Photography is one of those things that just never seems to disappoint me. No matter what kind of a day it is you can always manage to go out and find something of interest to shoot. But over the years, I have learned that by going out everyday, I find the unexpected. It's the excitement of seeing that special something that you have yet to photograph that makes the day special.
Here in east Tennessee, we are so fortunate to have so many beautiful waterfalls surrounding us. But what lots of people do not know is that after a few days of heavy rain, we can have dozens of new falls appearing overnight. Hiking one of the trails on any given day you might see two or three memorable waterfalls, but hiking that same trail after the rains and you might very well see dozens of equally memorable falls. Locals know that by hiking after the rains have come is the most exciting time of all. Clearly, one needs to be careful as the water in the streams rises, but if you love to see waterfalls, this is the time to get out on the trail.
The three waterfalls pictured above were photographed this morning, after a night of heavy rains. I had traveled this same path just two days ago and none of these fall existed. Without the rains and the resulting runoff, these incredible beauties disappear back into the landscape. The smart photographer is the one who knows when to hit the trail and capture those magical moments that we all love to see. I would encourage everyone to turn those televisions off and go out and see what you and your families can discover together. There's a world out there that is waiting for you and your camera.
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