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Things To Do In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  21 Comments

With its large size and variety of year-round offerings, it’s no surprise that Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the United States’ most visited National Park, with over double the number of annual visitors that the second most popular National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, sees. This post provides a guide to Great Smoky Mountains […]

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Sunrise from Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Posted on Nov 14, 2013 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  3 Comments

Straddling the state line between Tennessee and North Carolina and rising 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s highest point. It is also the highest point in Tennessee, and the third highest point east of the Mississippi. Only North Carolina’s Mt. Mitchell and Mt. Craig are taller, and they each have less […]

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Full Moon Illuminates Oconaluftee Valley in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  8 Comments

While it doesn’t have the name recognition of Newfound Gap or Clingmans Dome, I think the Oconaluftee Valley Overlook is the best view in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It actually reminds me a bit of Tunnel View, the most popular viewing spot in Yosemite National Park in terms of the view it offers. It’s […]

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Professional Photographers are an Endangered Species

Posted on Oct 21, 2013 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  9 Comments

Professional photographers are endangered species. One that, unlike the California Condor, is headed the way of the Dodo. Within five years, I predict that the professional photographer, as we now know the profession, will be largely extinct. Granted, there will still be some in “captivity,” but those will likely only be photographers with such unique […]

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