Beside the gorgeous mountain views from the valley of Cades Cove, there are also beautiful historic buildings to explore. This Missionary Baptist Church had more architectural features, with the steeple rising out of the smaller entryway and an apse behind the pulpit. The rain constantly falling gave a nice reflective surface on the roof and bolstered the saturation of the fall color behind.
We were treated to a really cool view of Dan Lawson& Place. With Cades Cove located just low enough in elevation not to have received snow, this barn was enjoying Autumn with Winter on the mountains behind.
Snow on Fall Color – Elkmont Campground, Tennessee
In the valley towards the north west border of Great Smoky Mountains lies Cades Cove. Filled with beautiful meadows, great mountain views, and historical buildings, there was plenty to see and explore. While I definitely recommend visiting, I must warn you. Prepare yourself for thousands of other visitors taking it slow. While only an 11 mile loop, all three of our trips through Cades Cove took over 2 hours. If you do go there, be considerate and use the countless pull-offs to take photos…
I had the distinct pleasure of visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park a couple weekends ago. While the trip involved a 12 hour drive down, tenting in temperatures into the 20s, and 2 days of solid rain and snow, the park was as beautiful as I could have hoped for. We were able to witness these lovely waterfalls, gorgeous fall color, and the unexpected snow fallen onto that fall color.
Longwood Gardens is fantastic. I could wander there for weeks photographing the vast number of unique and fascinating plant life raised there. This lovely specimen caught my eye on a shorter trip at the end of September. The deep, rich colors of the flowers fit so well among the dark leaves.
I love the colors found in this pond. I talked to my buddy Chris, who was in one of the kayaks in the photo the other day. He said the green substance in these photos was duckweed (tiny plants that float on the surface), but also algae or pond scum underneath. While generally not attractive from the ground, pond scum is beautiful from the air. You can also see some swans hanging out in the upper right corner.
I am a hydrangea fan. The flowers are beautiful, not only when they& freshly bloomed, but hold a lovely fall beauty as they age. The leaves are also beautiful in shape and detail. Here is a view of hydrangeas that isn& always seen.