Big Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains

May 08, 2020

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Photographer: Ashwin Inala 
Summary Author: Ashwin Inala 

Shown above is rain-swollen Big Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, following heavy storms a few hours before. Shale and limestone rocks are scattered throughout the stream bed and along its banks. Big Creek, like many such streams in this area, is known for its superb fly fishing. It eventually flows into the Pigeon River, which runs through western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee. The photo was taken in May 2019, just off the Big Creek hiking trail that was originally a railroad for removing logs from clear-cuts beginning in the late 1800s.

Photo Details: Apple iPhone 6s camera; Standard 29 mm eq lens; f/2.2.