Driving across the Cumberland Plateau, I began to have just a bit of a sinking feeling about the conditions for our upcoming workshop in the Smokies. The weather had been very warm and super dry for quite a while and the trees on the Plateau were simply brown or bare. Not a good sign! But, I did get a somewhat encouraging report from a local friend who lives near the park and that yes, the water was low, but some Fall color was still on display, in spite of the extreme conditions. And as luck would have it, on day one of the workshop we got rain!
Maybe I'm a bit of an outlier but my favorite time to photograph the Smokies is during a rain shower. The waterfalls and creeks come alive and there is usually some interesting storm light hanging around the high ridges.
So we started off with some fun photography along the Roaring Fork and enjoyed the fresh rain fall in the streams there. We also spent some time over in Greenbriar just exploring the fall colors and streams in one of my favorite sections of the park. The day came to an end with some dramatic waterfall images at Tremont, with a compelling combination of color and cascades.
Then, we made it over to Big Creek. It takes a bit of work to arrive at Big Creek which is one of the reasons why I enjoy photographing there, far fewer people take the time to visit the more remote corners of the park. Big Creek offers scene after scene of compelling creek views and fall colors. In years where fall color might be a little hard to find, I always head to Big Creek and am never disappointed.
We ended the workshop with quite a show up high. It's always a bit of an early days driving up to the Dome where it's windy and more than a little brisk this time of year. But, it was really worth at as we could see an amazing sunrise unfold right before our eyes.
Fantastic group of clients who worked super hard in the field and made some compelling images.
Looking forward to being back in the Smokies for the Spring workshop!
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