Madison Indiana Photography

Porter’s Creek Trail| Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Here are a few more images from another great trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Porter’s Creek might be my favorite trail for wildflowers and that’s because of one small little flower and that’s the White Fringed Phacelia, or should I say millions of them !!

Walking this trail starts out with a nice gentle trail that has many of the different flowers that grace the park, but after traveling up the trail for a mile you cross over a very entertaining log bridge and then walk into a different world. All across the floor of the gorge and up the side of the mountain are millions upon millions of these little flowers, it actually looks like you had just experienced a snow fall.

It seems like it is right out of the Lord of the Rings or some other fantasy movie, it is one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen.  The actual bloom is about the size of a nickel which isn’t the largest broom out there, but when you have several million growing together it makes for an incredible sight to witness.

If you ever get a chance to travel to the park in the spring this another one of those great hikes you will be glad you took. So here are a few shots from the hike, I included a macro version of one the plants and then some of the actual trail itself, thanks for stopping by and taking a look !!


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July 11, 2014 - Posted by | flower photography, flowers, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, life, macro, macro photography, nature, nature photography, photography, thoughts, West Street Art Center, wildflowers | , , , , , , , ,


  1. Beautiful images! Sounds like an amazing place.

    Comment by Eden | July 11, 2014 | Reply

  2. The White Fringed Phacelia is a gorgeous little flower. A carpet of them must be amazing.

    Comment by Steve Gingold | July 11, 2014 | Reply

    • It is Steve a sight to behold for sure !!

      Comment by Bernie Kasper | July 14, 2014 | Reply

  3. What a wonderful sight that must be! The blossom is gorgeous.

    Comment by montucky | July 12, 2014 | Reply

  4. Beautiful flowers and images – the number of flowers in the second image is amazing.

    Comment by tomwhelan | July 12, 2014 | Reply

  5. These shots are absolutely gorgeous Bernie!!! The analogy to a snowfall is fantastic. A carpet of snow…..thanks for sharing them!

    Comment by Howard Grill | July 12, 2014 | Reply

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