Tag: Nature

Ijams Nature Center In Knoxville, TN

Nature, Photography June 22, 2019

Yesterday I visited Ijams Nature Center, a 315-acre park along the Tennessee River in Knoxville. Originally a marble and limestone quarry in the early 1900’s, it’s been converted now to serve as an outdoor recreation area with Mead’s Quarry Lake and a network of hiking/biking trails. There’s also a stand for refreshments.

Enjoy your visit!

Interesting Geological Structure

Nature, Photography June 20, 2019

I photographed this interesting geological structure while hiking in Tennessee, at Piney Falls State Natural Area. Located on the ceiling of an overhang from a gorge-wall, these outcroppings represent the end result of erosion, where small amounts of water seeping through sandstone over time have deposited minuscule amounts of mineral – creating these downward structures – before succumbing to gravity; whereby a scattered array of indentations in the hardened ground may be observed.

Or, so it seems. I’m not a geologist, but do sell photographic prints at Pixels.

Drop by for a visit, sometime!

Piney Falls State Natural Area

Nature, Photography June 15, 2019

I recently enjoyed hiking the 440-acre Piney Falls State Natural Area, located in Rhea County where Little Piney and Soak Creek have carved deep gorges into the Cumberland Plateau. It’s recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Interior as a National Natural Landmark, one of fourteen in Tennessee, featuring rare virgin forests.

If you’d be interested in visiting the park, here’s a map:

Note: there are no restrooms or gift shop, and limited signage.

Waterfalls

There are two waterfalls at the park, Upper and Lower Piney Falls.

Upper Piney Falls is 80′ high, the top of which is easily accessible by trail. It features a concave ledge which circles behind and around the falls where visitors can enjoy an awe-inspiring view of the gorge below. Getting to the plunge pool, however, is more difficult; in addition to traversing a narrow trail along the upper rim of the gorge, hikers must then descend a steep, rocky surface, safeguarded to some degree via provision of connected cable for support. Exercise caution!

Here are some photographs of Upper Piney Falls

Here’s a short video of Upper Piney Falls

Following the trail down to Lower Piney Falls, which stands 40′ high, hikers arrive at the top of the falls for a picturesque view into a taller, narrow gorge. Unfortunately, there are no trails to access the plunge pool nor lower slopes below, which feature an old growth forest of tall white pines and eastern hemlocks.

Prints

If you’d like a print for your home or office, then please visit my gallery at Pixels. There you’ll discover a variety of options – framed, canvas, art, metal, wood, acrylic – in addition to general merchandise items.

Thanks for stopping by!

Abstract Macro Turquoise Spikes

Abstract, Nature June 12, 2019

Enjoy this abstract digital artwork featuring a macro perspective with a turquoise color scheme and textural elements. What is it? That’s a good question – perhaps, a new species of fish discovered at the bottom of the ocean? Or, an alien seed pod detected on one of Jupiter’s moons? Another possibility is a three dimension object created using Wings 3D software, with additional design adjustments made through Bryce, Affinity Photo & Adobe Photoshop. Hint: the 3rd option is correct.

Be that as it may, it’s now available on a variety of cool merchandise items through my gallery at Redbubble. Stop by for a visit, sometime…

Fall Creek Falls

Nature, Photography June 7, 2019

Part Three – Fall Creek Falls

This is my third & final post highlighting Tennessee’s Fall Creek Falls State Park. I’d recommend this park for anyone interested in hiking and/or photography. Consider planning your visit following a period of rain, so that waterfalls will be robust.

Having enjoyed both Cane Creek Falls and Cane Creek Cascades, I was ready to continue my journey. Across Cane Creek, I found the trail rough at times, though could soon hear the sound of falling water emanating from the next gorge ahead.

At an impressive 256-feet, Fall Creek Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in the eastern United States. Here are photographs as I approached the falls & gorge:

Here’s a view of Fall Creek Falls, as seen from the designated observation platform:

It’s difficult to convey the true sense of enormity of this gorge and waterfall, so I’ve included the following photographs of people at the base of the falls. The red arrow shows a woman with a backpack, then a closer view moments later via zoom lens:

Before beginning my descent into the gorge, I took a few more photographs from the observation platform:

The walk down to the base of the falls was the most difficult stretch of trail I’d encountered at this park, with plenty of opportunities to trip or twist an ankle. Be careful! Here are a few examples, and also a couple waterfall photographs:

Conclusion

I’ll no doubt be adding more random photographs from my hike at Fall Creek Falls State Park to my gallery at Pixels, over time. In the meantime, stop by for a visit to see some great prints suitable for your home or office!

Enjoy the great outdoors!

Cane Creek Cascades

Nature, Photography June 6, 2019

See Part One – “Cane Creek Falls, Tennessee

Though I wish that Cane Creek had had more water during my visit to the Fall Creek Falls State Park, in Tennessee, the shallow waterline allowed me an opportunity to traverse into areas which I would otherwise not have been able to explore. With one last look towards the top edge of Cane Creek Falls, I turned to proceed onward.

Facing upstream, now, I enjoyed views which included stacked layers of sandstone outcroppings and high walls, as well as stepping stones scattered across the creek:

Turning the corner, I could see Cane Creek Cascades in the distance, as well as a person walking along the cable suspension-bridge, crossing the creek:

Here are some more photographs of Cane Creek Cascades

After a pleasant stay, the time had come to continue my adventure hiking Fall Creek Falls State Park. The trail was across the creek, so I walked along the cable suspension-bridge …

If you’d be interested in a print – or other items – featuring my photography from Fall Creek Falls State Park in Tennessee, then please visit my gallery at Pixels. Thanks for stopping by.

Cane Creek Falls, Tennessee

Nature, Photography June 5, 2019

The following collection of photographs features Cane Creek Falls – a portion of the many shots I took while recently hiking Fall Creek Falls State Park, in Tennessee.

Prints of Cane Creek Falls – and other areas of the park – are available for your review in my gallery at Pixels. Selections include framed, canvas, art, wood, acrylic and metal prints. Other items available, too – stop by to see more!

If you’d like to visit the park, follow these directions:

Cane Creek Falls

Standing 85′ tall, Cane Creek Falls can be seen from the Nature Center (10821 Park Road), located near the entrance of Fall Creek Falls State Park. Guests may enjoy views of this waterfall and the sandstone gorge from either of two observation platforms, one of which provides easy access for handicapped visitors.

Here are some photographs of Cane Creek Falls

Next, to connect with the hiking trail near the Nature Center, it was necessary to walk along a suspension bridge in order to cross Cane Creek:

Supported with two expansive cables, the bridge was relatively unstable and shifted with each step. As such, I was later pleased with how well the next photograph turned out – taken from the center of the bridge:

Across the creek and then up some stairs, a sometimes rocky trail awaited my steps:

Another Point of View

I continued my hike around this first gorge, until I discovered another area from which to view Cane Creek Falls. Approaching this spot wasn’t easy – don’t trip over the edge! – nor was it necessarily prudent to cross the rudimentary fencing for a better photograph. Look closely at the third picture to see a man standing (left side) on the observation deck – across the gorge – located by the Nature Center:

I hope that you enjoyed this post, and please consider purchasing a print if interested. More pictures of my hike at Fall Creek Falls State Park in Tennessee will be forthcoming; until such time, thanks for visiting!

Cumberland Falls, Kentucky

Nature, Photography June 4, 2019

The Cumberland Falls of Kentucky splash over a rock ledge towards the river below, crashing into a watery mist. I took this photograph while hiking along the right side of the Cumberland River, near Eagle Falls. If you’d like a print – or other items – then visit my gallery at Pixels. There are many options to review – check it out…