I took this photo to show the fields that have been burned by the National Park Service in an effort to control the growth of grasses and other plants in Cades Cove. They call it a "controlled burn."
By the time we got to the gift shop and the structures around Cable Mill, the weather had improved considerably.
Sarah wanted me to take a picture of her standing next to this cage, which is for catching the wild boar that roam the Smokies. In my many years of visiting these mountains, I have only encountered boar a couple of times. The first time was on Gregory's Bald, and the second time was from the safety of my car up on the Dragon (Highway 129). Boar are ugly and foul-tempered beasts, and should be avoided if one comes upon them in the woods.