Tag: Knoxville

Covered Sidewalk

Covered Sidewalk

Photography, Structures March 3, 2019

Visiting downtown Knoxville, Tennessee, I traversed this covered ‘skywalk’ en route to the Sunsphere, located next door to the Convention Center. I liked the brick wall, metal structure and linear perspective enough to take a photograph, now available in my gallery at Fine Art America. Stop by for a visit, sometime!

Landslide Shadows

Landslide Shadows

Nature, Photography February 26, 2019

Following a recent period of excessive rainfall, I visited a quarry at Fort Dickerson Park in Knoxville, Tennessee, and, while hiking, discovered a landslide along an 80-100′ hillside. With the sun at my back, this photograph captured my shadow – my legs in the foreground, and the rest of my shadow downhill in the background.

I’ve added this image to my gallery at Fine Art America. Stop by for a visit!

Sunsphere In Knoxville, TN

Sunsphere In Knoxville, TN

Photography, Structures February 14, 2019

Yesterday was my first visit to the observation deck at the Sunsphere, located at 810 Clinch Avenue in Knoxville, Tennessee. Built in 1982 for the World’s Fair, the structure stands 266 feet tall, weighs 600 tons and has windows that are layered in 24-karat gold dust. It’s interior circular viewing platform can accommodate a maximum of 86 visitors, with informational displays providing descriptions of the Sunsphere and surrounding area.

Entry is free and an elevator (no stairs) transports people up to floor “L4”. Full panoramic, expansive views of the city and landscape – Tennessee River, Smoky Mountains, Cumberland Mountains – offer guests a pleasant experience. Plan to spend a minimum of five minutes visiting this landmark, though take as long as you’d like to observe the area and/or read associated historical materials.

Regarding photography, though, one can expect to capture structural supports in most pictures, and, due to the gold-colored glass, interior photographs will likely retain a green hue. Also, based on the spheric design, I suspect that keeping the exterior window surfaces washed is very difficult – some were dirty.

Note: if you or someone in your group is a Senior Citizen or simply may need to rest, please be advised that there are no seats (or restrooms) available. So, remember to bring a walker that has a seat, or, alternatively, a collapsible campsite (tripod) chair.

Parking

I parked a few blocks from the Sunsphere at the Locust Street Garage. There’s a convenient ‘skywalk’ near parking, which allows walkers to bypass Henley Street and leads directly to the Convention Center. The cost for parking is $8 for two hours or less. After that, it’s $12.

Fine Art America

One more thing. If you’d be interested in a new print for your home or office, I’ve added the following picture to my gallery at Fine Art America. Stop by to select from a variety of available print types – framed, canvas, art, wood, metal and/or acrylic!

Mountain Landscape

Mountain Landscape

Nature, Photography February 6, 2019

This landscape photograph features a rocky outcropping on House Mountain, located near Knoxville, Tennessee. The mountain stands 1000′ above the surrounding valley. It has two different trails to the top, leading to a 1.5 mile ridge extending from end to end, which offers wonderful panoramic-views. The scene here is located along the White Trail which finishes at the West Overlook.

If you’d be interested in a print, then visit my gallery at Fine Art America. Enjoy!

Boulders Along The Trail

Boulders Along The Trail

Nature, Photography February 2, 2019

During my 1-mile hike along a trail at House Mountain, located in Knoxville, Tennessee, an increased frequency of larger boulders became more commonplace. Looking uphill, I photographed this picturesque setting of several such boulders. If you’d be interested in a print for your home, office, or as a gift for family or friends, then visit my gallery at Fine Art America. Enjoy the great outdoors!

Down The Mountain

Down The Mountain

Nature, Photography February 1, 2019

As part of my House Mountain in Knoxville, TN series…

Part Four: Conclusion

It was a great day hiking House Mountain, and I certainly would recommend this as a day-trip for anyone in the area wishing to enjoy the great outdoors! Bring the proper clothing, water and camera – and prepare to rest along the way to fully enjoy the scenery. And, expect to be sore the next day!

 Following 4 miles of hiking up the Mountain Trail (blue trail) and back-and-forth along the Crest Trail, I began the 1-mile decent down the mountain. Here are some photographs I took along the way…

It’s difficult to see, but if you look closely at Photograph 3 & Photograph 4, you’ll observe that the trail turns abruptly at times, usually associated with steep, rocky terrain. In a few instances, I had to pack my camera in order to free both hands for a safe descent around such turns on the trail. So, be careful!

Visiting House Mountain –

If you’d like to review my collection of House Mountain photographs as prints, then stop by my gallery at Fine Art America to have a look around! Thanks.

I plan to return to the mountain for another hike, probably along a different (red) trail…so, see you then!

East Overlook On Crest Trail

East Overlook On Crest Trail

Nature, Photography January 31, 2019

As part of my House Mountain in Knoxville, TN series…

Part Three: East Overlook

With a storm-front expected to produce 1-2″ of snow the following day, I took advantage of a low-50’s, sunny forecast to enjoy the great outdoors. Hiking to the top of the Mountain Trail (blue trail), the East Overlook is a short 0.7 miles in each direction and provided a scenic setting…

Continuing uphill, interesting rock formations peppered the landscape, reinforcing the decision to bring my camera along for the hike. Here are some more photographs as I approached the East Overlook

I’ve included this short video to provide visitors with a panoramic view from the top of House Mountain:

After relaxing for a while to appreciate the scenery, I headed back toward the Mountain Trail (blue trail), observing various areas of interest along the way – such as:

I’ve uploaded some of these photographs to my gallery at Fine Art America, now available as prints – check it out!