Our dear friends near Knoxville took us to the Bald River near Tellico Plains. In my research on the area, I had not been alerted to this location, and I wonder why.
Bald River Falls, Tellico Plains, Tennessee
Little River Cascade
A key to this area is locating both the nice drops and the safe parking areas. I noted the key areas as we drove up to Cades Cove with mileages, and checked the weather to learn that the next morning would begin cloudy, perfect for waterfall photography. The next morning I began at a nice cascade about 2.5 miles below the Sinks.
Working upstream towards the Sinks, I found this nicely framed drop in the river. To me, this image is about the plants that frame the waterfall.
Streamside Flowers- Little River
The Sinks on Little River
Newly Leafed Trees at the Sinks
Our wildflower forays were usually around streams, and so we also discovered some nice hillside cascades coming down steep slopes. This was near the Elkmont campground on the upper reaches of the Little River. It was a rich wildflower area. The cascade was lined at places with Brook Lettuce that resisted my attempts to photograph; preferred not to take a bath because of the slippery rocks. Next time I will take hip boots so I can move around more freely.
On a second cloudy day, I found the nice cascade seen below. It was along the Little River in a site that required a little rock scrambling to see. I only wished the Rhododendron was in bloom for this image to add more "pop" to the scene.
Large Cascade on Little River
Beginning of the Little Pigeon River
I cannot close without showing why the Porter Creek area was a favorite that will call me back on a future trip. It was very rich with wildflowers. I found beds of Hepatica acutiloba that covered areas the size of a queen size bed. They were past bloom, so I must go again earlier in the season. But, we also found this delicate little Pink Lady's-slipper. Wild orchids and waterfalls are sure to excite me about future visits.