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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Cades Cove Tennessee - Late Autumn

This particular photo is taken from the front porch of the cabin posted yesterday...at a different time of year. Virtually surrounded by mountains on all sides, the Cove formed a natural protection from the encroaching outside world for almost a century.

Autumn in the Smokies bring with it the end of a busy Summer. Food and provisions are stored for the oncoming Winter, sometimes brutal in this part of the country...especial in those days without electricity. The abrupt onset of cooler temperatures bathes the Cove in the typical "Smokies" haze. The leaves have turned and faded, soon they will lay their branches bare to the onslaught of bitter days to come.

17 comments:

septembermom said...

Gorgeous! There is a feeling of waiting and awakening coming through to me as I look at this picture. For some reason, it reminded me of morning scenes from movies like Rob Roy and Braveheart. Wonderful landscape shots setting the stage for warriors climbing the hills to the next battle. Interesting how a photo can spark such connections. You have a lovely, thought provoking blog.

boneman said...

Oh, I really like these.
Anyplace as beautiful as this was is OK anytime of the year, eh?
In fact, I got to see some photography from Scandinavia and while at first the icy seas threw a chill at me? I just went and put on a jacket and looked at the rest like that.

The fog here....quite dense. I like how that puts distance into the mix.

Dan Felstead said...
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Dan Felstead said...

Boneman....tomorrow's post is for you...you will be able to take your jacket off because it is a shot of late spring.

Dan

Sarah Sofia Ganborg said...

I really love your blog and your work!
greetings from denmark, Sarah sofia

Dan Felstead said...

Sarah,
Thank you so much for stopping by the the kind words. I am still amazed that in today's world of inter connectivity, that we can be across the world and share ideas! Stop by anytime. I would be interested in your comments from the other side!

Dan

Sunny said...

Breathtaking! The moment I saw the photograph I wanted to run there on the field smelling the mist

Lynda Lehmann said...

What a beautiful, atmospheric photo, Dan! I love your line: "The leaves have turned and faded, soon they will lay their branches bare to the onslaught of bitter days to come." It's so poetic!

The mist was really thick the day you shot this! Reminds me of stories of the English moors. :)

Dan Felstead said...

Sunny,
More days than not in the Smokey Mountains, the mist or humidity hangs in the air. Sometimes it is great for photographs but often, it is a hindrance if you are wanting a distance photo with details.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Thank you Septembermom and thanks for stopping by. I think we have the same sense of imagination. I also enjoy making those connections to images and love to retrace my steps as the photo was taken because most of the time...it recalls a beautiful memory. This particular photo reminds me...as you said...of the lull before the storm...a sense of unsure weather to come very shortly.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Lynda,
Good to have you stop by. Thank you for the kind words. It was that type of day where you knew something was on the horizon and the change in weather was not far away.

Dan

The Muse said...

There is something mystical about the mountains...the Ozarks, Alleghenies and Appalachians all coming together...

Cradling the secrets of all those who have called them home...

shabby girl said...

What a dichotomy! These people lived with absolute beauty, and a harshness that many of us cannot fathom.
These are beautiful pictures!

Dan Felstead said...

Muse,
Welcome back! The whole chain of mountains from Arkansas/Missouri up through the Blue Ridge is a magical journey. So different of a range...much older than the Rockies. Hard to beat the magnificence of the jagged high peaks of the Rockies chain (higher and more jagged because relatively younger) but the serenity and history of the Smokies remains a place of comfort for me.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Shabby girl,
If you read some of the history of the Cades Cove area...your comment is right on target. A very difficult place to settle in due to the remoteness. Anyway into the Cove was over a mountain pass. But the beauty and richness of the land drew the settlers in.

Dan

Heather said...

Oh - one of my favorite places to visit. So many fond memories of autumns spent in the mountains. Lovely picture.

Dan Felstead said...

Heather,
It sounds like you have been to Cades Cove before so you know how serene and beautiful it is. Welcome to the blog.

Dan