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Smoke and fall colors, False Gap Prong, GSMNP

While bushwhack hiking in the False Gap Prong area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, my brother-in-law and I started smelling smoke and started back to our car. It was November 23, 2016. At 2:27 PM I made a quick “grab shot” of fall color in a background of gray tree trunks filled in with gray smoke from a fire somewhere nearby. At 5:30 PM that fateful day, GSMNP staff responded to a 1.5 acre fire 6 miles away at Chimney Tops. Over the next five days 14 lives were lost, and numerous homes and buildings were destroyed. This is that grab shot.

TAGS: Fall, Smoke, Tennessee

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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States of America
Member since 2018
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© Tom Owens.
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 11.2016
Total Views: 71
Filed Under: Natural World
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Date Uploaded: Nov. 30, 2018, 1:06 p.m.
Camera Make: Canon
Camera Model: Canon PowerShot G7 X
Focal Length: 36.8mm
Shutter Speed: 1/320
Aperture: f4
ISO: ISO200
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