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Over the years of messing with photography, I have found that I often get ideas in my head for pictures, and then those ideas rarely pan out the way I want them to. Case in point, this week's picture… or rather the picture I was imagining when I stumbled on the scene above. Let me explain.
Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville has a host of pretty trails, which is really impressive given how close it is to downtown Knoxville. One of those trails, the Boardwalk Trail, has this really neat section of trail which is a literal boardwalk bolted to the side of a cliff which hangs out over the Tennessee River. Cool stuff on its own, but I personally like this area a lot because I used to wakeboard on the Tennessee River in my younger years, and I have lots of fun memories buzzing past the boardwalk on the water. I had never actually been down the trail though, until about a month ago.
After finally walking the trail, I decided it would be a great spot to shoot the sunrise with all the fall colors. My intent was to get the boardwalk in the shot with the trees across the river in their full glory. Well, wouldn't you know it, the first morning I showed up for the sunrise, the whole area was completely socked in with fog from the river. My idea was a total bust (though I did get some other shots of that boardwalk which I'll share later). BUT, as the golden light of the morning starting working its way through the trees and illuminating the fog, the trail behind me really turned mystical looking.
In photography, and in life, sometimes we just have to abandon our ideas, and go with whatever we've been given.
Fall has been pretty interesting here in East Tennessee this year. The color up in the higher elevations seemed to come and go VERY quickly, while the color down in the lower elevations has hung around for a while (at least until the cold snap this weekend with all the wind and now rain). Down here in the valley, there have been some patches of absolute brilliance!
Holly and I stumbled upon this scene a few weeks ago when it snowed in the mountains. We were driving around, trying to find a good vantage point and decided to head out West Millers Cove road. While we didn't find a great view of the snow there… we DID find some awesome color on the small road leading to the Mountain Home Community, just past Blackberry Farm. As you can see, the color there was amazing!
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