Cumberland Falls, Kentucky. First stop. Many of my favorite shooting places were blocked off for one reason of another, and not many wildflowers. But the falls were roaring!
Like many places, it looks like it was a rough winter. Lots of stuff down.
Usually check on this leaning tree. Doesn't look like it will take many more bad years.
We did our before sunrise shots this year from a new section of the Foothills Parkway. I think I liked the old overlook better,
A view from the Foothills Parkway a little later in the morning.
And on to Tremont water. The water was really amazing this year, and I did a lot of it. I even did a video to capture the sound!
Violets were blooming in Tremont. These are growing out of a fallen log with lots of moss and small ferns.
A very nice clump of Showy Orchis.
The next few shots are early morning at Cades Cove. The skies were incredible over the mountains.
A shot from the back of the Cable House in Cades Cove. I have always liked the cantilevered building on the right, So different from how we build them in Ohio.
Lichens on a fallen tree branch. The Smokies seem to have a greater variety of lichens than I usually see.
Checking the tree bark and lichens, there was one patch of bright green.
Color patterns on a foundation.
Old cabin partially restored in Elkmont. What I found interesting, besides the bright red windows, was the reflection patterns here and in the unrestored windows in the background.
Closer view of the reflections.
Water was beautiful at Elkmont, also.
Spring evening reflection on the Elkmont water.
Back to Tremont, probably my favorite place, for more water.