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Picture of the Day - October 14, 2009

"Falls murmur"

Photo of a beautiful fall scene featuring a spectacular waterfall.
Photo and narrative by Gordon Brugman.

As fall colors begin their slow descent from the highest elevations of the Great Smoky Mountains, low-lying rivers are reflecting just the beginning flush of the spectacular annual display. And, fittingly, the show has its own soundtrack!

While the soloists at the highest peaks are often the rush of wind or the triumphant shrieks of hawks soaring high above the patchwork landscape, here along the river it is the murmur of gently falling water that accompanies the dance of the reflected colors.

With brilliant flashes of color and Natures own orchestra to be seen and heard wherever one looks, is it any wonder Fall is the most popular time of the year for visitors to this, the nations most visited National Park?

Some 31 autumns ago I visited this area for the first time, on a vacation from my suburban Detroit, Michigan home. Two weeks later I was moved in and living here! Is there any wonder why?

This is an HDR (High Dynamic Range) image made up of three separate exposures, all shot with a tripod-mounted Nikon D40.

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Visitor Comments...
    Name: Winston "Rocky" Rockwell
    Town: Kirkland, WA

    A lovely, tranquil scene, Gordon. One day perhaps I'll get to visit that park myself. You've captured the flow of the water perfectly, and the processing is subtle enough that I wouldn't have guessed it was HDR if you hadn't mentioned it. Nicely done!
     
     
    Name: Terri Shuman
    Town: Chillicothe, OH

    Exquisite!!!
     
     
    Name: Kathy Beach
    Town: Maryville, TN

    Simply Beautiful, Gordon! I love the way you take pictures and I love the way you describe them!!
     
     
    Name: Ron Trees
    Town: Spokane, WA

    What a beautiful, tranquil setting here Gordon!! We have yet to see any of the Fall colors like you have. Very nice!! Again, your use of HDR is very nice also.
     
     
    Name: Ed Morrison
    Town: Dunwoody, GA

    You hit it out of the park with this one Mr. Brugman!

 
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