Cades Cove is a beautiful fertile valley surrounded by mountains and probably the most popular destination in Smoky Mountains National Park. Since we stayed in Townsend TN we were only a couple of miles from the entrance so we made 3 trips there. The sunrise visit was awesome! It is one of my all-time favorite locations for photography! We were excited to find and photograph several deer and bears on our first trip.

For more information: http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/cadescove.htm

Artistic rendering of pre-sunrise scene

Artistic rendering of pre-sunrise scene

Monochrome version

Monochrome version

Horse pasture before sunrise

Horse pasture before sunrise

Escaped from pasture

Escaped from pasture

Deer in foggy field on Sparks Lane

Deer in foggy field on Sparks Lane

Foggy sunrise on Sparks Lane

Foggy sunrise on Sparks Lane

posing for us

posing for us