Smoky Mountains 2015 – Day 1

Smoky Mountains Day 1 itinerary: 9:30pm (CT) – depart Chicago (Midlothian) Drove through the night 8:30am – arrive in the Smoky Mountains Stopped at Sugarlands visitor center Headed to Ramsey Falls (+ coffee) 10:20 – started hike 12:15 – arrived at the fall 1:15 – start descent 3:30 – return… Continue reading

Cable Grist Mill

The historic Cable Grist Mill in Cades Cove.  Took many, many pictures trying to decide just how I wanted the wheel to look.  It wasn’t spinning when we first arrived, but an attendant came and enabled it. Pictures taken with Canon 60D, EF-S 10-22mm lens @ 11mm, 15 sec, f/16,… Continue reading

Ramsey Falls

A second picture of Ramsey Falls – this one maybe more ‘interesting’ than particularly good.  I had read about a technique of compiling multiple pictures to gain the effect of using a ND filter and slow shutter.  This was the outcome of 21 pictures, all taken at 1/250 shutter and… Continue reading


This was the first salamander lizard we saw on the trip.  Apparently there are something like 30 types of salamander in the Smoky Mountains. Camera didn’t like trying to focus on the face in this one, so it breaks the one rule of animal photography and doesn’t have the eye… Continue reading