Well, I finally talked my dear gang of boys into a family session (my baby girl really doesn’t have a choice) using the quickly approaching Mother’s Day as my leverage. So we coordinated our clothes, packed up a picnic dinner and various props and headed up to the Cataloochee Valley in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Sounds lovely, right? Well it’s indeed gorgeous, brimming with meadows of golden grasses and wildflowers, meandering elk, a babbling stream and a backdrop of mountains.
Our boys had a blast running through the wild flowers, exploring nature and building things out of sticks, our picnic was delicious and I was able to grab a few candid moments and a decent family portrait. However, my high hopes for photos of the kids and our vintage Radio Flyer in that rich-and-glorious-just-before-sunset-golden-light was put aside when masses of elk began to come out from hiding in the woods to cross the meadows for their evening rituals. So just as soon as I had situated my little ones in the beloved red wagon we see an eager elk heading straight for us, (notice my boys’ keen attention in the last image), as they apparently have a tendency to beg for food in this park. Great. So I quickly gathered my children, headed back to the car and kissed my golden light bye-bye. Oh well, there will be more sunsets. xo
Life happens. Things change. Preserve your memories.