Last week I went to the Smokies looking for images, but having no real idea about what type of image I was seeking or where I might find it. The entire adventure began in serendipity, but I  eventually realized that what I kept seeing in my mind’s eye were the beautiful intimate landscapes of which Eliot Porter is the acknowledged master; so as I traveled, I tried to open my eyes to the small slices of Beauty which tell the story of the whole. There were places in the Park where the peaking foliage told the story I was imagining with clarity and joy. What a fun day I had.

A focal length of 105mm, the essence of short-telephotoland, gave me the somewhat narrowed angle-of-view I wanted, with only a little compression and magnification. An aperture of f/20 provided depth-of-field; and a shutter speed of 0.8 second at ISO 100 gave me an overall medium exposure.

I am so very grateful that the Smokies are my home and that the public lands they encompass have been preserved as a heritage for all of us. May we always appreciate and work to preserve that heritage.