Tennessee Hiking

Summer in Tennessee is normally too hot for hiking, but these past few weeks have seen temperatures perfect for enjoying the great outdoors.  Additionally, rainfall for the year has been well above average, so that means that Tennessee’s lakes are full and its waterfalls are raging.

I have tried to take advantage of every free day to get out and about.  Here are a few Tennessee hiking destinations from recent excursions worth mentioning:

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The Mountain Culture of Tennessee

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Tennessee is gorgeous in the fall.  The eastern third of the state, which sees the Smoky Mountains rise to heights of almost 7,000 feet, is stunning.  The fall colors peaked just last week, and as you remark about the crisp weather and the fallen leaves, don’t be surprised when you discover that fall’s harvest season carries with it a sense of community and, in rural parts of the state, a throw-back to simpler times.

I have spent the last two weekends taking in a sampling of this culture firsthand, albeit in somewhat of a staged environment.  Mountain Makins’ is an annual fall festival of music, arts and crafts, and food.  The Museum of Appalachia, meanwhile, is an open-air museum of highland culture that ranks as one of the best folk museums in the world.

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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!

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

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Fall Colors – Part One

October has arrived, and the fall colors are just starting to peak in much of the United States.  Over the next two weeks. I’ll be taking in some of what Tennessee has to offer in this regard.  Meanwhile, I thought I’d share some of my fall color photo captures from a few other corners of the world.

If you’re curious, these were shot using three different cameras, a Nikon DSLR and two not-quite-pocket-sized Canon Powershot cameras.  I typically use “P” mode if the light is cooperating, but will switch to “Manual” for trickier shots, or if I’m using a tripod.

Santa Monica Mountains

Fall colors arrive late in LA, usually around Thanksgiving, and usually peak just before Christmas.  You won’t see a lot of orange leaves, but we do have yellows and reds.  They don’t overwhelm like I imagine New England’s fall foliage might, but they add nice shadings to a oft-parched landscape.

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