Posts Tagged ‘fall color’

OMG Smokies Fall Color

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What a difference 2 days has made! From Thursday until Saturday the colors in the Smokies have gone from ho hum to OMG. Everything above 3000 foot elevation is ablaze with color. For all who were looking for the post from a few days ago, my apologies. That problem has now been remedied! Unfortunately Clingmans […]


Cumberland Plateau Fall Color

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Yesterday (Tuesday October 29) I headed to the Obed NSR just outside of Wartburg on the Cumberland Plateau. From Oak Ridge to Wartburg, the colors looked promising but the fog kept me from looking at the mountainsides. I headed to Lily Bluff Overlook, one of my favorite places in the park. Great color to be […]


Smokies Scouting from Monday October 28

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This will be a short report as I’m headed out again, this time to the Cumberland Plateau. Yesterday, Oct 28, I was in the Smokies.. Tremont area looked good in places, but lots of trees right on the river had lost their leaves. You could find some areas with good color. Weird thing is that […]


Smokies Scouting Report October 22

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Yesterday (Tuesday) I took a short trip over to the Smokies to check on color. I had been south of the Smokies last Thursday and the color there was still way behind. Some color around 3000-5000 foot elevation, but pretty green under that. Well, I drove in through Townsend and Little River Road and there […]


Smokies Fall Color Report October 18, 2012

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Yesterday I was out early and shooting along the Foothills Parkway in the Great Smoky Mountains NP. The color along the Parkway is gorgeous. The maples and hickories and gums and some oaks are really changing color. And the color doesn’t appear to be dull or washed out. I went as far as south of […]


Fall Color Peaking on Cumberland Plateau along Obed WSR – October 15, 2012

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Chasing fall color is a fun task. Go out and see what has changed since the last time you were there. Well, since Rebecca and I were up and Lilly Bluff 9 days ago, the color has come alive. I started out at the Nemo Bridge area where the color is coming along but not […]


Fall Color scouting: Foothills Parkway (GSMNP) and Cherohala Skyway 10/13/2012

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This is from Cherohala Skyway.. Compare to previous image in Scouting Yesterday was a big loop of scouting. I started out on the Foothills Parkway around 6am, planning to shoot star trails to sunrise. But being completely enveloped in fog put an end to that thought. I waited out the fog and then started about […]


Great Smoky Mountains – Fall Color Report 10/11/2012

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Oconaluftee Overlook, Great Smoky Mountains NP With the low for the TN Valley predicted to be around 40° F, I decided to head up toward Clingman’s Dome again. When I got to Newfound Gap, the temperature was still about 37°F, so I decided to keep going to the Oconaluftee Overlook. Got there sooner than all […]


Scouting Fall Color: Great Smoky Mountains NP

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Clingman’s Dome Sunrise this morning Today started out at sunrise at Clingman’s Dome parking lot. Driving up through the fog, I was hoping that it would be clear at the top. Around 5200 feet elevation, I broke through the fog and saw blue sky. I arrived at the parking lot just before the sun peeked […]


Fall Scouting Report: Obed WSR on Cumberland Plateau

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On the opposite side of the Tennessee Valley from the southern Appalachian Mountains lies the Cumberland Plateau. (Shameless plug, if you want to see more of the Plateau, go to my Cumberland Odyssey book, special Holiday price now). This area is thought to have a greater biodiversity than the Great Smoky Mountains NP, which has […]


Scouting Cherohala Skyway for fall color October 3

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Since we have had strange weather this year, I decided I would go out and start scouting a little early for fall color in the souther Appalachians and on the Cumberland Plateau. Today I started at the Cherohala Skyway since the elevation gets up to above 5400 feet. We started out with dry weather in […]


When to shoot Fall Color?

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I have been getting asked since mid summer about the best time to shoot fall color in the southern Appalachian mountains. The answer is yes. Anytime is good, depending on what you want to do. Last fall I started shooting fall color around east TN (Great Smoky Mountains NP, Cherokee and Nantahala NF, and Cumberland […]


Last Chance

The color in east TN has been spectacular this year. It still has not peaked along the Cumberland Plateau except for areas with high elevation. I have been back and forth between the Smoky Mountains, the Cumberland Plateau and the Cherohala Skyway. For my money, this year, the Cherohala Skyway and the Cherokee and Nantahala […]


Reflections on Water

Fall is a great time to look for reflections in water. Especially on a bright, sunny day when photography can be a little more difficult. Tip: Look for water in shade and trees or color on the bank in sunlight. This gives you some of the more intense color for reflections. Another tip: Consider doing […]


More Fall Color

Today I left early and was up at the peak of the Cherohala Skyway, on the North Carolin side. The Cherohala Skyway runs 52 miles up over 5300 feet in the Cherokee National Forest and the Nantahala National Forest. It starts at Tellico Plains, TN (ok, I’m from TN so why should I have it […]


Fall Color Scouting Cumberland Plateau North

In search of waterfalls and fall color yesterday, Rebecca and I made our way up to Caryville, TN. We visited Notch Falls while in Caryville and then headed up Mountain Road to Tower Road to hike down to Duncan Falls. There was some color at in Caryville, but as we made our way up the […]