This weekend we are in Tennessee visiting family we used to be able to drive up 35 to see. It took us a while to get here but it was definitely worth the wait.

For our first day we headed out to Burgess Falls – a nice little state park featuring a good hike along a river with scenic views of a few falls – one ‘small’, one ‘large’. Easy enough for kids – all three cousins made it the 3/4 mile in on their own two feet – and full of photo-ops for the nature pic buff. Nature is not really my thing – mostly because I just don’t do it often enough.

This time caught me largely unprepared. I packed my Nikon D7000 and Sigma 10-24 3.5-5.6 for this trip. I don’t really have many options in lenses these days and the D7000 is the lighter of my 2 available bodies. For this hike, I borrowed a kit 18-55 3.5-5.6. Not my favorite, but it got the job done. Still, I would love to do it again with a nice 24-70 2.8 and 70-200 2.8.

The roads into the park were populated by farms and ranches – and it seemed like every other property had a great old, red barn just screaming to be photographed. Wish I’d had more time. Still, I’m fairly happy with what the park afforded. Barns for another day…





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