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Blue Ridge Mountains Photo-of-the-Week

"Wishing Leaf" Photo-of-the-Week

The first image in Blue Ridge Travel Guide’s 2017 Photo-of-the-Week is “Wishing Leaf” by fine-art photographer Dennis Sabo.

While in Georgia on a photo safaris with friends, Dennis came upon a “wondrous valley at sunrise.” Unfortunately his tour guide gave the group some wrong information and the sun was directly in front of them.

Dennis tells us that whenever he’s outside in nature’s wonderful environment he always tries to  make photographic keepsakes out of bad situations. While his friends were whining about the conditions, he continued to scour the immediate environment for a good shot. Behind him (away from the sun) he saw a cliff side streaming with water and one minuscule leaf (about the size of a thumbnail) clinging to the cliff side. Between the colors and aging of the leaf, and the cobalt blue of the cliff wall, Dennis captured a great shot.

Dennis Sabo 1-on-1 Photo ClassesThat’s what makes him a professional fine-art photographer. And as a professional, Dennis also offers personalized one-on-one private photo and camera instruction for residents in the Tellico, Tenn., area. If it’s been a while since you used your camera, or if you got a new camera and need to get up to speed quickly, or you have the camera figured out but want your photographs to pop with color and don’t know how to use popular post-production programs like Adobe Lightroom, Dennis can help. His personalized, one-on-one photography instruction is designed to suit your needs and schedule.  From beginner to experienced, from a Powershot to a Digital SLR camera, and from camera buttons to post production in Lightroom or Photoshop, he’ll help you get the pictures you want.

Dennis has over 20 years of contributing photo experience to a variety of magazines, newspapers and publishers, including Blue Planet, Canon USA, Florida Today, National Geographic, NASA, NOVA, and more.

Call Dennis at 865-253-0798, or visit his website and Facebook page for the personalized one-on-one Camera instruction you need.

Note: We’re re-introducing the Blue Ridge Travel Guide “Photo of the Week.” If you’ve captured a fun or beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain experience with your camera we’d love to see and share it on BlueRidgeTravelGuide.com. Did you fly high above the mountains on a hot air balloon ride? Careen through the mountains on a zip line? Take a whitewater raft trip or tube down a a beautiful river? Hike to an awesome waterfall? Watch a gorgeous mountain sunrise or sunset? Send it to us using our Photo-of-the-Week submission form so we can evaluate it. We’ll post the best ones we receive each week on our website and Facebook page, along with your brief description.

Spring and Summer Activities in the Mountains

Spring and summer activities — indoors and outdoors, for children and adults — abound in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. For your convenience we’ve compiled an extensive list of the best ones here. For both the young and the young at heart, there is everything from magical train rides through the mountains to wildlife tours on foot … and everything in between.

Fast and Fun Zip Lines and Canopy Tours

Zip lines in the Blue Ridge Mountains are incredibly popular and exciting, and some of the fastest and most thrilling zip lines in the nation are located right here in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. Our list includes zip lines for all ages, with no experience required.

Whitewater Rafting, Kayaking, Tubing, and Canoeing in the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains

Whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and tubing are very popular, and can be enjoyed both rain or shine. You’ll find our extensive list of fun and exciting outdoor water sports and adventures here.

Fly Fishing Guides and Outfitters in the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains

Professional fly fishing guides help both novices and experienced fishermen have more fun and catch more fish on beautiful public and private mountain streams, lakes and rivers.

Horseback and Trail Rides in the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains

Guided horseback rides offer an opportunity to explore the mountains in a fun way, and it’s a great activity for families and couples.

Blue Ridge Mountain Hot Air Balloon Rides

For a totally unique perspective, view the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains from the air in a hot-air balloon.

Best Golf Courses in the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains

If you’re looking for a terrific golf experience, we’ve prepared a list of excellent mountain golf courses, all with challenging greens, beautiful layouts, scenic views, abundant wildlife, and great golf pros.

Grandfather Mountain Swinging Bridge Aerial Photo

Two of the most popular attractions are Grandfather Mountain with its lofty altitude, beautiful scenery, mile-high swinging bridge, environmental habitats for native wildlife, nature museum, restaurant, gift shop, hiking trails, picnic areas, naturalist programs and more. …and Chimney Rock Park, with its 400-ft.-high Hickory Nut Falls, nature trails, newly renovated elevator and Sky Lounge, guided hikes and rock climbing, workshops and many other special events.

Chimney Rock Park

Adults enjoy the many wineries, vineyards and craft beer breweries located near their inns and resorts. And some lodging facilities provide free transportation for guests.

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Those who enjoy two-wheeled touring will find motorcycle rental firms listed here.

Motorcycle Rental Firms in the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains

Adults enjoy art and craft galleries throughout the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains.

Art and Craft Galleries in the Blue Ridge, Applachian, and Great Smoky Mountains

Day spas and shopping go hand in hand with vacations, so be sure to check out our lists.

Small Town Shops in the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains

Every vacation deserves great food, so our list of restaurants in the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains is guaranteed to wet your appetite and satisfy your palate, whether you’re looking for a romantic dinner, a hearty breakfast, a good lunch, or a fun family meal, you’ll find what you need here.

Maps of the Most Scenic Highways, Byways, and Mountain Roads

One of the most popular attractions in our area is the Blue Ridge Parkway and the many other scenic highways and byways. We’ve provided an extensive list of fun roads, with beautiful views and lots of curves and elevation changes. Clicking on each map will take you to an interactive Google map of the scenic road so you can zoom in or out, and get distances and other details. We’ve also created a list of live webcams, maps and other information for great rides in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

You’ll also find information on the best inns, resorts, and vacation rentals on our Accommodations page.

We hope you have a wonderful time this year in the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park!

How to Buy the Blue Ridge Travel Guide Book

Cover of the latest Blue Ridge Travel Guide photo book.

Cover of the latest Blue Ridge Travel Guide photo book.

 

 

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