Thursday, 29 March 2018 15:14

Seeking Its Own Level

As it slowly wears away the low ridge that defines this portion of the watershed of Middle Prong of Little River, Big Hollow Branch drops through a wonderfully verdant, 40' moss-covered plunge of small boulders, known as Walker Fields Cascade, before joining with the rushing waters of Middle Prong itself. This stretch of river valley, once owned and farmed by Black Bill Walker, became, in the early decades of the twentieth-century, the logging community of Tremont, owned by W.B. Townsend's Little River Lumber Company. Now, it is one of the most special places to be found in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

A focal length of 31mm, just within the limits of wide-angleland, gave me the angle-of-view I wanted - the entire span of the cascade from the perspective where I stood. An aperture of f/13 provided depth-of-field primarily because of the camera-to-subject distance, and a shutter speed of 1.0 second at ISO 200 gave me an overall medium exposure. I needed to adjust the aperture to wider and the ISO to greater sensitivity in order to achieve the shutter speed indicated. A longer time would have meant a milkier presentation of the water, but what I wanted was what I expressed here.

The watershed of Middle Prong of Little River tells so much of the geological story of these mountains; but it also tells much of the human story as well. Every time I am there, I hear its words. It is the sound of moonlight flowing over crystal.

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  • Comment Link Donald McGowan Friday, 06 April 2018 18:34 posted by Donald McGowan

    Good afternoon Everyone. Greetings from the wonderful Smoky Mountains and Townsend, Tennessee. Thank you all for joining me for this conversation and for being part of my creativity family. My heart is gladdened, as Chief Dan George would have said, "It soars," by all of your thoughtful words. I am reminded, as I read them, that we are all part of the human family and while our traditions might differ and be expressed in significantly divergent ways, we all seek the joy of peace and the love of family, as we find our way through the journey of life and the path of the heart.
    Please do not require of me that I embrace your tradition, but rather that I be true to my own, so long as it aspires to the ideals I have mentioned. Please do not say to me that it is only by my believing what you believe that we can truly live as brothers and sisters, but rather that I seek to live in a community of brotherhood that upholds love as the greatest good, no matter the tradition that beings me to its door. For thus it is that I also celebrate your tradition as your own highest good.
    Hey Ron. It's always good to have you join us. Thanks for your kind words, and Happy Easter to you.
    Hey Dick. Happy Easter to you and Jenny. Beauty is, indeed, truth; and truth beauty. And we can celebrate that beauty together, as I celebrate the friendship you bring to my life.
    Hi John. I hope your southern tour is going well. We look forward to seeing you. I am delighted that I could entice you to drift toward Tremont. What a wonderful place to to drift toward. Thanks for your thoughtful comment.
    Hi Rosemary. Thank you very much. Is is a joy to me to learn of the visual pleasure that this image brings to you.
    Hi Nandie. It is the love of family that will always draw us together even as we celebrate traditions that differ. Walk in Beauty with love.
    Hey Lynn. You know this beautiful place all too well. I hope you enjoy it this year and our paths cross within it. Thanks for your kind words and be well.
    Hi Donald. It's always good to hear from you. I completely agree with the integrity of your proposed approach. Perhaps one of the joys of nearly a quarter of a century of intense experience in that regard is somewhat of a capacity for creating those constructs mentally and choosing preferences as I do. Either way, it's only fun. Be well, my friend. Glad to be of assistance.
    Hey Chuck. Your description of the shape of water is very instructive in giving me the words to use for this process. Thanks for your kind words.
    Hi Horace. Yes, the water level here has been quite pleasing this year: some variation as weather patterns wax and wane, but overall more on the wet side and in many previous years. Thanks for your kind comments and thoughtful words. It is, indeed, about expression; and there is no wrong there.
    Hey Nancy T. It's great to hear from you, as always. Your metaphoric descriptions are truly delightful- cascading angel hair, indeed. What joy you bring to my creative life. Walk in beauty until our paths again cross.
    It is a pleasure being with all of you on this special day. May the love of beauty always show in everything we do. Peace.

  • Comment Link Nancy Tripp Tuesday, 03 April 2018 10:08 posted by Nancy Tripp

    I love your choice of the water texture here. It looks like cascading angel hair. Thanks for sharing it and the details on how you accomplished it.

  • Comment Link Horace Hamilton Sunday, 01 April 2018 18:29 posted by Horace Hamilton

    Beautiful image Don. This little waterfall was dry this past fall. Should be much better this spring. I love playing with shutter speeds and moving water. There is no wrong, just different kinds of right. Nice work.

  • Comment Link Donald Newsom Sunday, 01 April 2018 12:07 posted by Donald Newsom

    Thanks for your instructive discussion of balancing the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. I get everything you said, but had I been there, I think I'd have had to tweak the parameters many times to create several lighter/darker, milkier/less milky images, and see which I preferred afterwards.

  • Comment Link Chuck Coburn Sunday, 01 April 2018 10:27 posted by Chuck Coburn

    Masterfully done! The aspect that first caught my eye was the angle of view. Made me want to take that first step up the stairs of the cascade. Yes, a milkier flow would have lost the interest in each step. I think you've caught the shape of water. Thank you again for sharing your love of beauty with us.

  • Comment Link Lynn Harrison Sunday, 01 April 2018 09:57 posted by Lynn Harrison

    This is the falls that is at the bridge on Tremont Rd, isn't it? You certainly caught it when there was good flow. Very nice. Happy Easter to you and Bonnie.

  • Comment Link Nandie Sunday, 01 April 2018 09:54 posted by Nandie

    Last week we saw water in the form of clouds (vapor). This week we see it in the form of a stream (liquid) and then there is also the solid form of ice. It reminds me of how I see God. He is God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit. Just as water is life... He is life as well. Happy Easter!!

  • Comment Link Rosemary Benson Sunday, 01 April 2018 09:34 posted by Rosemary Benson

    Spectacular, Don!

  • Comment Link John DiGiacomo Sunday, 01 April 2018 09:29 posted by John DiGiacomo

    While looking at this image I found myself drifting off to this location in Tremont. You have brilliantly captured on those simple but special places.

  • Comment Link DICK BRANNAN Sunday, 01 April 2018 09:17 posted by DICK BRANNAN

    Happy Easter Don and Bonnie,
    Thank God for the Beauty that he provided. Thank God for you for capturing it. I love you and God bless you both on this very special day.
    Dick Brannan

  • Comment Link Ron Belovitz Sunday, 01 April 2018 08:57 posted by Ron Belovitz

    Love it! Very, very nice image. Happy Easter Don!

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