Dan Lawson’s place Cades Cove

Dan Lawson’s Place is the second oldest of the historic cabins that remain standing in Cades Cove.  Built around 1840, this was the home of the cove’s wealthiest resident.  Only the John Oliver cabin (1822), home of the cove’s first European settler, is older than this one.

Cades Cove was first settled during the 1700’s by Cherokee Indians and is named after a Chief Kade. The first European settlers came during the 1800’s eventually reaching a population of 671 around 1850.

In the 1920’s the residents were forced out when the State of Tennessee gave the Park Commission power to seize the cove properties and make them part of the National Park system.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
22mm @ f/10 – 1/50 sec – ISO 100

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Wishing I was back at the beach

This week has been a real challenge weather-wise.  It has been too cold and too dreary for me.  I know, there are other places that got snowed in and where it is really very cold but I was so ready for spring and summer weather that this is just not fair.

It’s only been a couple of weeks since we traveled down to St Augustine but I’m definitely wishing for this kind of morning over what I see out my window.  Gotta say, watching the sun rise over the waves at the beach would sure be nice right now!

St Augustine sunrise at the beach
Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
70mm @ f8 –  1/250 sec – ISO 400

Good Morning

Of the days we were in St Augustine, this was the one morning that was not rainy.  We were planning to sleep in but woke up early anyway and went out to walk the beach.  It was still a little misty on the horizon but the sunrise was really nice.  I got this shot of the sun rising through the pier with a nice reflection off the wet sand and that told me it would be a good morning.

Sunrise at St Augustine Beach pier
Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
24mm @ f29 –  1/125 sec – ISO 100

Blue Ridge exploration

Although there are things about Facebook that I don’t like, the ability to keep in touch with people who share the same interests is a wonderful plus of participating in this social media application.  I saw an event posting from the North Georgia Photography Club for a sunrise shoot at Black Rock Mountain State Park.  Since the club is located in Dahlonega, Georgia which is an hour or more drive for me, I hadn’t joined them previously but I knew some of the members so, I contacted my friend Mike Sussman and got the OK to join them.

Black Rock_May 28 2016_0001-001We met at a church just outside the park entrance and, by special permission, were able to get in the gate before the official opening time.  It certainly was a privilege to be able to drive in and have the whole place to ourselves!

We went in to a nice platform that was set up as a scenic overlook which gave us a wonderful, panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains even if it was a little crowded with photographers and camera equipment.

Outings like this are such a fantastic way to visit a location that you haven’t been to previously.  The park is within an hour of so of most of the club’s members, many of them had been here before and knew their way around.  Since the group was also composed of photographers, there was a wealth of experience on the best place to shoot and what settings work best.

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North Georgia Photography Club members at overlook

The group next moved on to the Visitor’s Center and wandered about that area to get another view of the mountains and enjoy the natural beauty of the park.

From here, we all went out for breakfast at Granny’s Kuntry Kitchen in Clayton, Georgia before going on to the next part of our outing.

I will continue the story in tomorrow’s post.

All of these images were taken with my latest lens acquisition: Tamron’s nice ultra-wide angle beauty, the SP 10-24mm  f/3.5-4.5 Di II.  So far, I’m getting great results with this lens.  I was also pleasantly surprised to find that it has a minimum focus distance of just under 10 inches which I think will make for some neat close-up wide-angle opportunities!

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