Secret oasis in the Smokies

Christopher RobinArts 865, Sevier

Louisiana? South Carolina? Mississippi? No, this is in the Great Smoky Mountain’s National Park. This area of the park has become one of my favorite places to photograph. The swamp is so different and unknown. Thousands of people travel nearby never knowing what they are missing.

Green is considered the color of nature symbolizing growth, harmony, freshness and fertility. The lush spring green and of course the beautiful reflections double the pleasure. The layers of the trees draw your eye into this image.

This is one of the most ecologically fragile areas of the park so, like Grandma’s secret biscuit recipe or your uncle’s favorite fishing hole, I am going to keep the location of this one to myself. Enjoy the reflections and the uniqueness of this image knowing that there are still mysterious places, even in America’s most visited national park.

Photographer Chris and painter Robin Rohwer each week share a painting or photograph that captured their interest. They have a small studio and gallery in the Historic Phoenix Building, 418 South Gay Street. Check ahead to see when they will be there. Their website is All works are copyright protected.


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