Saturday, April 23, 2016

Trees and Water

We had just one full day in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and we spent it walking in nature and driving through it. The walk was a 2 ½ mile stroll up to Laurel Falls and the drive was a random ramble along the main and back roads.

From there we went northwest through some of the most intense rain I have driven in to Harrisonburg, Virginia to spend Passover weekend with cousins. On Monday we will go to Virginia Beach, there to provision for the trek across North Carolina, which we hope to do with just one necessary stop for enough gas to get to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, no food, no shopping. We had hoped to do some touring in North Carolina, not this time.

The walk up to the falls was relatively easy and picturesque
Been playing with black and white

The falls were, as you might expect, crowded. After shooting a few images I sat down on a rock bench next to someone with a big DSLR and tripod and we got to talking. Turns out she is a professional nature photographer from San José right near us. She comes out here every year to photograph the falls and she was good enough to school me a bit, so you have here some images in black and white, slow shutter speeds and other effects

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