As the autumn winds bring cooler temperatures to the Great Smoky Mountains the rugged hills in North Carolina and Tennessee come alive in brilliant displays of color. The mountainsides are as if they were painted with bright contrasting strokes of reds, oranges, yellows, pinks and greens. The bewildering variety of plant life in the Smokies is incredible and the Flora here is what Granite Domes & Waterfalls are to Yosemite and Geysers & Wildlife to Yellowstone.
Great Smoky Mountains has over 100 species of tree spread throughout five different forest types including Eastern Hemlock, Mountain Ash and various Maple Trees. If you’ve never witnessed the Smokies in Autumn, you might think you had just stepped foot into Candyland (remember the boardgame?). Walking along the steep, leaf covered pathways under a canopy of color is a truly remarkable experience and the photography opportunities in the Smokies are incredible in the fall.
You’ll be photographing ethereal waterfalls under brilliant leaf covered canopies as well as abundant wildlife such as Black Bear, Elk and a wealth of birds and amphibians. Macro Photography is second to none in the Smokies with ample opportunities to photograph snails, salamanders, moss covered trees and clear water droplets on newly fallen maple leaves. Excellent photography opportunities such as misty sunrises from grassy balds overlooking a sea of mountains are the norm on this trip. We’ll get some great hikes in to lesser known locales within the park and leave with a wealth of Appalachian Photographs for your portfolio.
Join Russ Nordstrand and Backcountry Journeys on our Lodge-Based photography tour/workshop this fall. Our handcrafted itineraries let you photograph the best that Great Smoky Mountains National Park has to offer without all the guesswork or logistics. This all-inclusive photography tour/workshop includes excellent accommodations in cozy lodges, a great menu and a fully immersive Smoky Mountains Photography experience in the park’s most magical of seasons.