The slideshow ‘tells the story’ of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and portrays its exceptional natural beauty starting with photographs of its landscape features, mountain vistas, the diversity of colour and form through the seasons in its forests, gushing streams, waterfalls and pastures. Examples of the old log buildings that punctuate the landscape are shown before focusing on some of the typical wildlife, with a series of photos of different species of salamander to illustrate the diversity and importance of this particular ‘indicator’ group. The slideshow continues with further images of prominent wildlife species, including elk, black bear, wild turkey, coyote and representatives of two further important groups – the ferns and invertebrates (in this case represented by a robber fly). It is thought that much of the park’s biodiversity remains to be identified and documented, especially within groups of non-flowering plants (ferns, bryophytes, mosses and liverworts) and invertebrates.
The following Flickr photographers are acknowledged with thanks for their contributions to this slideshow: Brent Moore, NatureLifePhotos, dconvertini, Doug Kerr, Geoff Livingston, Greg Zenitsky, Jim Dollar, John Bule, JR-P, Matthew Paulson, oklanica, Peter Ciro, Seanin Og, Richard, Judy Gallagher, Andy Kraemer, Dani Tinker, Steve Harwood, Thomas, and Tim Lumley.