My little red tree that gave me the thoughts of “Different” also Stands Out from the evergreens around it. We as photographers usually stand out from the, drive by point and shoot crowd. Lots of time we take more time setting up our tripod and camera than they do to stop, shoot, and move on…….I don’t know at the time I’ve been sitting in Cades Cove, reading, when someone would stop, look, snap a shoot and go on. They would be nothing out there, but seeing my camera, tripod, and long lens they would just assume I was shooting something……They can be bothersome at times. They’ll come up and start asking questions while you’re concentrating on a shoot. Even though we may be bothered we can play a big part in spreading the need for things like conservation. By standing out and getting the attention from those around us, we can play a bigger part in saving and preserving what we love to shoot…….So next time you are asked “ are you taking a picture of that”, don’t say “no I’m checking for gamma rays from the space ship that landed last night”. Tell them yes and why we should be helping save Mother Nature….Stand Out Make A Difference.

Image taken at the Oconaluftee Valley Overlook, Newfound Gap Rd., Great Smoky Mountain NP


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  • Ginger  Barritt
    Ginger Barrittalmost 6 years ago

    Wonderful!!! Love the colors!!!

  • Lisa G. Putman
    Lisa G. Putmanalmost 6 years ago

    Gorgeous, Gary! I love the lighting, the great shadows on the evergreen branches add a lot of depth to this shot. I love the clouds, too! I love your commentary with this also. I get the feeling at times I am from a by-gone era…even though I’ve made the jump to digital. I’ve felt the frustration while out shooting with my neice with her point and shoot and no tripod. She will shoot about 40 pictures to my 1. When I look through her pictures I’m sometime jealous because her camera is set to a high saturation and contrast, and at first glance, everything looks awesome. Then, when enlarged to 100%, the difference is apparent. And, sometimes I feel like if one more person walks up and destroys my concentration by asking “what are you shooting with”…I will come unglued! You hit a nerve, but you are right, Gary. Nice post!

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanalmost 6 years ago

    sooooo lovely!!!!!! And I agree … standing out can be a good thing at times!!!!

  • Antanas
    Antanasalmost 6 years ago

    very good capture, beautiful colors and composition

  • DavidMark
    DavidMarkalmost 6 years ago

    Nice work Gary, those colors are great together!

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyalmost 6 years ago

    All the colours are lovely, but that little red tree is a real show-off! ;o)

  • Jeff  Burns
    Jeff Burnsalmost 6 years ago

    Gorgeous capture

  • Farmncamera
    Farmncameraalmost 6 years ago

    Even the thumbnail stood out!! Oh how gorgeous.. :) xx

  • bonnieack
    bonnieackalmost 6 years ago

    Stunning and I agree…even the thumbnail got my attention!!! Well done!

  • Susan Bergstrom
    Susan Bergstromalmost 6 years ago

    Your photography is always superb…beautiful capture!

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