Sunrise at the John Oliver Cabin - Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee.

Sunrise at the John Oliver Cabin

Sunrise at the John Oliver Cabin - Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee.

Anyone that has been to Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee knows that, despite its immense beauty, the area is often jam-packed with tourists. In fact, it can often be pretty difficult to find peace and tranquility in this mountain valley. When one does find some peace and quiet, however, it's a magnificent experience.

Peace and quiet is exactly what I found on this chilly March morning in the Cove though! I was delighted as I made the short walk out to the John Oliver cabin and saw that the sky was developing a bit of color from the sun that was just starting to peek above the mountains.

These were by far some of the most peaceful moments I've had in Cades Cove, with the exception being the time I walked the loop during a small snow storm.


Top 10 Shots of 2017

My Top 10 Favorite Images from 2017

2017 is quickly coming to an end. This means that it's time to look back over the past year and pick out my top 10 favorite shots from the last year.
2017 has been a great year full of adventure. I have advanced more in my photography over this last year than I think I have in all the past years that I've been heading out with my camera. To say I'm happy with my progress would be an understatement! I've had the chance to photograph some great places and even made a few awesome new friends along the way.

Enough of that, though. It's time to jump right on into my top 10 favorite images from 2017!

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Snowy Cades Cove

Making the Best of a Failed Photo Shoot - Smoky Mountains, December 2017

I'd been obsessively checking the weather reports for weeks in advance. It looked like I was finally going to have a weather window to get the sunrise shot I'd been envisioning. The plan was relatively straight-forward. I'd drive down to the Great Smoky Mountains on Friday and get on the trail up to the summit of Mt. Leconte no later than 3 a.m. on Saturday. Then I'd simply wait around and photograph the sunrise from Myrtle Point. How hard could it be?

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