One of my favorite places to visit is Cades Cove in the Smokey Mountains. It’s hidden many miles from stores and houses, down long and winding scenic roads. It’s a place that stopped in time many decades ago but there are still a few remnants of old cabins, churches, and barns. One of the places I got a chance to photograph during my last visit a few weeks ago, was this quaint little cabin set a half mile down along one of the trails. As you walk down along the trail, it opens up to this view with a couple other out buildings nearby.
The thing that brings me back to this place year after year though is the abundance of wildlife that can be seen. This is where I have seen the most black bears and been able to get photos of mom and cubs sleeping in the trees as well as on the move searching for food. Unfortunately, I did not get to see any bears this last trip but did get to see dozens of deer roaming all around. This young buck was a particular favorite of mine, and he allowed me to get fairly close for my shots.