Thursday, January 7, 2016

Springtime In The Great Smoky Mountains

Spring in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a paradise. Many species of wildflowers are in bloom, and the beautiful streams that the park is known for are fast-flowing and lovely to photograph.

In addition to the incredible opportunities to photograph flowers and lush streams, the sunrises are the best around. Mist rises from the deep valleys as the sun kisses the land at break of day. As many times as I have photographed in the Smokies, I have never tired of it.

This image was shot at sunrise from the top of Clingman's Dome, the highest point in the park reachable by car. No two sunrises are ever the same, and each time there is the excited anticipation of what Mother Nature might provide.

I'm thrilled to be returning to the Smokies this coming April, and invite you to join me on this fantastic photo workshop. The WILDFLOWERS AND WILDWATER workshop runs from April 22 - 27. We will have many shooting days filled with visual treats and personal instruction. Each day will be unique and will provide opportunities for superb flower and scenic photography. We often also see black bear, wild turkeys, deer, and more.

So come along to have fun and learn a lot. All Awake The Light photo workshops and tours are known for their in-depth personal instruction, great shooting opportunities, and abundance of fun.


For more details see our website here

If you have questions or want to register, please call us at 757-773-0194 or email

Shutter Speed 3/10ths sec.  Aperture f/32.  ISO 100.  Lens: Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS, set to 176mm.  Camera: Canon 5D Mark III.  Gitzo tripod with Really Right Stuff ballhead and Wimberley Sidekick. 

TODAY'S QUOTE: "On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it."  -Jules Renard

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