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Tracking Tom

Celebrating my Mother-in-law’s birthday last weekend, we met them at our favorite spot on earth: Cades Cove.  Smoky Mountain National Park is a very large park and we do sometimes frequent other spots.  However, because of our love of photography, well…Cades Cove calls us more often!

After days and weeks of unseasonably cold weather, Tennessee Spring is finally here.  No really, it is!  Even though it’s been weeks since the official first day of Spring, the warmth did not arrive until recent days.  The animals were out last weekend enjoying the sun about as much as we were.  Although the big bear we saw was from a good distance. 

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Continuing along the Loop Road, we see a whole flock of turkey hens and two males fighting over them!  Excited for this rare opportunity, I grabbed the camera and my Dad-in-law and I were out of the car, shooting as we went!  Tom 1 would flare out his tail feathers and chase Tom 2 down the slope.

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Not to be outdone, Tom 2 tried his best, but not once did I see his tail feathers bloom!

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This is where having a little patience finally paid off!  After years of waiting for the right moment, Tom 1 turned to look at me while I was shooting him!

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Just getting that last shot in really made my day and made the trip over a complete success!  Spending the afternoon with my in-laws, sharing a picnic lunch before heading around the Loop Road made for a wonderful day for us.  I can’t wait for the next visit!  Who knows what I’ll be able to shoot then!

Happy Easter!

This year we decided to spend our Easter at Cades Cove and try to catch the sunrise. Since Jeff has a little bit of a problem with his camera eye (a lovely stye developed yesterday), I was the lucky girl holding the camera.

Enjoy the views – they were breath-taking! And it was about 38-degrees, too!

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We started out as early as we could. The Moon was still out and was so beautiful. Not only because it was a full moon, but because it was so beautifully bright.

I tried to capture this before we hopped in the car and headed out to Cades Cove. Since I never seem to remember the tripod – this is my best version of catching a shot without using one by leaning on the car!

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When the sun finally came peeking through, it was a so warm! The deer were out as well as so many of the turkeys.

We believe it must’ve been a day of celebration for the turkeys since it is probably the holiday where the least amount of turkey is eaten!

The deer quietly grazed while the sun continued to rise and as you’ll soon see, we were fortunate to have a few walk right in front of us! This is something that doesn’t happen very often, but when it does, you hold your breath. 086

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Cades Cove is always a place where we feel that we can leave stress behind087 and find ourselves completely refreshed and revitalized to tackle the next week.

This photo to the right is a view of Sparks Lane. All the recent storms have left all the streams flowing and some spilling over. This section of the Lane hasn’t seen water run across it in a very long time!

And this time of day is absolutely perfect! There is almost no one there, leaving little to disturb and distract the animals.

What a wonderful way to spend Easter! This was the best one we’ve had yet!

I hope that if you are ever in the area, you will take the time to visit Smoky Mountain National Park and Cades Cove. You won’t regret it!

Happy Easter!

 

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