- 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.