Sunday, October 25, 2009

Cade's Cove Wildlife, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Many times I have visited Cade's Cove in the Smokies always to find something interesting. I saw a bear up close there this year. Several years ago I shot this photograph right after I entered Cade's Cove. I have this affinity for breaking rules. It's one of those things I can't help. After I got about half a mile into the cove on this particular day, I spotted a herd of deer a slight distance away in a field. It was getting on toward dusk but I decided to chance it away. I hopped the fence (that's the rule breaking thing) and stood about 200 yards away for probably a half hour or longer photographing the deer and these two bucks who were playing around. I never once turned around in that entire time. When I finished I picked up my tripod and turned around and what do I see, a slew of other photographers with their cameras clicking away behind me. Apparently, they decided to jump the fence and get closer as well. I realize there isn't much detail in my background with the waning light, but I like the two bucks nudging each other just the same. Enjoy!


  1. Great shot Carol, I love the warm light, I know what you mean by breaking the rules I got scolded pretty harshly by a Park Ranger when I got too close to an elk !!

  2. Wow great storie and a wonderful image ;)

  3. I think the blurred background makes the two bucks stand out more. They are pretty fine looking deer. And I will admit I tend to be rule breaker, too.