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