Today’s photograph was made in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park along the Little River Gorge Road between Metcalf Bottoms and the Townsend turnoff. It is an area that most photographers who go to the Smokies will miss if they travel in workshop groupings or with friends and multiple vehicles. The Little River Road is just not conducive to group photography: the road runs high above the river (which is now mostly channeled by man-made rock walls), turn-offs are small, and there are very few places where you can descend to river level safely. And, the section below Metcalf Bottoms really gets missed by photo groups because they will use the turnoff to the Wear Valley Road at the Bottoms as a speedy bypass on their way between Tremont and Cades Cove in the south of the park to Clingman’s Dome, Roaring Forks and Tremont in the north. The Little River Road is not made for rapid travel or photographing in groups. It is much better for solo photography.
I discovered this photo opportunity on my first trip to the park several years ago. I arrived early for a workshop with Tony Sweet and had a full, albeit rainy, day of solo photography before the workshop began. (See a 2013 post about this spot here.) This time, Barb and I stopped by in the late morning just after a rain storm; the water was running well and although I was fighting periodic bright sun that was blowing out my highlights, it gave me an opportunity to photograph **into** one of the feeder creeks as the spring green on its banks was illuminated.
Thanks for stopping by.