We walk alone in fields, pass through doorways, stand in crowded elevators and wait in lines. Point being – we’re all familiar with our own presence and girth, in a variety of different settings, and generally don’t give it a second thought. However, to stay safe when hiking, some situations mandate a heightened sense of awareness.
In order to get the shot I want when photographing waterfalls, for instance, I sometimes access areas which are inherently dangerous – such as narrow, elevated ledges. Of course, I don’t do so haphazardly – I first closely observe the environment, width, footing, stable handholds within reach, etc.. Perhaps most important, though, is that I remind myself I’m wearing a backpack!
Few scenarios are more startling than attempting to turn around on a ledge, only to have the added bulk of ones backpack bump into a rock face or trees – creating an unbalanced sensation of being pushed forward. It’s difficult to regain ones composure in close spaces when balance is compromised – understand the space you occupy.
Shape of The Sun
Turquoise And Gold
This ornate, patterned digital mandala imagery with texture, in hues of orange and brown, is available in my shop on some really cool stuff. Product categories: wall art, furniture, home decor, bed & bath, tabletop, office, tech, apparel & bags, and outdoor & lifestyle.
Check it out…
Visit my shop at Society 6 to discover some really cool merchandise featuring this muted orange, symmetrical mandala graphic design. With a wide range of products available – and often on sale! – you’ll find many great gift-giving ideas: here are a few…
This decorative yoga mat is lightweight (approx. 3 lbs.), printed in vibrant colors on the front (back print optional), measures 72″ length by 24″ width by 1/4″ thickness, and is ECO friendly (composed of cellular vinyl, free from harmful BPAs, phthalates, and latex). A second, patterned version yoga mat is also available –
Enjoy the balance and harmony of this mandala in a framed print for your home. Select an appropriate size, frame, mat, paper and finish to make it your own! Many other print types are available, also, as well as different products – home decor, lifestyle, beach, greeting cards, stationary, phone cases, apparel and coffee mugs.
Everyone has experienced turbulent situations where it isn’t necessarily easy to maintain composure, to remain calm. That’s not the case here, though: these stacked stones retain balance, despite chaos all around.
Photographs taken at Twin Falls in Rock Island State Park, Tennessee.
Located along the Little Soak Creek in Rhea County west of Spring City, Tennessee, Stinging Fork Falls is a picturesque 30′ waterfall in a gorge with a deep, refreshing plunge pool.
The trail to the base of the falls connects with the Cumberland Trail, including a few areas with stairs. Following rain on the day before, I would rate the hike as moderately difficult, given that most surfaces were damp and very slippery. Proper footwear is strongly recommended!
This was my second hike of the day, following a stop at Ozone Falls – more on that another time.
Along the trail, I had the distinct pleasure of sharing the hike with a Jersey Girl who wore a fern in her hair – nice to meet you, Sue 🙂
Here are some scenes I photographed at Stinging Fork Falls:
Home Decor Prints
These photographs of Stinging Fork Falls are available in my gallery at Pixels on a variety of fine prints. Perfect for the home, office, a lobby or cafeteria, select from framed, canvas, metal, art, wood or acrylic print types.
Enjoy the great outdoors!
Strike your sun salutation in style. This yoga mat is lightweight (3.6 lbs.), yet durable. Just toss it over your shoulder with the handy carrying strap and you’re on your way. It measures 24″ wide by 70″ long by 1/4″ thick and includes 1.5″ woven polyester carrying strap. Latex-free and free of heavy metals.