This is a panoramic image of beautiful Cades Cove, an isolated valley located in the Tennessee section of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, USA.
In the spring everything is very green and lush. You can see the green tree leaves starting from the valley floor going up the ridges to reach the mountain tops where the Appalachian Trail goes through the park. You can also see in the valley the blooming white Dogwood trees.
The valley was home to numerous settlers before the formation of the national park. Today Cades Cove is the single most popular destination for visitors to the park, attracting over two million visitors a year, due to its well-preserved homesteads, scenic mountain views, and abundant display of wildlife. Take your time and have patience when visiting Cades Cove. The 11 mile paved loop can take several hours to drive.
The white steeple in the middle of the image is the Methodist church. In 1902 carpenter/pastor, John D. McCampbell built the pretty white frame structure which became the Cades Cove Methodist church.
Canon EOS 1D MK3, EF 70-200mm F2.8 IS USM L Lens, Gitzo Tripod