Mini Waterfall in the Tremont area of Great Smoky Mountain National Park

For Memorial Day weekend, I took my wife to Gatlinburg, TN for the long weekend. It turns out due to all the holiday traffic, it may have been a mistake to stay at a hotel on the parkway during the holiday weekend, but we had never stayed on the strip so we thought it might be an interesting experience.

We spent some time hiking in the mountains, going to Dollywood, shopping, eating, and just relaxing. On the drive home on Memorial Day morning, we drove up the road in the Treemont area of GSMNP. A creek follows the road, sometimes crossing under the road from one side to the other. Almost at the very end of the road, there’s a rather unique waterfall, which I also photographed almost a year ago while there with my friend Bill Fortney:

Smoky Mountain Creek

To get to this vantage point, you have to carefully pick your way down a rather steep embankment from the road to the water. The above shot was taken while sitting on the foreground rock.

Anyway, I wanted to share this area with my wife, so the two of us climbed down to the rock and took some very similar photos to the one you see above. I was shooting my Nikon D800 with a 16-35 lens, and my wife had her Nikon D7000 with the 18-200 kit lens attached.

As I looked around, I saw a mini waterfall a little ways past this waterfall and off to the left. I walked as far as I could towards the smaller waterfall while still keeping dry, but my 16-35 lens was way too wide to get the shot that I wanted. I borrowed my wife’s camera and racked all the way out to 200mm to get this shot:

Tremont Mini Waterfall
Tremont Mini Waterfall

With the fast-moving water, an exposure time of just under a second was enough to provide a nice, flowing effect.