Last weekend I was able to get away for a few days to the Tennessee Smokies. I saw several black bears up close and personal, and even stood in the snow (OK, snow flurries) on Clingman's Dome on Saturday! But the weather during the rest of my stay was nothing but gorgeous early autumn warmth and sunshine. It was a day like that that I took this photo of my trusty Indigo Synapse on Middle Prong Creek in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The Synapse was carrying all my photo gear—and I do mean all of it. There was a DSLR, several lenses, lots of pouches with batteries, filters, and accessories; and my little point-and-shoot. The more I carry it, the more I love my Synapse.