1. The White Veil


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    This time lapse video is made by Veerle of our vacation at the Smokies last September hope you enjoy...

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    • Smoky Mountains Untouched


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      We knew last year after we ended our vacation at the smokies that we had to come back, now a year later we were super exited to drive back. The cabin we rented last year was occupied so we found another one, on top of the mountain it said…they forgot to mention the wild off road with creeks to cross and angles that were almost to steep to drive without a 4×4.So we ended up in a cabin roosa’s nest super nice house with great mountain views after a long day we opened up a bottle of wine to cheers on the beginning of a two week mountain adventure… Our goal was to visit new places and hopefully see and film some wildlife, and make more time lapses then last year. On our first day we explored the area of Glenn falls in highlands NC and was pleasantly surprised that the trail started on top of the waterfall, what an amazing view with the mountain ranges in the background. Usually most waterfalls are surrounded with woods and no wide range views but this one had it all…all three stages of the trail had different views very nice. So we drove back the next day with all our gear even more than last year but it was all worth it to make some incredible footage. To make some nice fog time lapses we decided this year to go to black rock mountain state park just over the border in Georgia. The park offers many great overlooks so that was perfect one overlook was a hike of two miles it said moderate to strenuous, but had the feeling that was an understatement of course with all the pounds of gear on your body it clouds your judgment. Back at the cabin we took Chucky (yes he is still with us almost 15 year old jack Russell now, he also loves the mountains) for a walk in the huge backyard of the house it was more a private forest and the owner had several wildlife viewing chairs in the trees that was an extra bonus. Chucky found part of a skull still not sure what animal but it had some big teeth, from that moment we start hearing sounds around us and saw a deer jump away unfortunately we didn’t have our camera so no footage of the deer. We did see two deer again a groundhog and many birds. With the wildlife chairs in the trees and noises surrounding us, we felt like we were secluded from the world although it was just in the back yard. Veerle stayed one full day in there filming with her canon T3i and told me she could easily spend an extra two weeks just in the back yard. One late afternoon we drove to Panther town valley west entrance I had read on the website they call it the Yosemite of the east… so that says a lot. The drive up there reminded us somewhat back of Yosemite with walls of rock only smaller then the real deal in Yosemite of course… that afternoon we only did the salt rock view but oh boy what a view. We met a guy that explained us what mountains we were looking at and he was so kind he even gave us his trail map because we wanted to come back the next day to capture this beauty. Then it was time for us to go find some elk we drove to the south entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and stopped at the Oconaluftee visitor center with the mountain farm museum. As we were walking into the farm museum we could hear in the distance a haunting scream no it was not a lost soul trapped in the farm building, it was an elk bull bulging in the distance. It was the first time in my life I heard that sound in real life from that moment the beautiful farm building wasn’t able to keep us there we packed up our stuff to go find the animal. We hiked all the trails around the area and had no luck several hours later we drove to a field by the job center located behind the visitor center and there he was Big Daddy as the locals call him. With his 12 cows a real Casanova he was running from one lady to another lady all very beautiful to look at but very hard to capture. Next day we drove back there and there he was again this time they all were grazing the beautiful fields and was able to capture some nice footage. Veerle also captured some footage of another bull later in the day by the farm buildings and is going to make a video with the wildlife and birds from the smokies as well as a time lapse movie. We felt so grateful to be there and see these beautiful creatures this was at the end of our vacation. The last day we left my camera at the home and did some sightseeing a long the Blue Ridge Parkway and Soco falls where Veerle made her last time lapse of the two week adventure in the Smoky Mountains. Nature is so powerful to be able to capture a little fraction of it make me feel so strong yet so vulnerable… Here are some pictures we took with the Iphone. Equipment we have used is the Sony PMW-F3 uncompressed S-log, Canon T3, Canon 40D, Nikon lenses, Kessler motorized Cine Slider etc….

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      • A Pretty Good Time


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        A trip to Look Rock narrated by everyone.

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        • Smoky Mountain National Park Spread


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          • Biking The Blue Ridge


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            A 10 day trip through Skyline Drive and The Blue Ridge Parkway, from Front Royal, VA to Smoky Mountain National Park in Tennessee. Also serves as the music video to Ratt Toast's 2008 single: "Dance Phone". Other music by Bibio - Lover's Carvings.

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            • Fontana: Great Smoky Mountain National Park


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              See the rest of the series at https://neonat.squarespace.com/a-natural-sense-of-place/ The fourth in a series of clips from a year long documentation project of the Smoky Mountain National Park. These were taken on one of our biannual trips into the park via kayak/Fontana lake. The freshwater jellyfish were out (1:59) and so were the fall colors. Enjoy. Music: Summerfugl by Jan Grünfeld (http://www.myspace.com/jangruenfeld)

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              • Cataloochee (GSMNP)


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                We spent a few days camping over in the Cataloochee valley. Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Music is from the album sotto faLso Nome buy it here: http://www.amazon.com/Sotto-Falso-Nome-Ludovico-Einaudi/dp/B0001NPTTI/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1310496022&sr=8-2 Cataloochee has an intriguing history. Here is a brief recount from Wiki: Cataloochee consists of three narrow valleys running parallel to one another, and "walled in" by the high ridges of the Balsam Mountains. To the northwest is Sterling Ridge and to the southeast is Cataloochee Divide, both of which rise above 5,000 feet for considerable stretches. To the southwest is the 6,155-foot Big Cataloochee Mountain along the Balsam crest, which runs perpendicular to Sterling Ridge and Cataloochee Divide. Two lower ridges, Noland Mountain and Big Fork Ridge, run parallel between Sterling and the Divide, and split Cataloochee into the three valleys. The northernmost of Cataloochee's three valleys is Little Cataloochee, which is situated along a stream of the same name between Sterling Ridge and Noland Mountain. Across Noland Mountain to the south is Big Cataloochee, the middle of the three valleys, which consists of fertile bottomland along Cataloochee Creek. The southernmost of the three valleys is Caldwell Fork, which is situated between Fork Ridge and the Cataloochee Divide. All three valleys lay along streams that are part of the Pigeon River watershed. History Historical marker recalling the Cataloochee Trail at the intersection of Jonathan Creek Rd. and Cove Creek Rd. near Maggie Valley The name "Cataloochee" is derived from the Cherokee term Gadalutsi, which means "fringe standing erect." The name probably referred to the tall rows of trees along the ridges surrounding the valley.[1] The Cherokee used the valley primarily as a hunting ground. Early settlers recalled at least one Cherokee hunting camp in the vicinity of Little Cataloochee Creek.[2] The Cataloochee Trail, which stretched from the Cove Creek area to what is now Cosby, Tennessee, connected the Cherokee Middlesettlements with the Overhill towns. The modern Cove Creek Road closely parallels this trail.[3] By the time the first European explorers and traders arrived, the trail had been worn a foot deep in some places. Bishop Francis Asbury used it to cross the mountains into Tennessee in 1810. The Cherokee gave up their claims to Cataloochee when they signed the Treaty of Holston in 1791. Nevertheless, they continued to hunt and fish in the valley throughout the 19th century. Hattie Caldwell Davis, a descendant of Cataloochee's first Euro-American settlers, recalled that her ancestors spoke "fluent Cherokee," and were always on friendly terms with the natives. Davis' great-grandfather, Levi, is believed to have provided aide to Cherokees hiding in the forest during the Trail of Tears period.[4] Early settlement Cook Cabin in Little Cataloochee Since the early 19th century, Euro-Americans were using the grassy balds along the ridges surrounding Cataloochee to free range livestock. Crude temporary herding camps were in place by 1814, when Henry Colwell made the first land purchase.[5] In 1834, Henry's son, James Colwell (1797–1867) moved the family to Cataloochee. The spelling of "Colwell" was eventually changed to "Caldwell." The Caldwells were accompanied by the family of Young Bennett. Both families settled near the heart of Big Cataloochee, where their descendants would remain until the government forced them out in the 1930s. George Palmer arrived in Cataloochee in 1838 and settled at the eastern end of Big Cataloochee. Family tradition recalls that Palmer had lost a fortune drinking and gambling in Waynesville and decided to move to Cataloochee to make a fresh start.[6] Like the Caldwells, the Palmers would remain in the valley until the arrival of the national park. A notable late arrival in Big Cataloochee was Jonathan Woody (1812–1894), who arrived shortly after the Civil War. Caldwell Fork was probably named after John Caldwell, a grandson of the original settlers. John settled near the modern junction of the Caldwell Fork Trail and Big Fork Ridge Trail (the original road from Waynesville to Cataloochee passed through here), and a small community grew up around him. Prominent early settlers along Caldwell Fork include Sol Sutton, Elijah Messer (1844–1936), and Jesse McGee.[7] In 1854, Jack Vess, a son-in-law of George Palmer, and Daniel Cook (1831–1908) became the first permanent settlers in Little Cataloochee, which is opposite Noland Mountain to the north of the main settlement. Cook's daughter Rachel married Will Messer (1870–1946), a son of Elijah. Will Messer would eventually become Cataloochee's wealthiest man.[8] Other notable early settlers in Little Cataloochee included William Noland and his son-in-law, Evan Hannah (1802–1878). [edit] Pioneer life in Cataloochee Hannah Cabin in Little Cataloochee, built in the mid-1800s Along with the fertile bottomland in Cataloochee, the free ranging of livestock was the primary incentive that drew early settlers to the valley. The grassy balds were perfect summertime pastures for sheep and cattle, and hogs could roam and forage in the dense forests. Every year, Cataloochee's residents would drive their livestock and turkeys to markets in Waynesville or Charleston, South Carolina.[9] As game was plentiful in the valley, hunting and trapping provided supplemental income to Cataloochee's early residents. Furs were traded for powder, lead, salt, coffee, cloth, and indigo.[10] A hunting camp was established where the Cataloochee Ranger Station now stands. In the late 19th century, George Palmer managed to get the state to place a bounty on wolves, which were consistently killing livestock in the valley.[11] Life on the Appalachian frontier was dangerous in a number of ways. While the early residents of Cataloochee were on friendly terms with the Cherokee, renegade Cherokee bands occasionally stole livestock.[2] Wild animals such as bears and panthers often stalked the pioneers. Hattie Caldwell Davis wrote of an incident in the 1830s involving her great-grandmother, Mary Ann Caldwell, and Allie Bennett, both home alone one night cooking dinner while panthers roamed the valley: ...the panthers smelled the fresh pork cooking and they were hungry. They jumped on top of the log cabins scratching and tearing at the shingles. They were scratching and tearing at the chimney trying to tear away enough rocks to get down into the house. Each woman stayed in her own house and kept a big roaring fire in the fireplace to keep the panthers out.[12] By 1860, Cataloochee had a population of 160 and had been recognized as a township by the state of North Carolina. The Cataloochee Turnpike was completed in the early 1860s, following closely the old Cherokee trail. It was the first wagon road in the Smokies.[13] [edit] The Civil War The grave of Confederate veteran Dan Cook in Little Cataloochee Unlike much of Southern Appalachia, Cataloochee was largely pro-Confederacy during the American Civil War. The sons of many prominent early settlers fought in the Confederate army, some of them losing their lives. The valley as a whole suffered extraordinary hardship as most able-bodied men left for the war effort, leaving many of the valley's fertile fields to grow fallow. Cataloochee was looted by raiders from both Union and Confederate forces, the former seeking Confederate sympathizers and the latter seeking draft dodgers.[14] Among the worst of the Union raiders was a band led by Colonel George W. Kirk (1837–1905), who terrorized numerous pro-Confederate settlements in Western North Carolina. One notable incident involved a makeshift hospital the residents of Cataloochee had set up for veterans returning from the war. While on an excursion in the valley, Kirk's Raiders found this hospital and killed or wounded 15 patients recovering within.[15] Cataloochee's remote location made it an attractive hideout for deserters and Union sympathizers, and Confederate raiders regularly made excursions into the valley to root them out. One legendary incident occurred following a raid by Confederate Captain Albert Teague in which Teague captured Union sympathizers George and Henry Grooms and Mitchell Caldwell. Teague marched the three to a remote point along Sterling Ridge, and ordered Henry Grooms to play a tune on his fiddle. Grooms chose "Bonaparte's Retreat." After he finished, the three were executed.[16] The end of the Civil War brought some relief, although many of the returning men were too weak to plant the year's crops. The Confederate currency that the remaining residents had saved was now worthless. The arrival of the railroads gave the economy a small boost, and helped Western North Carolina recover from the war. When the first railroads were constructed in Western North Carolina in the 1870s, many of Cataloochee's residents had never seen a train. They sent Hiram Caldwell and Steve Woody out to Old Fort to observe the new trains and report back. Many refused to believe it when Caldwell and Woody told them they were unable to outrun the train on horseback.[17] [edit] 1900s The Beech Grove School, built in 1907 By 1900, the population of Cataloochee had grown to 764. The Cataloochee School was too small to handle the growing population, and in 1906 the township sent a delegation consisting of Hiram and George Caldwell and Steve Woody to Waynesville to demand a newer, larger school. Officials in Waynesville rejected them, however, claiming they didn't pay enough taxes. On the way home, the three drank a bottle of whiskey, and decided to burn down the schoolhouse. After removing the furniture, they set the building ablaze, and moved classes to the old Caldwell cabin. They then re-petitioned the government in Waynesville, claiming their school had burned down, and asked for a new one. Due to North Carolina's mandatory attendance laws, the government had no choice but to comply.[18] Known as the Beech Grove School, the structure still stands today along Palmer Creek. Apples were Cataloochee's main cash crop in the early 20th century, as the valley's relatively cool climate was perfect for apple trees.[19] The foundation of a large communal applehouse built by Will Messer around 1910 can still be seen today near the Cook Cabin in Little Cataloochee. Messer's own applehouse is now on display at the Mountain Farm Museum in Oconaluftee. By 1920, Cataloochee had two post office locations— one in Little Cataloochee known as Ola, after one of Will Messer's daughters, and another in Big Cataloochee known as Nellie, after one of George Palmer's daughters.[20] These two locations still occasionally appear on topographical maps of the area.[21] In Caldwell Fork, George Lafayette Palmer's reclusive son, "Boogerman" Robert Palmer, had settled in the heavy forest north of Elijah Messer's farm. Legend has it that on Palmer's first day of school, the teacher asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up. Palmer replied "the Boogerman." Palmer was protective of his forest. He rejected all buy-out offers from lumber companies, and even barred his neighbors from cutting wood on his property. As a result, some of the tallest trees in the valley are found along the Boogerman Trail, which follows the old road connecting Big Cataloochee with the Caldwell Fork settlements.[22] In the early 20th century, moonshining was rampant throughout Southern Appalachia, and Cataloochee was no exception. Some experts estimate that 95% of households in Cataloochee made their own whiskey, although most of this was for personal use.[23] Early settlers used whiskey as a remedy for various ailments and to help them work long hours during the summer. During Prohibition, some of Cataloochee's poorer residents and small farmers supplemented their income by selling moonshine, which was in high demand. The liquor was sold at Waynesville, and from there shipped as far away as New York City and Washington, D.C.[24] Cataloochee was largely spared the logging boom that deforested much of Southern Appalachia in the early 20th century, although Suncrest Lumber and Parsons Pulp and Lumber had purchased most of the surrounding ridgeline with intent to cut it.[25] Many residents of Cataloochee found employment at logging camps at Hartford, Crestmont, and Big Creek, all located along the Pigeon River to the north, and Walnut Bottom, located on the other side of Sterling Ridge.[26] The arrival of the national park movement in the 1920s put an end to large-scale logging operations in the northeastern Smokies before they reached the Cataloochee lowlands.

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                • Look Rock (GSMNP)


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                  A stunning sunset a few miles below Abrams Creek capped off a trip to Look Rock. Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

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                  • Smoky Mountain Hike and Canon T2i ML test


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                    Hey guys! This is my first ever attempt shooting with the Canon T2i, which I got for a steal because of the new T3i coming out. This is also my first time editing with Final Cut Pro EVER. So I am learning a lot all at once here. Think of this video as a test. Any advice is welcome! Please be understand to the face that I am new to all of this. Just a few shots from the hike my wife and I took at Smoky Mountain National Park with a Canon T2i (Magic Lantern) FCP, Magic Bullet Looks, and no tripod(ordered though). I basically tried out all of the things that I had been researching; such as encoding in MP4 h.264 for Vimeo, using color correction/enhancement, slowing down 60FPS footage, etc.

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                    • National Park (My Family 1 of 6)


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                      John Brass: Loves the outdoors, very fast. Music: "Mallard Island Hymn" Written and Performed by Peter Ostroushko

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