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Flowers of Cades Cove

  • 07/10/2022
  • 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Cades Cove Ranger Kiosk


  • Both members and visitors may register.

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SANP Field Event

Flowers of Cades Cove

Sunday, July 10, 2022


Leader:  Dale Potter               Phone:  (865) 773-8114             E-mail:

Meeting place: Cades Cove Ranger Kiosk, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Time: 7:00 am

Registration available:  Beginning today

This is a flower hunt instead of a bear or bird hunt.  We will be looking for these flowers Heirloom Sword Lilies or the Byzantine Gladiolus visit here. Bee balm, milkwood, butterfly weed, tall thimbleweed and maybe a few more. 
We will be looking for more of the flowers I posted on the SANP Facebook page today visit here.

Location Description:  

Some of the flowers will be near the road in Cades Cove, but there is one rare one that will require a mile round trip walk. We may also venture away from the road for something different than flowers.

You will want to wear long pants as you will be in the grass and other weeds. 

Due to limit parking, we will need to take as few cars as possible into the Cove.


Learning opportunities:

Bring the lens you want to use.  If you can do focus stacking you will want to try that.  In some places you will have to share the same flower with everyone else. A tripod will be useful and a remote shutter control. If you have a macro lens you may want to use it.  For those bringing a long lens you will want to use to use it on the shorter distance instead of infinity.  

The following links may offer you some information about photographing flowers.  You can download any of these links.  This is a short one with ideas.  This one is more detailed visit here.  

What to bring:

  • Your favorite DSLR camera.
  • Your fastest lens will give you more opportunities to get a good background.
  • Bring appropriate weather gear.
  • Tripod can be useful.
  • Remote shutter release.
  • Reflectors if you wish to keep up with them.
  • Rain gear for yourself and a rain cover for your camera in case we have rain.
  • Bring WATER.... SNACKS

Remember to dress for the weather.  

We are not bear hunting and will only stop if the bear offers a good photograph opportunity. 


Driving directions:  Cades Cove Ranger Kiosk, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Restrooms:  Cades Cove Picnic area and lots of other unisex options.

How to Find Me: Red Jeep Wrangler

Contacts:     Jerry Whaley, President       Julie Glibbery, Membership Manager       General Information

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