The Sinks, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

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Here’s a new image from my recent early April trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee/North Carolina. Around this time of year, the lush waterfalls and cascades are rushing with water and the wildflowers which the park is so famous for are in full bloom.


"The Sinks"


There are so many places in the park to photograph the gorgeous cascades, and one of the best ones is along the Little River. Past Metcalf Bottoms, the river adopts a swift current as if flows through Little River Gorge, reaching an area known as “The Sinks.” Just beyond the stretch photographed above, the volatile water drops over ten feet into a pool. Unfortunately, these beautiful but perilous cascades have seen several drownings so one has to take caution photographing them and avoid slipping on the wet rocks. I loved the beautiful late afternoon glow of the trees in the distance and framed my composition so that the flowing water would proceed diagonally across the image, thus leading the eye. I captured several exposures with varying shutter speed so that just the right amount of detail would be retained in the water while sufficiently blurring motion.


All images are ©2012 Alexander Filatov Photography. All rights reserved.

  • Jody

    My husband and I just visited there for the first time in April and it’s a beautiful cascades!

  • Amazing Pics

    Epic pictures! Check out my traveling tips for the smoky mountains

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