjoyed walking in shallow water while taking a few more photographs…
These photographs were taken from a scenic overlook along Foothills Parkway, near Wears Valley, Tennessee, and feature sunrise scenes over the Smoky Mountains. Prints.
This Smoky Mountains photograph was taken soon after sunrise on a mostly overcast autumn morning, from the Foothills Parkway. The town below is Wears Valley, Tennessee. Prints available.
Clouds slowly rolling along the peaks of the Smoky Mountains. Photographed in Tennessee from the Foothills Parkway. See prints.
Enjoy this grunge-style digital artwork of a Mountain View, based on a photograph I shot along the Foothills Parkway, in Tennessee. Prints available.
Sunlight creeping over peaks of the Smoky Mountains to brighten the valleys below. This black and white shot is available on prints and more. Thanks for stopping by!
Here are a few sunrise photographs I recently shot while visiting the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, taken from several different scenic overlooks along the Foothills Parkway, near Wears Valley. Prints available.
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