Sunday, July 08, 2007

Summertime in Cades Cove

As it is one of the most scenic and fascinating places in Southern Appalachia, photos and stories of Cades Cove are likely to be one of the more-recurring topics that this blog will explore in its lifetime. It's a worthy subject, and one that has already been addressed. Nothing wrong that. I'll make my first contribution here. These are a few photographs from a recent excursion into the Cove. To view them all, go here.

A lonely trail winds back into the woods just above the John Oliver Cabin.

The chimney of the John Oliver Cabin.

A pass-through style barn that sits behind the Becky Cable House.

The John P. Cable Grist Mill.

Monarch butterflies on the Cable Farm.

Cades Cove Primitive Baptist Church. This is one of the more interesting spots on the 11-mile auto tour, as many of Cades Cove's most-prominent residents are laid to rest in the cemetery here.

An area of mostly pine forest near the entrance to Cades Cove.

A doe grazes just beside the road on the auto loop. One of the most exciting features of a visit to Cades Cove is the opportunity to view wildlife up-close. Deer especially are acclimated to the human presence in the Cove, allowing for up-close shots like this one. I also came within about 15 yards of two trotting black bears near the Abrams Falls trail head.

Another one of Cades Cove's stunning vistas.


Freddie Sirmans said...

Just browsing the internet, very interesting blog

CS said...

Beautiful photos. Some of those gravestones in Cades Cove are realy gripping - I remember in particular a row of babies and toddlers from the same family. Life couldn't have been easy then.

CharlesTheKungFuMaster said...

Great pics. I've never been to Cades Cove, but I'd love to go and see it for myself.

Anonymous said...

That's a Pearl Crescent butterfly, not a Monarch. Nice pictures of one of my favorite places in the world.