Field Reports

Fall in the Smokys

George Theodore, November 14, 2017

The Smokys. What a great place to spend a few fall days photographing. The first couple of days looked rather bleak, as colors were a little late. But, rains and a slight drop in temperature promised colors were not far behind. As the week progressed, colors got better and better. The rains fed rivers, streams and waterfalls and we enjoyed capturing reflected colors shooting sections of them at a time. We got a little snow too.

Driving through Cades Cove, we counted nine black bears. One sow with triplets, another with twins. They were on the ground and up in trees; and, of course, it really slowed traffic. On one entrance into the Cove, a sign warning was up telling us the traffic was so heavy, it might take two to three hours to make the eleven-mile drive. Well, it wasn’t that bad; we did it in an hour. Cades Cove’s Sparks Lane looked good in the sun and in fog.

All in all, it was a good week. Here are images from our workshop participants.