Sometimes it takes longer than expected to reach your destination, as it’s difficult not to stop to enjoy nature. Such was my experience recently while driving to Cades Cove in Tennessee, pausing to view this random roadside waterfall:
Once in Cades Cove, you’ll drive along an 11-mile road that’s a one-way loop through a valley surrounded by mountains. After crossing Abrams Creek, turn right on the gravel road (see Red Star) leading to the trailhead. Restrooms are available.
To beat the crowds – it’s one of the most popular areas in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – arrive early. I began my hike at 9:00 a.m. and encountered only three people returning on the trail, with three more taking photographs at Abrams Falls. By the time I left, dozens of people were en route.
Considered moderate in difficulty, hikers can expect to take 3-4 hours on the 5-mile roundtrip hike to Abrams Falls, which traverses pine-oak forest on the ridges and hemlock-rhododendron forest along the river. The sound of running water remains constant along the trail, though elevations vary by several hundred feet.
Named for a Cherokee chief whose village once stood several miles downstream, Abrams Falls are only 20 feet high but account for a substantial volume of water.
Here’s a short video –
Here are some beautiful landscape photographs I took while hiking in Cades Cove, along the trail to Abrams Falls…
If you’d be interested in owning a print, I’ve included select photographs in my gallery at Pixels. Each is available on a variety of different print types – framed, canvas, art, wood, metal and acrylic.
With macro photography, details make all the difference. Case in point, this “Macro Glass Reflections” close-up, in contrast to my earlier Fractured Glass blog entry (photographed yesterday).
Although my idea of using a large chunk of green glass as subject matter was a worthy consideration, the earlier image was photographed from a hand-held perspective. Today, however, the camera was placed on an immovable surface. The resultant clarity through minimizing movement accounted for a substantial difference in picture quality.
As regards lighting, the earlier photograph was taken yesterday afternoon, after the sunlight had moved beyond my window. Today’s “Macro Glass Reflections” picture, however, was photographed this morning as the sunlight beamed directly through my window and onto the glass. This adjustment certainly contributed to the improved definition and vibrant colors present.
Guests are encouraged to visit my gallery at Fine Art America to ascertain whether a particular print type may appeal as a new addition to one’s home decor.
Enjoy this gothic architectural photography, featuring an ornate archway of the Law Quad building located on the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan. The courtyard inside is a popular spot for students to read and relax, especially on pleasant days such as seen here. Available in my gallery at Fine Art America on a variety of different print types. Thanks for stopping by!
This close-up still life photography features a set of green glass goblets with clear stems on a gold colored tablecloth. Shades of green, curved reflections and a blurred background combine to add interest in this shot, which is available in my gallery at Fine Art America. Select among various available print types, such as: framed, canvas, art, acrylic, metal and wood. Several options provide for customization of framed prints, as well. Thanks for stopping by!