Appalachian Vacation - Little River Road (GSMNP)

August 18, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

One of the well-worn and well-travelled roads in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is Little River Road, which is the main road you traverse in getting from Gatlinburg to Cades Cove or Townsend, TN. It would be a mistake, however, to use the road simply as a means of getting from Point A to Point B. The Little River Road is named, not surprisingly, because it follows the course of the Little River. And while the Little River is indeed little, as compared with broad-shouldered rivers such as the Mississippi, it is not merely a creek (or "crick" for my Pennsylvania friends). Even though you can almost get across it in places by hopping from rock to rock, the Little River is a substantial river. It is also sublimely beautiful, mostly due to two critical factors: 1) because, in contrast to most of our West Texas wadis, you can see to the bottom of it; and 2) because it really does flow through some magnificent scenery.

Since one of my photographic goals on our vacation was to come back with some beautiful water images, we were compelled to stop often along the road. Okay, I was compelled, which in a sense, I suppose meant my family was compelled as well. That usually meant that my wife got our her book and started to read, and my son got out and began scampering through my viewfinder. During one long exposure on a carefully composed image, I looked up to see my son in his red t-shirt moving slowly through my image. When the shutter finally closed and I reviewed the image, this is what I saw:

Well, pixels are free, as they say, so we both had a good chuckle and moved on. Here are some of my favorites from Little River Road:

On these last four, I can't decide whether I prefer the vertical or horizontal orientations. I'd love to know what you think!

More to come . . . .


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