If you told me when I went to the Smokey Mountains that I’d spend a fair amount of time photographing a road, I may have thought twice about going. Then I saw the road. Sparks Lane is a little gravel path in Cades Cove, a beautiful and historic valley in the Great Smokey Mountain National Park. It a magical little road in an equally magical setting. One could spend endless hours photographing this short one mile lane.
How I Did It – Landscape photography is the art of knowing how to wait for the light. The last photograph in this series is probably the most photographed scene in Cades Cove. In order to make something that popular your own requires applying your unique vision to it. For me that meant the light. On this particular evening the light was changing from minute to minute as the setting sun was moving in and out of the clouds. It was this particular moment, when the light softened and the trees began to glow that caught me.