It’s a quiet and peaceful day in Cades Cove. Winter is really special here. Plenty of time to cruise the loop road at your own pace, stopping whenever the mood strikes. In winter the deer come out by the dozens — probably over 100 of them in the central meadow on a sunny day like today.
Park your car and walk into the fields, taking in the surrounding mountains while you work your way down to the valley floor. Deer all around you. And if you’re extra lucky, maybe you’ll spot a coyote slinking off into the woods. It feels good to just stand there and do nothing but be in the passing moments of the day for a while.
Winter is a quiet season, but we’re still out here on Glades Rd in Morning Mist Village, where you’ll find all of my Smoky Mountains images on display at the William Britten Gallery.