Great Smoky Mountains Nat. Park, Pano_93E0114

One of my favorite spots in the Great Smokies is Cades Cove.  The windows of opportunities to get good photos are endless.  Every visit brings different sets of circumstances which I intend to reveal in future posts.

Cades Cove is a broad, verdant valley surrounded by mountains and is one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smokies. It offers some of the best opportunities for wildlife viewing in the park. Large numbers of white-tailed deer are frequently seen, and sightings of black bear, coyote, ground hog, turkey, raccoon, skunk, and other animals are also possible.

Great Smoky Mountains Pano, North Carolina_93E0114

Mountaintop Pano View from overlook at Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Everywhere you look, the mountains of Shenandoah hint at their stories through their very shape and composition. The geologic history that created and shaped these rocks and mountains continues to influence the vegetation, animals, and people that live in and pass through the park.

Shenandoah National Park is open year-round.

 

Mountaintop Panorama view from overlook at Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Panoramic view of Copacabana Beach & Favela, Rio de Janeiro – DSC04237

Copacabana is a bairro (neighbourhood) located in the South Zone of the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is known for its 4 km (2.5 miles) balneario beach, which is one of the most famous in the world.

Shot taken on Top of Hotel Balcony which offered this breathtaking view of the beach on left and one the favela neighborhood on the right.  A way of life in Rio.

Copacabana Beach Rio & Favela DSC04237