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Sandstone Rock Formation

Sandstone Rock Formation

Nature, Photography April 5, 2019

This photograph features the sandstone caprock at Chimney Top Mountain, located at Frozen Head State Park in the Cumberland Mountains of Eastern Tennessee. If you’d be interested in a print for your home or workplace, then stop by my gallery at Pixels to review framed, canvas, art, metal, acrylic and wood print types.

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!

West Overlook On Crest Trail

West Overlook On Crest Trail

Nature, Products January 30, 2019

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

Part Two: West Overlook

The Mountain Trail (blue trail) finishes at the 1-mile marker, where the Crest Trail begins. It’s a 1.5 mile trail along the mountain ridge, and I opted first to visit the West Overlook, which measures 0.8 miles in each direction.

Unlike the ascent, which featured some very steep and roughed terrain, the West Overlook trail is a relatively flat, sandy route. Here are a few photographs which I took along the walk…

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House Mountain in Knoxville, TN - Part One

House Mountain in Knoxville, TN – Part One

Nature, Photography January 29, 2019

Part One: The Ascent

House Mountain is located in Corryton, Tennessee, just 10 miles northeast of Knoxville, and, at 2,110 feet above sea level, it’s the highest elevation in Knox County. The actual mountain stands 1,000 feet above the surrounding valley floor, with a few different trails available for hikers to select. I chose the Mountain Trail (blue trail), which is 1 mile long.

 The following photographs are available as prints in my gallery at Fine Art America, and provide a fair representation (in sequence) of the challenging terrain along the trail.

Despite a strenuous climb lasting for approximately 1 hour until I reached the 1-mile marker on the trail, the views along the way were wonderful! Huge boulders were strewn along the mountainside and, looking up, it sometimes appeared to be impossibly steep, where the mountain seemed to be leaning uncomfortably forward – a dizzying view!

The Crest Trail sign shown above reads as follows –

The Crest Trail traverses the top of the mountain and is 1.5-miles long from overlook to overlook, winding along the top of the ridge partly on public and partly on private land. At each end of the Crest Trail you can enjoy a splendid view. The approach to the East End Overlook winds through many large boulders. The East End Overlook provides a view of Clinch Mountain, the parent of House Mountain, and the ridge and valley toward Blaine and Rutledge. The West End Overlook provides a great view of Knoxville, the Great Smoky Mountains, and the Cumberland Mountains out toward Oak Ridge.

I first headed toward the West Overlook, took in the sights and then returned. Next, I hiked to the East Overlook – which, in my opinion and despite the aforementioned accolades, is a much more scenic & preferred location – before descending the Mountain Trail (blue trail) back to the car. Altogether, it was a 5-mile hike at a level of exertion certain to leave me sore by morning!

The hike was a slow process, with matters of proper footing a real concern along the way. Steep drops in close proximity to the trail were a good reminder to always remain cautious. Rocks and roots served as steps in many areas, and wet spots from a few different springs were observed. In a few instances, trails diverted to skirt around large fallen trees, though most of the hiking was ‘obstacle-free’.

In the days ahead, I’ll provide more photographs from this outing – so, stay tuned…

UPDATE: Additional links regarding House Mountain in Knoxville, TN –

Angles Mountain

Angles Mountain

Graphics, Nature January 26, 2019

Enjoy this contemporary landscape design, featuring blue skies over a snow covered mountain with several angular inclusions. I created this collage-artwork this morning, beginning at 5:00 a.m., and I’ve now added it to my galleries at Fine Art America and Redbubble. Do stop by for a visit when you can.

Enjoy!

Exploring Knoxville

Photography, Structures December 24, 2018

Today, I drove to Sharp’s Ridge Memorial Park in north Knoxville, Tennessee, for a mountain top view of the city. Dedicated to the honor of the area’s war veterans, the park contains 111 acres along a 7-mile limestone ridge. The views were nice, except for the several large electrical lines – located directly in front of the observation deck. With ample space to clear another viewing area, I’d suggest that the park do so.

Sunsphere

From the top of the mountain, I could see the Sunsphere in the distance. So, I made a right turn to exit the park and, to my surprise, the road led directly to the structure.

Sunsphere

Built in 1982 for the World’s Fair, the structure stands 266 feet tall and weighs 600 tons. It’s interesting to note that the glass-panel windows are layered in 24-karat gold dust and cut to seven different shapes! It also has a viewing platform inside that can accommodate 86 visitors.

So as to have the sun at my back for better photographs, I drove around the building…

Sunsphere
Sunsphere
Mountain River In Winter

Mountain River In Winter

Nature, Photography January 14, 2018

Enjoy this scenic wintertime photography of the Little Tennessee River in the Great Smoky Mountains, with boulders, whitewater rapids and stretches of thick ice. The river is a treat year-round, with stunning roadside views. If you don’t live nearby, you may still enjoy this landscape picture by visiting my gallery at Fine Art America. Available print types include framed, canvas, art, wood, acrylic and metal. Thanks for stopping by!