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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!

 

 

Photographing Gold in the Smoky Mountains

Photographing Streets of Gold in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Streets of Gold along Little River Road Great Smoky Mountains in 1985
Streets of Gold along Little River Road Great Smoky Mountains in 1985

Back in 1985 the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was not on my radar as a place to photograph for posterity. Before the days of digital photography and the Internet most of us were more likely to see a photograph of the park on a postcard or from a personal photo in a shoebox.

Taking Photographs was relatively expensive back then, and the technology to transform a printed picture into a digital file was just in its infancy. And unless you were a profession on a commissioned shoot the was little likelihood that anyone outside of your immediate presence would ever see the photos. (Remember the vacation “slide shows” that went on and on!) Continue reading

Photography in the Great Smoky Mountains

Photography in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains Blue Mist photography by Richard Weisser
Great Smoky Mountains Blue Mist

I have had the extreme pleasure of taking photographs in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for over forty years.

Over that period of time there have been a lot of changes. Not only has the art of photography dramatically but the park itself has matured and been affected by weather and other environment influences. Continue reading