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Green Plant Orange Background

Minimalist graphic design. Green plant. Orange background. Prints available.

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Forest Steps

I took this black and white photograph of forest steps while hiking on the trail to Denny Cove Falls, located approx. 30 minutes from Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Emory Gap Falls

If you’re interested in taking the family for an easy & fun hike to see a waterfall, then visit the Frozen Head State Park – near Wartburg, Tennessee. The scenic 20-foot tall Emory Gap Falls is only a 3 mile out and back hike, and you’ll also pass Debord Falls along the trail.

See earlier post: Emory Gap Falls At Frozen Head

Like many waterfalls on the Cumberland Plateau, the best time to visit is when there’s water present. This was my second trip to the falls; though autumn foliage was gone, by comparison, recent rainfall bolstered the volume of water flowing.

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If you’d like to enjoy the great outdoors in your living room or place of employment, you’re invited to visit my shop to select a print of your choosing. Many options available. Thanks!

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Hike To Virgin Falls

Finally, I hiked the trail to Virgin Falls!

Located at the Virgin Falls State Natural Area in White County, Tennessee, Virgin Falls stands an impressive 110-feet tall. Emerging from a cave, water flows over the waterfalls and then disappears underground into another cave at the bottom of the sink.

Situated atop a mammoth cavern system, other areas along the trail – Big Laurel Creek, Big Laurel Falls and Little Laurel Creek at Sheep Cave – also vanish underground. If in the future I ever feel compelled to explore these caverns, there are over seven miles of mapped passages to hike (with flashlights & headlamps). Hmm…

Because there were several areas of interest along my 10 mile hike, this blog post will focus on Virgin Falls, specifically. In the days ahead, I’ll also include links referencing these other areas:

Along the hike, you’ll be tempted to go off trail sightseeing, as I did. Beauty is everywhere and many spots are accessible, but be cautious – danger awaits the unsuspecting in various forms (damp rocks with a thin layer of moss, slick mud under a blanket of dead leaves along a hillside, loose rocks underfoot). I fell once – moss!

The main trail is marked with a white blaze. Just follow the signs –

Cables are provided in four areas to assist hikers along the trail –

Virgin Falls

Despite the ground being saturated from recent rain, and with total cloud-cover overhead, this was nevertheless a wonderful, scenic hike! Due to the volume of water falling, though, there was significant wind & mist generated (listen to the video, below) – thus, making it virtually impossible to photograph directly in the front of the waterfall.

Prints

I’ve added several of these photographs to my gallery at Pixels. If you’d be interested in a print for your home, office, or, as a gift for family members and friends, then stop by to select from a variety of print types – framed, canvas, art, metal, wood and acrylic. Framed prints may also be customized – size, frame, mat, paper and finish. Hope to see you soon!

Stay tuned…more to come!

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Meigs Falls On Little River

I recently had the opportunity to visit Meigs Falls in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, near Townsend. It’s situated along the Little River, and, when the water is high during winter months, is visible only from the road. Here are a few photographs, available as prints in my gallery at Pixels:

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Smoky Mountain Trail

Enjoy this winter view into the forest, as seen at the beginning of a 2.75 mile trail I recently hiked in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Visit my gallery at Pixels to discover fine quality prints available for purchase!

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Steps Into The Forest

This photograph of steps leading along a trail into the forest was shot at Piney Falls. located near Spencer, Tennessee, in the Falls Creek Falls State Park. Prints available.

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Black And White Forest Trail

This black and white forest trail was photographed on my return hike from Upper Meigs Falls in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Prints available.

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Rocky River Bed

This black and white photograph features a rocky river bed located at the Fall Creek Falls State Park, in Tennessee, as seen last summer. Prints available.

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Reflections On Standing Water

Following a rain, this photograph features reflections across an area of standing water. Taken while hiking at Piney Falls State Natural Area, in Tennessee. See more.

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Debord Falls At Frozen Head

[ November 2019 ]

I visited Debord Falls at Frozen Head State Park, located in the Cumberland Mountains near Wartburg, Tennessee. It’s an easy 1/2 mile hike each way to see this 12-foot waterfall, which, depending on the season and recent weather events, can vary greatly as to volume of water. Fun for the entire family, dogs are also allowed but must be leashed.

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Fine prints are available in my gallery at Pixels – great for the home, office, lobby or cafeteria!

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Glowing Forest Trail

I shot this photograph in 2006 while hiking Sugarloaf Mountain in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, between Marquette and Big Bay. Later, I used various creative software to stylize the image. Today, it’s available in my gallery at Pixels on a variety of different prints.

Hope to see you soon!!!

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Red Berries

I shot this macro photograph of red berries along the Eagle Falls Trail, in Kentucky. See more – many different print types are available for your home, office, cafeteria or lobby. Thanks for stopping by!

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The Smoky Mountains

Enjoy this digitally stylized photograph featuring the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, as observed while hiking to the Chimney Tops. See more.

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House Mountain

I recently hiked House Mountain, the tallest point in Knox County, Tennessee, located near Corryton. With an elevation of 2,110 feet above sea level, hikers may ascend 1,000 feet from the surrounding valley on either the blue (Mountain) or white (West Overlook) trail.

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Visit my shop at Pixels for a great selection of home decor prints featuring these scenic photographs!

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Vintage Pine Cone

Enjoy this vintage still life nature photography in autumn of a pine cone balanced on the end of a log. Please visit my gallery at Pixels for more. Thanks!

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Changing Colors of Autumn

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Hiking Mount LeConte In Tennessee

With both Clingmans Dome (6664′) and Mount Guyot (6621′) located on the border between Tennessee & North Carolina, Mount LeConte is the tallest mountain entirely within the state of Tennessee, at an elevation of 6593′.

One of the most popular hikes within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it features five trails to the summit and has the highest guest lodge in the eastern United States. LeConte Lodge operates via a seasonal airlift of supplies by helicopter in March, and with alternating teams of pack llamas several days each week throughout the season.

My hike began at the Alum Cave Trailhead, located in Seiver County near Gatlinburg, approx. 8 miles from the Sugarlands Visitor Center along Newfound Gap Road.

This was my second visit to this trail – see Alum Cave Bluffs In Tennessee.

The Hike

I left my home in Knoxville, TN by 6:00 a.m. and returned at 6:15 p.m.. It was 7:53 a.m. when I started on the Alum Cave Trail, and 4:35 p.m. when I finished. All told, I hiked 12 miles and ascended 2700′ along the way.

Passing through Arch Rock, then beyond Inspiration Point, I reached Alum Cave Bluffs and rested to enjoy a peanut butter & raisin sandwich. This spot offers impressive views – including the Eye of The Needle – and is a popular destination for most hikers.

The slopes became steeper, thereafter, periodically revealing splendid views:

And, where useful, steel cables were affixed to the mountain for hiker safety:

Once on top, I continued beyond the lodge, stopping to see High Top – a cairn rock pile marking the 6593′ peak:

Walking along the trail on an edge of the mountain, I could see my destination in the distance – Myrtle Point, the easternmost peak on Mount LeConte:

The expansive, panoramic views here were truly stunning, and very much worth the additional 3/4 mile hike! Flat rocks offered welcomed seating to enjoy an impressive mountain landscape – including Mount Kephart, Charlies Bunion and Clingmans Dome:

Next, I backtracked along the trail until I reached a junction leading to Cliff Top, another vantage point offering excellent views – including Chimney Tops:

On my way back, I stopped at the lodge to use the outhouse, and discovered a comfortable rocking hair on the porch of a gift-shop building. So comfortable, in fact, that it took me nearly 15 minutes to stand-up again and resume my hike down the mountain!

Along the trail, I pondered how nice it would be to have a zip-line for my descent…haha.

Over the course of the day I met the same people on several different occasions, as various trails crisscross between points of interest and hikers, once reaching the summit, are usually in no hurry to leave. Also, many folks have reservations to stay overnight.

Video

The following video was filmed at Myrtle Point:

Though strenuous, I can highly recommend this hike! Make sure you’re well-rested, carry sufficient water, monitor weather reports, and consider using “trekking poles” for added stability.

Prints

Many of these photographs can be purchased on prints of all kinds, including: framed, canvas, art, metal, wood, acrylic and tapestries. Other items available, also. See more in my shops at Pixels and/or Fine Art America. Thanks!

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Steps Into The Forest

Enjoy the great outdoors!

Visit my galleries at Pixels and/or Fine Art America to see more.

These photographs feature a series of stone steps leading into a forest of the Smoky Mountains, in Tennessee, as observed along the trail to the Chimney Tops:

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Moss Covered Log

Under the canopy along a trail in the Smoky Mountains, it sometimes seems like I’m in a rainforest! Enjoy this landscape photograph on a print in your home!