"Under the Elkmont Canopy" Photo Prints

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The Synchronous Firefly: Great Smoky Mountains National Park Photography

Synchronous Firefly: Great Smoky National ParkIt was Sunday morning, and I hadn't planned on going to Great Smoky Mountain National Park to see the synchronous fireflies.

3 hours later, I was driving to Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Every year, usually in the beginning of June, fireflies concentrated near Elkmont Campground have their mating season. As part of their mating display, the males and females flash in synchrony to attract and identify each other.

So what does it look like? Before that Sunday afternoon, I had no idea.

After spending two days under the white basswood trees of the parks, I was in love.

Picture sitting in the middle of the forest, and every tree and shrub has Christmas lights strung across them. The excited din of the few hundred people lucky enough to win the lottery turns into quiet awe. All that's left is the twinkling fireflies flashing in unison. The gentle babble of rushing water. And the peaceful chirping of thousands of other woodland insects.

Like most of my photography visits to these ephemeral events, I try to experience them with my full body first. Looking with my eyes instead of the viewfinder. Being present with how the earth feels on my feet. Hearing the rustling and chirping and silence of the forest. Smelling and tasting the fresh air.

My mission for taking pictures of the Great Smoky Mountains was to find a nice composition, and just try to keep the shutter firing. There are many ruins and follies in the Elkmont area, and none prettier than this old bridge crossing a stream. Situated under the trees in the heart of the firefly habitat, it was perfect. The synchronous fireflies floated and flashed in a full 360 degrees around us, mostly unobstructed by undergrowth.

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How to hang and frame Jeff Pfaller Photography

Custom Framing Options

If you'd like to frame your print with an option not listed above, follow these steps:

Step 1: Buy your print or contact me for options and pricing
Step 2: I will confirm your choices by email
Step 3: Pay for your frame

That's it!

What framing options do you have?
I can do a wide variety of mats, framing materials, colors, and finishes. Just ask!

Can I return a framed print?
I will be able to refund you the cost of the print, but the cost for custom framing is not refundable.

What about metal, canvas, acrylic, and wood prints?
All these prints come ready to hang with hardware included.



  • Use cardboard (try the box it comes in!) or newspaper to make a template to position the print
  • Use included hardware or self-threading screws / anchors
  • Get help with larger prints


  • Eyeball placement without measuring
  • Use nails
  • Hang larger prints by yourself
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