Wildflowers of the Smoky Mountains

In the end of April I took my first spring trip to the Smoky Mountains.  The thing I love the most about the Smoky Mountains is that each season offers something new and magnificent to observe (and photograph in my case).  I went with an open mind and an open agenda but having two specific things I wanted to photograph – wildflowers and waterfalls.

Smoky Mountain National Park distributes a seasonal newspaper that has great tips on locations of wildflowers.  It will suggest various trails to hike and places to look.  I highly suggest reviewing this newspaper as a starting point.  There are also many great identification books sold in the park bookstore.  The one I enjoyed the most is “Wildflowers of the Smokies” by Peter White.

Photographing wildflowers is not a new subject matter to me but the identification of each flower is.  Below are a variety of what I found.  I hope you enjoy the color and intricacies of each flower as much as I do.  

Fire Pink (f/6.3, 1/400 second, ISO 400)


Showy Orchis (f/5.6, 1/200 second, ISO 400)


Columbine (f/18, 1/100 second, ISO 800)


Bishop’s Cap (f/14, 1/100 second, ISO 640)


Pretty Purple Flowers (f/5.6, 1/400 second, ISO 400) – unsure of name of this one



  • Very Nice Photographs!

    Keep up the great work.

    May 18, 2013
  • Cheyenne Startz

    I live in Texas but I love the Smoky Mountains (visited 5 times). I am setting up my craft room with a Smoky’s theme. These pictures are beautiful and I was wondering if you might consider selling them in a 4X6 format print? I would love to use them in my craft room decor.
    Cheyenne Startz

    September 07, 2013
    • Jennifer Ludlum

      Hello Cheyenne,
      Thank you for your interest in the Smoky Mountain wildflower photos. Yes, they are absolutely available in a 4×6 size print. I sent you an email with the details.
      Jennifer Ludlum

      September 24, 2013

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