Spring in the Smoky Mountains

We visited the Great Smoky Mountain National Park recently when the forest in the lower elevations of the mountains was coming to life. The week we were there, the renewed plant life in the forest introduced me to more shades of green than I had ever seen in one place.

It’s interesting what one notices when visiting a new place. Who would have thought the color green could make a big impact? Not me.

The Smoky Mountains must be the most perfect environment for moss because it covers rocks and tree roots like carpet. In addition to the blankets of moss the forest bed also grows plants of every variety which blends together to create a tapestry of layered beauty and tranquility.

As if this were not enough, Mother Nature also thought it wise to pepper in wild flowers to her tapestry to give the forest bed more depth and richness.

As a photographer, I do not recall being drawn to capture pictures of flowers or plant life but in this place the plants had my undivided attention. What I quickly realized was a perfected photo of a flower is an art. It’s harder than it looks!

Never the less, I was motivated to give it try.

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