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.
Mama bear ascends. Such amazing claws/claw strength!
Unlike the assorted yahoo’s who observed the scene with me, I did not approach and stand under the tree!
The fog was very thick when I first arrived. This scene/habitat is very similar to that where I observed the bears.
Morning light flashes the prairie through the fog.
This is not a monochrome/black-and-white treatment. Rather, the fog and rain and mist altered the light to what you see here.
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!
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: