A few hours in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee.

On the first day that the National Parks were reopened to the citizens who own them, I drove to the Smoky Mountains to have a few hours in Cades Cove – a truly remarkable location, and a visit I highly recommend.

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I feel so very fortunate to see a family of American Black Bears up close and personal – sort of.

Peek-a-boo 🙂

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American Black Bear_2AM-000210
Canon 7D with Canon 100-400MM f/4.5-5.6L lens. f5.6 for 1/400 second at ISO 800 (handheld).
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Mama bear ascends. Such amazing claws/claw strength!

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American Black Bear_2AM-000214
Canon 7D with Canon 100-400MM f/4.5-5.6L lens. f5.6 for 1/400 second at ISO 800 (handheld).
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All Rights Reserved.

 

Unlike the assorted yahoo’s who observed the scene with me, I did not approach and stand under the tree!

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American Black Bear_2AM-000371
Canon 7D with Canon 100-400MM f/4.5-5.6L lens. f5.6 for 1/125 second at ISO 1000 (handheld).
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All Rights Reserved.

 

The fog was very thick when I first arrived. This scene/habitat is very similar to that where I observed the bears.

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Cades Cove_2AM-000546
Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105MM f/4L lens. f22 for 1/5 second at ISO 200.
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Morning light flashes the prairie through the fog.

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Cades Cove_2AM-000553
Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105MM f/4L lens. f22 for 1/8 second at ISO 200.
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All Rights Reserved.

 

This is not a monochrome/black-and-white treatment. Rather, the fog and rain and mist altered the light to what you see here.

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Great Smoky Mountains_2AM-000528
Canon 7D with Canon 100-400MM f/4.5-5.6L lens. f22 for 1/13 second at ISO 500.
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All Rights Reserved.

 

The lovely winding road that leads to Cades Cove follows a stream for a good portion, and this lone tunnel is always intriguing to me. I stopped to take this image on my way out – the fall leaves are beginning to turn on  a show right now!

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Great Smoky Mountains_2AM-000079
Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105MM f/4L lens. f22 for 6 seconds at ISO 800.
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

These images are a mere sampling of the wondrous place that is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For more of my images of the park, swing over to some of my earlier/archived posts:

https://2amphotography.wordpress.com/2012/01/05/a-bloody-cold-shoot-in-the-mountains/
https://2amphotography.wordpress.com/2011/08/30/serenity-in-the-great-smoky-mountains-national-park/

 

Cheers,

Andrew

 

 

 

 

“Creative Context” images.

This post contains the 27 Creative Context images we have created. Creative Context images are a form of photographic expression that combines nature photography and artistic renderings of background objects to provide creative context. These unique prints are a combination of the photographic works of Andrew McInnes, and the creative drawings of Ken Skinner.

All images Copyright Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography.

Please visit the following website if you wish to purchase prints:
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We hope you see the beauty of the natural world that surrounds us in this new form of photographic and artistic expression.

 

Rainbow Lorikeet 2AM-18278

 

Great Egret 2AM-6394

 

Northern Jacana 2AM-9481

 

Carolina Chickadee 2AM-7966

 

White Ibis 2AM-5771

 

Australian King Parrot 2AM-18978

 

Mourning Dove 2AM-7053

 

Keel-billed Toucan 2AM-9787

 

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 2AM-7821

 

Great Egret 2AM-6751

 

Eastern Spinebill 2AM-19024

 

Scarlet Tanager 2AM-6930

 

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2AM-104192

 

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Tricolored Heron 2AM-6839

 

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White-bellied Emerald 2AM-9400

 

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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 2AM-7818

 

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Black-crowned Night-Heron 2AM-3870

 

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Bridled Honeyeater 2AM-19465

 

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Brown Pelican 2AM-6821

 

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Common Moorhen 2AM-4234

 

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Crested Caracara 2AM-7115

 

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Eastern Rosella 2AM-9396

 

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Green Heron 2AM-7848

 

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Northern Cardinal 2AM-10073

 

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Northern Mockingbird 2AM-5645

 

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Pied-billed Grebe 2AM-13179

 

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Red-tailed Hawk 2AM-7746

 

 

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