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Picture of the Day - September 29, 2009

Spruce Flats Falls

Photo of gorgeous Spruce Flats Falls in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Photo and narrative by Gordon Brugman.               (Click on the photo for a larger view)

It's been raining a lot here in the Smokies for several weeks. Hiking even the relatively short trail to Spruce Flats Falls calls for caution as the trail crosses slippery mud and rocks. And, like many of the other trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a fall from the trail would often mean a nasty drop from great heights.

But the pursuit of anything of value is almost always a challenge. The effort we make in obtaining our hearts desire makes reaching our goals all the more rewarding. Once reached, sharing our accomplishments with others only multiplies their worth.

Like all the photographers whose work is featured on, I hope the modest effort made to reach and photograph this example of Natures' beauty brings you the same joy and peace I experienced during yesterday's rainy day hike.

You'll find many more of my images in my online gallery. Here are the camera and settings used to capture this image:

    Camera: Nikon D40
    Focal length: 19mm
    Shutter speed: 4 seconds
    Aperture: f/18
    ISO: 200

Visitor Comments...
    Name: Rick Rouse
    Town: Abingdon, VA

    Very nice Gordon. Your photographs of the Smoky Mountain region are wonderful, and it's great to know that your opportunities for taking more of them are virtually unlimited.
    Name: Ruth Jennings
    Town: Lawton, OK

    Name: Winston "Rocky" Rockwell
    Town: Kirkland, WA

    Looks like a lovely spot. I really enjoy woodland streams and waterfalls, and agree completely with your comments about what it takes to "get the shot". The best opportunities are often a little out of the way, but so well worth the extra effort to reach them. Nice job, Gordon!
    Name: Lauren Blackwell
    Town: San Antonio, TX

    Lovely waterfalls! There is both power and softness in this image and I feel a real invitation to sit on the edge of this scene and just breath in the freshness.
    Name: Doug Collins
    Town: Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    Delightful photo today Mr. Brugman. I have become a serious fan of your work!
    Name: Juanita L. Ruffner
    Town: Negley, OH

    Wonderful scene and capture as well...
    Name: Robert Schwarztrauber
    Town: Buffalo, NY

    Going the extra mile most often yields the best results. I'm sure glad Mr. Brugman shares that philosophy to bring us this great photograph. The rain brings out great richness in colors and textures, and I love the softness of the water as it joins the stream. Great photo.
    Name: Kathy Beach
    Town: Maryville, TN

    Gordon, I have been to these falls before but I have never seen them look like this. This is a beautiful picture. Thank you for sharing this with us!!!

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