Flowering Dogwood at the Carter Shields Cabin

The main weather event of our first full day in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was rain.  The day started out cloudy, but rapidly deteriorated, so it seemed like a good idea to head into Cades Cove, figuring traffic would be at a minimum.  We did a recon lap of the 11 mile loop road, stopping only at the Carter Shields Cabin.  This is one of my favorite stops in the cove, especially in the spring when the dogwoods are flowering.

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It was pouring pretty heavily when we got to the small parking area in front of the cabin, just the thing I needed to try out my new rain cover for the camera.  The rain cover worked very well, keeping the camera and lens much drier than I was in my rain gear.  After a short while, the rain let up and I was able to seriously pursue the photography I was after.  I have photographed these trees in flower several times, but this time the light was absolutely right. If I didn’t get another shot all day, I would have been satisfied because this image is one that I have had in mind for a couple of years.  I hope you enjoy it.

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