Little River – Townsend, TN

With all the rain we’ve been getting here lately, I was reminded of our recent trip to the Smoky Mountatins and photographing the Little River in Townsend, Tennessee.

This is a beautiful area just outside the Cades Cove portion of the National Park.  Townsend is known as the “Quiet side of the Smokies” as compared to Gatlinburg which has much more of the tourist attractions and traffic.  I think it can still get busy in Townsend but it is not as built up in comparison.

Little River
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Townsend, Tennessee, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
w/Polarizing filter
16mm @ f/18 – 1.3 sec – ISO 400

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River-walk reflection

It seems that the time-change has extended the hours of the River Walk along the Chattahoochee in Roswell.  Joyce and I went out around 5PM yesterday to walk along the river with the thought that we would be pretty much alone.  That was not at all the case.  The walkway was still very much in use and there were parties in the pavilions along the river.  It seems that, since this was a nice, warm and sunny day, everyone had the same idea.  I guess the fact that we just made the spring-ahead time change had something to do with it since there was no hint of the sun setting anytime soon.

We spotted this Canada Goose along the way.  I just loved the reflection in this scene.  Of course, within a couple of minutes, all the other passers-by saw it as well and the geese swam off due to all the close attention.  Oh well, at least i got a decent shot before that.

Chattahoochee River Walk – Roswell, Georgia
Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
210mm @ f16 –  1/20 sec – ISO 160

Like Water off a Duck’s back

Well, actually it’s a Canada Goose but you get the idea.  This is a shot from one of our walks on the Roswell River Walk near the Chattahoochee Nature Center.  The boardwalk cuts through a wetland area between the street and the river which attracts lots of water birds.

Geese and ducks wade about here most of the time and we were watching as this one was preening.  With its neck turned backwards, the goose kept pushing beak through feathers and splashing in the water.  The day was overcast, foggy and cold but it was fun to watch and a nice place for a walk.

Nikon D7100
Sirui P-204S Monopod
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
300mm @ f6.3 –  1/100 sec – ISO 400

Chattahoochee fog

Last week offered some interesting weather to try to photograph.  The week started with the rainy, foggy weather you see here and ended with ice and snow.  Oh well, it’s supposed to be into the 70’s this week.  This is change of seasons in Atlanta – the season changes every day!

This view is actually from the new River Walk boardwalk near the Chattahoochee Nature Center.  It is a very nice walk which I expect will be great to explore as the seasons actually change over the year.

Nikon D7100
Sirui P-204S Monopod
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
22mm @ f/16 –  1/25 sec – ISO 400

Pittsburg panorama

A night-time view of the city of bridges

While on a business trip to Pittsburgh, I had to get a few images of this beautiful old city.  This one is from the riverfront at Station Square.  In the “City of Bridges” I had to get at least one bridge included.  The Pittsburgh area boasts over 400 bridges!  Having lived in another river city – New Orleans, where there is only 1 bridge this was quite a sight.

I need to go back when I have time to really appreciate this place.  It is full of neat old neighborhoods, amazing churches and fantastic architecture.  A great place to visit.

Pittsburgh Riverfront
Station Square
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
2-shot panorama
16mm @ f/3.5 – 1/3 sec – ISO 1250