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Somewhere Along the River

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Its name from the Tsalagi translates roughly to "by the river," so that it perhaps refers to an ancient village that was located somewhere along the waters of the beautiful stream now known as Oconaluftee. Where Kephart Prong and Beech Flats Prong converge, perhaps half-a-mile upstream from here, the Oconaluftee is born and begins gathering its children as it plunges southward to its rendezvous with the Tuckaseegee on the way to the Little Tennessee. In autumn, the Oconaluftee's boulder-strewn bed and banks blaze with the colors of American beech; and following a gushing rain its flow turns frothy as it runs toward the sea. A focal length of 33mm, just inside of wide-angle, gave me the angle-of-view I wanted. An aperture of f/22 provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 4.0 seconds at ISO 100, on a soggy, overcast day, gave me an overall medium exposure. As I reflect on the intimacy of this little landscape, I am reminded of the everyday beauty that surrounds us all of the time.

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  • Comment Link Donald McGowan Friday, 20 October 2017 09:00 posted by Donald McGowan

    Good morning Everyone. Thank you all very much for joining me for this conversation. I think we all would agree that, in the eastern half of the country at least, it has been a most unusual fall foliage season thus far. I have heard lots of strange stories from New England to the Southern Appalachians and from the Adirondacks to the Upper Peninsula about the state of fall color. I can say only that I hope what we are seeing is definitely not the new "normal."
    Hi Nancy T. I love your observation about the relationship between the leaves of the canopy and the leaves on the ground here: a dusting of leaves, as it were. In her effort to expose as many of her leaf-children as possible to the energy-making light, this old beech has done just as you describe: she has created arrays of leaf clusters whose color and shape we can appreciate. Thank you for helping us to really appreciate their beauty.
    Hey Michael. Thank you for being with us to share your sharp observations. It's always good to have you in our company. I hope your adventure in Delaware Water Gap is wonderful and productive. Walk in Beauty.
    Hi Donald. As always, thank you for your kind words and observations. I am grateful to be able to offer you such a pleasurable experience in Nature's realm. I'll happily breathe deeply with you.
    Hi Michelle. It's always good to have you join us. I hope you are putting your experience with Irma far behind you and moving into a more peaceful and beautiful experience of the beauty around you. There are quite a few ways in which water can be expressed, generally within the constraints of the ambient light and the turbulence of the water; but even these constraints can be stretched with the right tools. I'm glad you enjoyed this particular expression.
    Hey Dorsey. It's great to hear from you and to note that reCAPTCHA let you slip by without question (I hope). I can imagine that you know this spot very well. I may yet drag out my old Pentax 67II. It's still a great camera. The foggy overcast on this particular morning made the Oconaluftee a color-saturated paradise. I enjoyed it thoroughly and felt very blessed in the bargain. I'm still hoping for the crossing of our paths somewhere in this beautiful world. Be well, my friend.
    I'm still hoping that the fall color is going to break out across the East in the weeks that remain before all the leaves come down; and if it doesn't, I'll look for color on the ground to take up the slack. I hope that wherever you are, you autumn will offer you a beauty to remember.

  • Comment Link Dorsey Davis Thursday, 19 October 2017 15:58 posted by Dorsey Davis

    Don, this is one of my favorite spots on the south side of GSMNP. I have a shot from this very spot taken with my old Pentax 67 film camera. The rocks are covered with golden leaves looking like Spanish doubloons scattered around. I tried it again last year but the light just wasn't good. Thanks for sharing your vision of this beautiful sight and reminding me of why the Smokies are such a special place.

  • Comment Link Michelle Jensen Sunday, 15 October 2017 10:54 posted by Michelle Jensen

    How beautiful, Don. What a surprise to have you make the gushing water look like fluffy, soft marshmallow. I love it. Great feeling.

  • Comment Link Don Newsom Sunday, 15 October 2017 10:52 posted by Don Newsom

    This image made me pause and breathe deeply, just as if I were actually there. I can almost smell the foliage and hear the rushing stream. Thank you.

  • Comment Link Mike Di Stefano Sunday, 15 October 2017 09:23 posted by Mike Di Stefano

    Howdy Don, love the silky soft water look. Nice contrast with sharp detail in trees & leaves. I'm traveling back from PSA photo conference in Pittsburgh and we are going to stop at the Delaware Water Gap to shoot waterfalls.

  • Comment Link Nancy Tripp Sunday, 15 October 2017 09:22 posted by Nancy Tripp

    This is a very special little spot on the planet that displays Mother Nature decorating for the fall. The canopy of leaves is beautiful and some have been shared with the rocks to dress them for the season. The shapes of the random groups of leaves in the trees seems to be in harmony with the rocks and the moving water is playing a happy tune as it passes by.

    Many would have passed by this little nook; especially if they are from the area. I am glad you found it and shared it with us who do not get anywhere along the river often enough.

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