national parks, photography, travel

QUARANTINED IN APPALACHIA

With the Covid-19 global pandemic in full strength, our nomad dream has halted abruptly, just like everyone’s normal lives. The state of Florida closed down all of the state parks where we had reservations, so with no where to stay, we headed up to Chattanooga, TN to hole up with my brother and his family. There are much worse places to be.
It’s a beautiful area in Appalachia. Admittedly, we’re not getting out much. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is only 2 hours away, but is of course closed. So as we’re quarantined, I’m reminiscing about our spring trip to the Smokies back in 2018. Here are a few images from that month or two we explored the area.
  
  
  
Even though we can’t get out too much, I will still try to share the beauty of our wonderful world with all of you. I hope you all are safe and healthy… when we emerge on the other side of this, we will undoubtedly appreciate our wonderful parks and our freedom with fresh eyes and wearied hearts.
— Andrew

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appalachia | deep greens and blues…

i always seem to head west when i’m shooting landscapes and nature.

so it was a pleasant surprise to my eyes and camera to go east in june.

i think we’re going to have to make it an annual trip…  :)

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appalachia | a family reunion

my wife’s family has roots in the mountains of north carolina.  deep roots.

on her mom’s side, many in the family still live on the land they settled in the 19th century.

it is near the little town of caney fork, on the creek of the same name.

and it’s beautiful by the way.

so here is an abridged chronicle of our time in appalachia, celebrating july 4th (a little early).

side note: i shot a ton of landscapes and nature photos as well, and will share those in the next post…

all images © andrew r. slaton | photographer 2012

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