Climbing Bears

I photographed these climbing bear cubs yesterday morning along the Foothills Parkway in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, near Wears Valley.

The first sound I heard was probably the mother bear, moving through the underbrush near the base of the tree, down the hill approx. 50-feet away. Next, I heard (and soon observed) the three bear cubs climbing the pine tree, shredding bark under paw during their hurried ascent – it was like a sawmill with wood chips flying through the air! I also heard the mother bear snorting a few times, likely communicating with her cubs, or maybe reminding me to keep away from their space.

If you look closely near the top-right of the tree shown in the second picture, you can see a sibling cub perched among the branches.

You can visit my gallery to find prints of Bear 1 or Bear 2.

Nearly Dry Falls

Prints available. Like many waterfalls dependent on lesser streams, Jack Rock Falls is no exception – a reduced volume of water flows during summer months. This recent morning photograph was taken as a few stray beams of sunshine brightened areas of falling water.

Chimney Tops

Located in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, not far from Gatlinburg and/or the Sugarlands Visitor Center, hikers to Chimney Tops are rewarded with magnificent views such as this. If you’d be interested, prints are available in my shop – select from framed, canvas, art, poster, metal, wood, acrylic and tapestry. Thanks!

Chimney Tops

Most commonly known as Chimney Tops, the Cherokee Indians called it Duniskwalguni, meaning ‘forked antlers’. I call it a steep 2-mile hike in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee – with a great view! Located not far from Gatlinburg, it’s a popular trail with limited parking. However, you can enjoy a view from home when you purchase a print from my gallery. Many options are available to select. Thanks!

Upper Jack Rock Falls

Prints available. This photograph features upper Jack Rock Falls at the Obed Wild And Scenic River National Park, located along Clear Creek near Wartburg, Tennessee.

Lower Jack Rock Falls

Mild temperatures remained following a substantial rainfall to the west, so I drove 45 minutes to the Obed Wild And Scenic River National Park and hiked to lower Jack Rock Falls. Due to the rain, everything was very slippery – soil, fallen leaves and rocks – requiring me to move slowly along the trail, and on steep areas of the mountain. Easy does it, they say. Fortunately, I didn’t fall and my photography is available on prints in the following shops:

Rock Climbing

If you hike around various mountains and gorges in the area, you’re bound to encounter evidence of rock climbers – such as here, at Black Mountain in Crab Orchard, Tennessee. Prints available at Pixels and ArtFlakes.

Catawba Falls

Located near Old Fort, North Carolina, only 26 miles east of Asheville, the 100-foot tall Catawba Falls highlights the scenic beauty of the Pisgah National Forest. Following a well maintained trail along a mossy riverbed on the Catawba River, the sounds of rushing water over many small cascades accompany visitors on this slightly uphill, family-friendly 2.5 mile out and back hike.

This is a popular tourist destination with a large parking lot, restrooms and an informational placard at the trailhead. Accordingly, visitors should plan upon an early arrival if wishing to enjoy the peace and quiet of nature, absent crowds – mine was the second car parked onsite, though an estimated 80 vehicles were observed at the time of my departure.

Under a shaded forest canopy, hikers will cross the river on two footbridges and encounter remnants of an early 1900’s hydroelectric dam…

There are also several interesting side trails leading to picturesque spots aside Catawba River…

Prints

If you enjoy the great outdoors – especially waterfalls – then I’m certain that you’d be pleased with a purchase of any of the many print types available in my gallery at Fine Art America.

Framed / Canvas / Art / Poster / Metal / Wood / Acrylic / Tapestry

Lower Catawba Falls

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If you’d like to extend your hiking adventure by undertaking a strenuous and difficult climb, another 1/2 mile trek leads to the beautiful Upper Catawba Falls. Warning: this is potentially a dangerous area if you’re not skilled at climbing rocks and steep mountainsides, and hikers must ascend a 25-foot rock face using a secured rope for assistance. Here are a few photographs along the trail…

Upper Catawba Falls

The sound of falling water continued to intensify, until, finally, I could see Upper Catawba Falls through the trees! Standing approx. 60-feet tall, this isolated, picturesque waterfall features a broad plunge pool with large rocks scattered to the side, useful as seating. With a snack and water, I enjoyed the sights & sounds of this setting, uninterrupted over the course of my 45-minute stay.

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Surface of Earth

Taken from a satellite in space orbiting planet Earth, this black and white image highlights terrain located in the western hemisphere. Oh, wait…haha. This black and white photograph was actually taken while hiking at Black Mountain, on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee, and features evidence of erosion from water along a rock surface of the mountain. You’ll discover prints available in my gallery – suitable for any environment. So, check it out…