Almost Heaven – The Smokies

In the Smokies for a week – my 4th time at a cabin in Townsend, TN (the quiet side of the Smokies as contrasted with Gatlinburg, 18 miles away – a combination traffic gridlock and circus all rolled into one).
For a preview of what heaven looks like –

At the end of a private 1/4 mile gravel road on a steep bluff (note the fall off behind the cabin) about 150′ directly above the Little Tennessee River – and about 200 yards across the river from the sign that reads Welcome to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park on the road from Townsend. Completely surrounded by forest & spring wildflowers – and the murmur of the river down below – my idea of heaven.
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The best part is in the back – an 8×28′ deck –

with rocking chairs, grill and table for dining al fresco.
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The view over the edge is awesome – some trees close enough to touch. Through the trees and across the river, A few hundred yards away, is the nearly vertical side of a mountain that towers over the cabin. As I said – awesome.

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and the river 150′ (almost straight) down through the trees

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And me in my rocker (and laptop, internet at the cabin this year for the 1st time; not sure that’s a good thing – but today is Saturday & the visitor count jumped 5-fold [read bumper to bumper idiots everywhere] & the weather is sunny [read crummy for photography] and so here I’ll stay for the day).

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To show that I haven’t been goofing off (entirely) here are three images made in about an hour my first morning out on Thursday. Wish you were here 😉 (not really; saw a great sign yesterday “HOWDY! Welcome. Now GIT!”)

All it takes is waterproof footwear.
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I like shooting through fences (or bridge rails in this case) for framing
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Panned the camera vertically and then added a darker border with a vignette and a light image border to complete the arty effect – but, believe it or not, the best part was done in camera with the panned long exposure (covered in this post).

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