Weekly Photo Challenge: Muse

Oh, what joy this window could bring!

A window with a view — Cades Cove, Tennessee

Cades Cove, Tennessee, is glorious.  With 6800 acres of quiet, rolling, tucked-away land in the Great Smoky Mountains, the cove holds the widest variety of historic buildings of any national park, but it’s the rough-hewn, still-standing cabins that we love most.

If you’re lucky enough to get up early on a Saturday morning and bike along the no-cars-allowed-before-10:00 Loop Road, you can meld into the landscape and pretend you were a settler in one of the pioneer log cabins.  It’s there that you can find your muse as we have — reflecting on how life was in the early 1800s and resolving to carve out more quiet times in unspoiled places whenever you can.

Nature photographer Bill Lea said it simply after his visit to Cades Cove, and we agree:  It’s where my heart is.

For more musings in the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Muse, click here.


About Oh, the Places We See

Met at University of Tennessee, been married for 47 years, and still passionate about travel whether we're volunteering with Habitat Global Village, combining work at Discovery with pleasure, or just seeing the world. Hope you'll join us as we try to see it all while we can!
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17 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Muse

  1. nuurdesigns says:

    It is lovely. What a give. Please do post view like this more.

  2. Jodi says:

    beautiful photos! charming place!

  3. cynthiamvoss says:

    I’ve been there a few times and loved every visit. It is easy to imagine living there as you walk around because the cabins are so beautifully preserved in the landscape. Lovely shots!

  4. Beautiful. It just needs a horse and buggy tied to the fence to complete the feeling. 🙂

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  6. Sue says:

    I can see why this place inspires you!

  7. Dawn says:

    The family went to Cade’s Cove when I was a kid. I had my first ‘real’ camera. I loved being there. I have often thought about that place. Nice to know it’s still there. I’d definitely like to be there prior to the cars. Thanks for bringing back sweet memories.

  8. There is something very appealing about weathered old wooden buildings.

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