Fall Colors – Part Two

As promised, I’m following up my “Fall Colors – Part One” photo gallery from three weeks ago with a set of pics taken exclusively in Tennessee.  Most of these pics were taken in and around Great Smoky Mountains National Park, although a few were taken along various country roads.

I used a Nikon D-90 with 18-200 lens for each picture in the series.  Enjoy!

Eastern TN 7

Above pic: These are orange trees, I think, each one awash in fall color.

Below pic: Pumpkins for sale.  This is the first time I’ve seen white ones.

Eastern TN 1

Dollywood 4

Above pic: Autumn wreath adorning a lamppost at Dollywood Amusement Park, Pigeon Forge.

Below pic: Log cabin and fireplace, Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

GSMNP 30

GSMNP 106 - Chimney Tops Trail

Above pic: These look like sycamore leaves, but they seem to be growing out of the ground from a few waist-high vines.

Below pic: Experimenting with filtered B&W, just because.

GSMNP 8 - filtered black-and-white

GSMNP 69 - near Elkmont

Above pic: Sunny skies and autumn leaves, two of my favorite things.

Below pic: The abandoned “ghost village” of Elkmont sits entirely within the national park, and has received a fair amount of publicity lately after a hiker put his video of Elkmont on YouTube and watched it go viral.  The building below was originally a Swiss-style chalet, if you can believe it.  Interesting note: This pic has a very “processed” look to it, but received almost no editing whatsoever.

GSMNP 53 - Elkmont

GSMNP 72 - Trentham Cemetery

Above and below pics: Cemetery near Elkmont.  With the fallen leaves, solitude, and lovingly-tended graves (all belonging to a single family), this is perhaps the prettiest cemetery in Tennessee.

GSMNP 77 - Trentham Cemetery

GSMNP 58

Above pic: 4-p.m. light over Newfound Gap, the highest point along the park’s main north-south road.

Below pic: Sunny skies and crisp, clear nights are the perfect ingredients for fall colors.  In another week, colors at this location (not far from Newfound Gap) will be just about perfect.

GSMNP 95

GSMNP 101 - Chimney Tops Trail

Above pic: Midway up the leaf-covered Chimney Tops Trail.  Colors get better the higher you go.

Below pic: The view from Chimney Tops, looking northwest.  Chimney Tops is the collective name for a group of rock columns that can only be reached by a Class-3 rock scramble.

GSMNP 121 - Chimney Tops summit

GSMNP 130 - Chimney Tops summit

Above pic: Close-up of the trees dotting the upper slopes of the Great Smoky Mountains.  The national park has more varieties of flora and fauna than any other temperate region on earth!

Below pic: Last light, as seen from the shore of a “prong” (creek) that must be crossed several times en route to Chimney Tops.

GSMNP 150 - near Chimney Tops trail

Author: gringopotpourri

Gringo - aka Scott - was born outside of Chicago and has lived most of his life in or around big cities. He spent two years of his adult life in Mexico City (talk about big cities!) and fell in love with Mexican food, history, and women, all while weathering the culture shock. Life's journey has since brought him to rural Tennessee, perhaps the biggest culture shock of them all. Scott also enjoys movies, hiking, and travel in general.

2 thoughts on “Fall Colors – Part Two”

  1. When I was a child at Kindergarden and I was learning the seasons of the year, for Fall there was always the drawing/picture of a red-leaved tree… now I really understand why hahahaha you know… in Mexico City the trees go bear, but don’t go red before that.
    BTW the same happened with winter… it never snows in Mexico City!!

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