Great Smoky Mountains Ghost

Great Smoky Mountains Ghost

Ghost at Laurel Falls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park 2
Ghost at Laurel Falls in the Great Smoky Mountains 2

As an avid photographer of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, I shoot thousands of frames of everything that the park has to offer. As a matter of fact, I often shoot so many photos in a single session that it is not uncommon for me to not scrutinize the photos for a long period of time.

That was the case with this photograph of Laurel Falls that I took back in 2011. A quick glance at the thumbnail reveal a rather lackluster composition without any specific appeal.

However today I was examining this series of photos more carefully in a viewer to see if I might have missed a rare gem. As I was looking at this picture of Laurel Falls I noticed an anomaly in the top right quadrant. It appeared to be a glowing orb of some kind. Now rest assured that this occurred in the original raw image and not as the result of post-production digital wizardry!

As a photographer I know that light can play tricks on you. There are many possible physical explanations for the ghostly green illumination.

Laurel Falls Ghost Locator in the Great Smoky Mountains
Laurel Falls Ghost Locator

When I expanded the photo out to maximum resolution I thought that I noticed a face or at least a representation of a face in the orb. Whether or not it is a supernatural phenomenon is up to the reader to decide, but I have been unable to determine a definitive natural explanation for the iridescent emerald anomaly.

But I like to think of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as place of magic and mystery. It is easy to attain the sense that there is much more here than meets the eye. A walk along a trail can be an exhilarating spiritual experience that replenishes the soul with  appreciation for the natural creation that is the heart of soul of the park.

Close-up detail of Laurel Falls Ghost in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Close-up detail of Laurel Falls Ghost

So even though the scientist in me says “it ain’t so” the poet in me is a true believer. After all, even if you can’t see the magic with your eyes, you can certainly feel it within your being!

 

 

Footlog over Kephart Prong

Footlog over Kephart Prong

Foot log over Kephart Prong in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Early Fall Foliage Great Smoky Mountains

Early Fall Foliage in the Great Smoky Mountains

Early Fall Foliage in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Little Pigeon River In Autumn 2

Little Pigeon River In Autumn 2

The West Fork of the Little Pigeon River in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with fall leaves.

Jim Palmer Barn in Cataloochee

Jim Palmer Barn in Cataloochee

Jim Palmer Barn in Cataloochee Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cataloochee is more remote than other areas in the park that are accessible by automobile.

Cataloochee Woody House with Fall leaves

Cataloochee Woody House with Fall leaves

The Woody House in Cataloochee with a background of fall leaves in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Abrams Creek West of Cades Cove

Abrams Creek West of Cades Cove

Abrams Creek West of Cades Cove along the trail on the way to Abrams Falls.

Bull Elk with Cows in Cataloochee

Bull elk with Cows in Cataloochee

Bull elk with Cows in Cataloochee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Fall leaves float along Rough Fork Cataloochee

Fall leaves float along Rough Fork in Cataloochee

Fallen leaves drift along Rough Fork in Cataloochee near the Caldwell House in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The water is so clear that you can’t even tell it’s there!

Fall Foliage and Autumn leaves in Cataloochee

Fall Foliage and Autumn leaves in Cataloochee

Magnificent Fall Foliage and brilliant Autumn leaves line the road in Cataloochee in the North Carolina section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Cataloochee Caldwell House with fall leaves 3

Cataloochee Caldwell House with fall leaves 3

The Caldwell House in Cataloochee Great Smoky Mountains National Park from an uncommon angle with fall leaves.

Roaring Fork in the Great Smoky Mountains 14

Roaring Fork in the Great Smoky Mountains 14

Beautiful Roaring Fork in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is just minutes outside of Gatlinburg Tennessee.