Morning Graze

Lisa G. Putman

Joined November 2007

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Horses in Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Townsend, TN, USA. Taken in early spring.

Canon EOS 30D DSLR; 18-55 mm kit lens
Taken early in the morning just after sunrise, I love the color and quality of the light.

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Horses and mules have had a presence in the Cove for well over 150 years. They’ve pulled wagons, hay mowers, buggies, carts, sleds, and plows. Horseback riding is a thrill for visitors today, a necessity for the pioneers of Cades Cove. I love the quiet of the morning as the fog lifts over the valley. The horses seem so peaceful grazing on the valley floor.

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About Cades Cove:

Cades Cove (formally known as Tuckaleechee Cove) is found in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, USA. Cades Cove
was a working farm valley until the 1930’s when the National Park was formed. The Park Service has attempted to recreate the 19th century feel of this farming valley and preserve it for future generations.

Before the first white settler arrived on the scene, Cades Cove had been a part of the Cherokee Indians’ domain. Abrams Creek and Abrams Falls are features named for a prominent Cherokee chief named “Old Abram” who at one time lived in a village at Chilhowee on the Little Tennessee River. According to tradition, Old Abram’s wife was named Kate, and Cades (Kate’s) Cove was named after her.

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