Monday, January 5, 2015

Colorless (for the most part) Winter.... Cades Cove

For those of you who don't know, Cades Cove is a very popular area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is basically an 11-mile loop road with 2 cross roads and a number of other places to pull off. Traffic moves (when it does) in an anti-clockwise fashion. I have seen some rather flagrant disregard for vehicle and traffic laws there, as well as some outright lack of common sense when it comes to wild animals.

But, enough of that. When you can get away from people there are some incredible wildlife to be seen in the area. Bear (lots of them), Wild Boar, Coyote, Fox, Bobcat, Cougar (some say), Deer. There is no cell service. It is peaceful.
Especially in the morning. What? I hear ya. That's in color!

Yes. This is one of those photos that did not work in black and white, it was all greys. The frost did not last long, the sun came up over the ridge and the traffic started.

What? Another one in color? Yep, the deer was too similar to the background to stand out without it.
Ah, back to monochrome. First light on one of the historical buildings in the area. One of the attractions is seeing how the people before the park lived and worked. This is the Presbyterian Church on the Loop Road.

Some wildlife pictures work in black and white, this guy was peacefully grazing along the road, oblivious to the dozens of people taking his photo.
And I managed to get a shot of him with my snazzy new West Asheville magnet from zen!

1 comment:

zen said...

Still love that church shot!