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Poplars and Hillside, Newfound Gap Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, October 17, 1967 (P1990.51.4608.1) Dwarf Rhododendron, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, June 29, 1968 (P1990.51.4738)
Oak Tree and Mountainside, Newfound Gap Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, April 23, 1968 (P1990.51.4673.1) Sun on Brook, Cades Cove Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, June 30, 1968 (P1990.51.4741.1)
  • Humid and foggy, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park straddles the Tennessee-North Carolina border and forms part of the Appalachian Mountain chain. Porter photographed the region between 1967 and 1969.
  • He was attracted by the many different flowers and trees. The Smoky Mountains are home to over 1,300 flowering plants and more kinds of native trees than grow in all of Europe.
  • Photographing in each season, Porter took close-ups of flowering plants, hillside views, and winter woodland scenes.
  • The resulting book, Appalachian Wilderness: The Great Smoky Mountains (1970), contrasts Porter’s images of these woods with Edward Abbey and Harry Caudill’s text about the human mistreatment of the region.
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