comfortable floor seating

Gold And Turquoise Pattern Floor Pillow

Graphics, Products April 19, 2019

This vibrant double-sided print floor pillow is a versatile seating or lounging option that will update any room. It has a concealed zipper opening for a clean look and easy care, and, of course, it’s very comfortable! The cushion cover is made of durable 100% spun polyester – fills must be purchased separately. Dimensions are 36″ by 36″. Enjoy this fun pattern design!

Slices of Lime Canvas Print

Abstract, Products April 19, 2019

Add some color to that boring wall in your home with this vibrant, premium wrapped canvas print from Zazzle! Made from an additive-free cotton-poly blend, it’s long lasting and fade resistant – a gallery quality print made in Reno, Nevada. Available in several sizes.

Enjoy!

Adventure awaits in Cumberland Mountains

Hiking The Twin Arches At Big South Fork

Nature, Photography April 18, 2019

Part 2

See Part One: Twin Arches At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Time and weather permitting, you’ll have a great time hiking the Twin Arches! Here’s a short video from under the North Arch

I also shot several photographs of this interesting geological destination, which are now available as prints in my gallery at Pixels. Here are a few examples –

Hope to see you soon. In the meantime…

Enjoy the great outdoors!

Twin Arches At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Twin Arches At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Nature, Photography April 17, 2019

Part One

I recently visited the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, which encompasses 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau – in both Kentucky and Tennessee – and boasts miles of scenic gorges and sandstone bluffs.

With many sights to see, I decided to hike the Twin Arches, described as “the most impressive rock arches in the eastern United States”. The North Arch has a clearance of 51 feet, a span of 93 feet and its top deck is 62 feet high, while the South Arch has a clearance of 70 feet, a span of 135 feet and its top deck is 103 feet high.

North Arch
South Arch

Here’s a video taken at the South Arch…

A sign at the park provided this description as to how these arches were formed:

Weaker layers of sandstone form the base of the nearly vertical walls of this narrow ridge. The weathering of these erosion-susceptible layers caused sections of the wall to fall away, forming shallow rock shelters on both sides of the ridge.

The collapse and shelter enlarging process continued until two “windows” in the narrow ridge were formed. This opening enlarged until it reached the stronger and more erosion-resistant sandstone layer of rim rock that caps the Twin Arches.

A cave was situated under one end of the South Arch, so I entered to discover that there was an exit at the back, albeit a narrow passage at approx. 18″ wide. Footprint-impressions in the sand from hikers provided some assurance that the cave was empty – no bats or bears. But, watch your step & don’t bump your head!

Here’s a short video as I entered the cave…

The top of the arches are one contiguous surface area, accessible by stairs, though the South Arch has additional areas visitors may ascend so as to attain the best view:

At the pinnacle, scenic views were truly spectacular on this fine day – unique walls of eroded sandstone, mountains and valleys lined with trees, and an interesting cap-rock area to walkabout. Here are a few examples:

Here’s a video of the surrounding environment –

Partial Map of Park

The only complaint I had while visiting the Twin Arches is Divide Road. As soon as you leave TN-154, you can expect to travel for nearly 5 miles along a gravel road which is narrow with frequent & deep potholes, many hidden by shadows from trees lining the road. So, to be safe, I drove this stretch at less than 10 m.p.h..

Keep in mind, however, that the most impressive sights to see at the Twin Arches are at ground level. So, stay tuned for Part Two

yoga fitness gear

Abstract Black And White Yoga Mat

Abstract, Products April 16, 2019

Stay in shape using this premium yoga mat from Pixels. It measures 24″ by 72″ and is 1/4″ thick, made of natural rubber with a blended microfiber top surface. The underside has textured dimples for better floor grip and, of course, it’s portable to travel along with you for your workouts. Also, see more great product options!

premium yoga mat with interesting black and white pattern design
Science fiction design available on items!

Mystery of Giant Egg At Sea

Science Fiction, Surreal April 15, 2019

Might this be the beginning of another island in a chain of islands? Or, perhaps something more…the hatching of a prehistoric Pterodactyl? Whatever the case, these waters appear dangerous and not suitable for swimming! As such, guests are invited to discover some fun gifts and/or apparel merchandise in my galleries:

Hope to see you soon!

Textured Orange Courier Bag

Abstract, Products April 13, 2019

This fashionable courier bag is made by Rickshaw Bagworks in San Francisco, California, and is available in 4 sizes. It’s both water resistant & extra durable (machine-washable) – a powerhouse of versatility, perfect as a workday commuter, overnight attaché, or travel bag. It features several storage compartments, and the colors (interior binding) can be customized to your liking. Enjoy!

Turn The Corner Framed Print

Nature, Products April 12, 2019

Hiking on Mount Le Conte near Gatlinburg, Tennessee, the trail had many turns and became colder as I ascended above the frost line. This photograph is available on a variety of print types, including this customizable framed print. Check it out!

Enjoy the great outdoors!