Have to apologize again to the South Dakota purists, but I've noticed that my out-of-state pictures are getting as many views as the in-state, so you're going to see a few more.
Also want to make sure I'm not confusing anyone. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is in Tennessee, not South Dakota. Hoping no one is getting the Black Hills and the Smokies mixed up.
Anyway, this is a continuation of a few pictures I posted earlier from a photography workshop I attended last fall.
This grist mill in the Cades Cove area of the park is almost the equivalent of the famous Moulton Barn in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park for number of photos taken of it. It seems to be on every postcard and souvenir item you can buy in the Smokies.
Here's a sunrise through the "smoke" or heavy mist atop the Smokies.
And just because it's a good story on Halloween week, you get this bonus photo.
I arrived fairly late in the evening at the Knoxville airport for this workshop, but my luggage decided to go to Baltimore or Cincinnati or somewhere. So by the time I filled out claim forms and then rented a lovely blue PT Cruiser, it was well after midnight driving into the mountains to my motel. As I rounded a curve something flew up from the middle of the road immediately in front of me. Just about the time I identified it as a bat rather than a bird, it hit the windshield. I started to doubt my eyes at that time of night, so went back the next morning to see if I could confirm my sighting. Yep, that's what it was....