Imagine a place where it rains seven feet a year. Imagine a mountain stream, at one moment gently flowing under a canopy of dogwoods, the next moment a thundering, deafening crash of water over huge boulders, twenty feet below. Imagine the opportunity to choose between hundreds of miles of hiking trails, including 370 miles of the famed Appalachian Trail, all the while brushing by tens of thousands of varieties of plant species, most of which have yet to be identified. And imagine 521,086 acres of mountains, rivers and recreation, all within a half days drive of over half the population of the United States. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is all this and more. .
Clarence Carvell is a master printmaker, teacher and popular lecturer. He has been technical consultant to the Howard Community College photography program and Director of the Maryland Photographic Alliance for 19 years. He studied extensively under Jaromir Stephany and practiced his craft under the tutelage of numerous masters including John Sexton, Bruce Barnbaum and Arnold Newman. His work is included in many private and corporate collection as well as the Special Collection of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, the Zane Grey Museum and several historical society collections in Maryland and Pennsylvania. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is so much like the part of Maine where Clarence grew up, that it has become his favorite place to visit and photograph.