People Portraits: On Laurel Falls Trail

A portrait captures a moment that’s gone forever, they are impossible to reproduce. Usually this would be Street Photography today its Mountain Trail Photography: On Laurel Falls Trail.  My goal in this series is to create a really awesome frame of this person existing because they allowed me time to share their world. 

We took a trip to The Great Smokey Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, Tennessee away from the beaches and relative warmth of Savannah, Georgia’s Winter. One of the most visited sites in the park was the Laurel Falls Trail.

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Traveling up the mountain trail we met many hikers and mountain falls enthusiast. Young and old, with hiking sticks and baby carriages (although I would not recommend a baby carriage, a warning that was a posted) trekked the 1.3 mile incline towards the falls. The path was paved… mostly! You hugged the wall climbing and at least once you peered over the slope to catch a glimpse of the mountain stream produced by the falls.

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Wow! Checkout that view! Almost a mile up I met Reid and Diana. They were trying to set up for a mountain backdrop selfie. “Would you mind?” Reid asked. Like many adventurers in the Great Smokey Mountains, there is a time you need to take a proper picture. No, a selfie won’t do. So I obliged and I asked if could get a picture too. For the blog I said. They looked at each and agreed.

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They were lovely! Like everyone else we met here, it was all about the great outdoors. Catching the right view of mountain ranges that faded into hues of blue and listening to the rustling of dried leaves still stubburningly holding onto barren tree branches blowing in the breeze. Off they went as Neal and I slowly made our way upward. Slowly because I had a camera in one hand and an iPhone in the other. I had to take a photo of each rock with tiny plant sprouting from a crack.

Not so much to our surprise, we reconnected with Reid and Diana in front of the gorgeous cascading water falls that flowed over a ridge and then under the bridge there. I was very happy to “snap” a few more photos for them and I gave them my WordPress blog site info to check out. I truly hope they enjoyed the mountain and falls, then will have an opportunity to leave a message here.

Ok, onwards to our next adventure in the Great Smokey Mountains.

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