GSM Fall Color – Background
Well, it is that time of year again – time to get out with our cameras and capture the Fall color. Whether it be in our own neck-of-the-woods or someone else’s neck-of-the-woods it is time to load up our camera gear and head out. This year, Mark Morgan, Christine and I are taking off for a new destination to capture the Fall color – the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! Many of our trips have been to either Colorado or Arkansas in the previous years, but this year we chose to go East and explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In the past we have packed a lot of cold weather gear because we were often shooting at altitudes of 14,000 feet where the wind and snow can combine to make it very, very cold. This year the weather forecasts are for 40 degree nights and 70 degree days during our time at GSMNP – a lot milder than we have experienced high in the Rockies. This trip calls more for wet gear than cold gear and so we have packed our wet gear (hooray for North Face/Marmot) and are ready to go.
We’re staying at a great place just outside of Pigeon Forge, TN in a log home built on the side of the mountain. I’m really looking forward to grilling out in the evenings on the deck overlooking the valley below. Love to grill and plan to make use of the hot tub on the deck too. I haven’t done the seasonal maintenance on our hot tub on our deck at home yet because it has been too warm, but I have a feeling by the time we get back it will be cool enough out to start jumping in the hot tub at home again.
The Great Smoky Mountains have so much to offer photographers with a wide variety of forests, tumbling rivers, waterfalls and log cabins from the 1800’s to photograph. As part of this year’s trip we are doing something completely new – we have created a Google Map of our trip and will be adding GPS-encoded waypoints on the map that contain images and video shot on the trip. Along with this blog, we will be keeping family and friends up to date on our adventures and sharing some of the images and video we shoot along the way on Google Maps. We plan to try and post some content every day of the trip both on the map and on this blog. There are so many places to go in the Smoky Mountains that every day will be a new adventure and we’ll share the events of the day with everyone.
The trip starts Saturday and we will start posting a little before the start of the trip and throughout our travels.