Art in the River

Middle Prong Little River, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee.  August 27, 2012.

Middle Prong Little River, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee. August 27, 2012.

(Note:  All pictures may be enlarged by clicking on them once or twice.)

Betsy and I like driving and hiking along Middle Prong of the Little River in the Smokies.  This river is in the Tremont section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which means it is less crowded than more popular sections of the park.

We usually go when there is plenty of water flowing over and around the boulders in the river bed, but a couple of years ago we went on a beautiful August day when the water levels were very low.

At first I was disappointed that the water of the river was barely moving, but then I noticed the light and reflections.  Sunlight streaming through the trees seemed to turn portions of the river into gold.

Middle Prong Little River, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee.  August 27, 2012.

Middle Prong Little River, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee. August 27, 2012.

A little later we came upon a pool of water that was turned a yellow/green by the leaves of the trees overhead.

Middle Prong Little River, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee.  August 27, 2012.

Middle Prong Little River, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee. August 27, 2012.

As I continued to pay attention to the reflections in the water, I found I could capture the trees overhead and the sky by photographing the water.  The result is different from most of the photographs I’ve taken, but I like the color of both the green leaves and the blue sky as painted by the river.

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17 Responses to “Art in the River”

  1. Neal Says:

    That is so beautiful and peaceful….great job.

  2. Betsyfromtennessee Says:

    PERFECT pictures of the reflections and colors in that water… And your title, Art in the Water, is terrific…. Awesome!
    Love,
    Wifey

  3. Ms. A Says:

    That looks like liquid gold in the water. Beautiful!

  4. ladyfi Says:

    What beautiful abstract reflections and colours!

  5. sylviakirks Says:

    Beautiful place, lovely reflections and terrific captures!! Thanks for sharing with us, George!! Have a great new week/month!!

  6. Ginny Hartzler Says:

    The last picture is my favorite, George. It does not even look like a reflection! Looks like you aimed your camera upwards and snapped!

  7. MaryBeth Says:

    Excellent pictures. Isn’t it wonderful to turn disappointment into something positive. Just look around and goodness is there just waiting for one to find it. I am glad you did. MB

  8. Gardener on Sherlock Street Says:

    So nice. I love water reflections. Thanks for sharing.

  9. rhiebert Says:

    I love creative shots like this.All of them are stunning.

  10. dayphoto Says:

    You always do outstanding work, George! Love the art…it’s the best kind!

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

  11. Sartenada Says:

    Very interesting series of gorgeous photos.

  12. Rose Says:

    George, I sure hope people click these to expand the view. They are just wonderful…I get cooler just looking at them. That first is my favorite…

  13. Judy Says:

    I love that greeny-gold colour, George!!! The first image is my favourite!!!

  14. Rajesh Says:

    Great shots. The reflections are superb.

  15. Lorri Says:

    What lovely captures of reflections, tones and contrasts. Each one a beauty, George.

  16. dianebo Says:

    Painted by the river is right. They are lovely photos when enlarged. I would like to see them larger on your blog.

  17. Busy Bee Suz Says:

    George you have such a wonderful and detailed eye for nature; love these captures!!!

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