This tree remains perhaps where many once stood. Those settling this region in the 1800’s need fields to plant crops. To clear ground for the fields they need to remove the trees and underbrush. They didn’t do this all at once but over a period of time. The saplings and underbrush could be cut away by their axes. A large tree like this was removed by “girdling”. 2 rings were cut around the base of the tree about 6 feet apart. Then all the outer bark was stripped off, causing the tree to die. Once dead it would remain in place till it feel. They were able to plant crops around the tree. In its leafless, dead state sun was allowed to reach the crops. Once it had fallen they could use the wood for cooking and heating. The Cherokee also used similar methods and also would slash and burn areas to remove the dead trees and underbrush…..during the time it took for the tree to die and fall, the many many rocks would be removed and placed in piles or fence rows. This was usually a chore for the kids……………..this I guess is my 2ad favorite tree in Cades Cove,Great Smoky Mountain NP


  • Jeff  Burns
    Jeff Burnsalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful black and white shot. This is fantastic

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyalmost 6 years ago

    Wonderful isolation and sky! Great mood and tones!

  • Peter Evans
    Peter Evansalmost 6 years ago

    Fantastic shot mate and thanks for the full and honest info :-)

  • TimADeVore
    TimADeVorealmost 6 years ago

    Excellent shot Gary, wonderful composition and very informative description. Well seen and photographed!

  • Mar Silva
    Mar Silvaalmost 6 years ago

    Simplicity at its finest!

  • Farmncamera
    Farmncameraalmost 6 years ago

    All of your b/w photos are so exquisite! Just awesome.. I honestly think that you are one of THE best at this, I have seen. And the subject matter is one thing that makes this art truly THE BEST!!.. Thank YOU!!!. XXX

  • Maureen Bloesch
    Maureen Bloeschalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful capture, perfect comp:>))

  • Jane Best
    Jane Bestalmost 6 years ago

    Very dramatic in b/w. Outstanding photo and composition. Like your written description too.

  • tarnyacox
    tarnyacoxalmost 6 years ago

    Wow Gary, your B&W shots are just breathtaking! Yet another fantastic image with beautiful tones and placement.

  • KcranmerArt
    KcranmerArtalmost 6 years ago

    Awesome Gary…love the moodiness of this shot and especially being in mono!

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