Doug Beezley Photography | Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is just up the road a piece and is easily visited from our home in North Georgia. The park has a couple of unique distinctions: it is the most biologically diverse area in the world - more plant and animal species have been catalogued here than anywhere else and it is the most visited of our national parks. That is readily apparent throughout the fall foliage season where bumper to bumper traffic is common and hotel rooms are literally impossible to get without reservations having been made many months in advance.

The Smokies are a photographers paradise with spectacular sunrises and sunsets, wildflowers in the spring and autumn foliage displays to rival New England. Waterfalls and streams abound throughout the park and black bear are commonly seen. Pioneer cabins, cantilevered barns, grist mills and other structures have been restored and are of great interest.

Cade's Cove

Cade's Cove

Cade's Cove is the most visited area of the Smokies and has been preserved to look much the way it did in the 1800's when it was home to a small mountain community whose settlers came mostly from Virginia, North Carolina and upper east Tennessee. Cades Cove has original pioneer homesteads, barns, businesses, pasture and farmland and an abundance of wildlife including deer, fox, coyotes, and black bears.



Sunset in the Smokies

Sunset in the Smokies

Join me for a fantastic sunset as seen (and photographed) from the top of Clingman's Dome, the highest point in the Smokies.

This short sequence of 12 photos was taken over a short time period of just two minutes - from 5:51 pm CDT - 5:53 pm CDT.

I recommend you open the gallery and select "View Slideshow" to get the approximate effect of actually watching the sunset in a compressed time frame.

Middle Prong River 2010
Near Newfound Gap - 2010
West Prong - Little Pigeon River - 2010
Clingman Sunset - 2010
Little River - 2010 +
Sunset from Clingman's Dome - 2010
Storm in the Smokies
The Brokeback Mountain Boys
Smokies Cascades +
Falls and Ferns
Mountain Spring +
Natural Pot
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