Great Smoky Mountains Quick Trip

April 19, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I made a quick, and much too short trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park last week. It was the first time I'd been there since the wildfires last year. As has been reported, the downtown area of Gatlinburg fared fairly well, but if you venture very far off the parkway going through town, you start to see a lot of rebuilding. Clearly the town was at serious risk.

One of my favorite short drives is the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. It's only 5.5 miles around, but I can get lost there for hours making images. It was a little early for a lot of foliage, and there was definite fire damage around the early part of the loop road, but Roaring Fork was flowing well and so I made a few water images I'm happy with. I also found a lot of Trillium growing along the lower half of the loop. Trillium are hallmark spring wildflowers in the park, commonly found in the mid to lower elevations along shaded creeks. Below are a few images from the trip.

An image of a family of White Trillium, a common spring wildflower commonly seen in the mid to low elevations of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


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