Great Smoky Mountains

The beautiful Smokey Mountains and some of its wildlife.

Stephen L Tabone Nature Photography


A week ago, I returned from Wears Valley, Tennessee, which is adjacent to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  I was there for a family reunion, and of course, to do some nature photography in and around the park. Of all of our national parks, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited with over 9 million visitors a year. Unfortunately, it is also the most polluted park, because it is downwind from major cities, industry, and power plants. The pollution significantly affects visibility and the health of the park’s fauna and flora. Since 1948, visibility has decreased 80 percent in the summer to 40 percent during the winter, or about 20 miles in the summer to 100 miles during the winter. Knowing this, I was concerned about effectively photographing the Great Smoky Mountains. The Smokies get their name from the clouds that blanket the valleys and mountains, not…

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2 responses to “Great Smoky Mountains

  1. Awesome. Thanks for sharing them.

    Sent from Samsung tablet

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