City Lake Reflections

Prints are available for your home or workplace! With the exception of two turtles resting on a deadhead log, this fisherman has the lake to himself. This is City Lake, located in Cookeville, Tennessee.

Poem

A Distant Time

Before I go
I’ll skip a stone
Rings counted in the wake

Look back and smile
Before I go
Reflections on the lake

The time has come
Beyond the fields
My journey starts today

No wish to wait
The time has come
Forthwith and underway…

A house of clouds
Above the hill
Its door propped open wide

I say my prayers
Then cross my heart
Up stairs, to step inside

© 2021 Phil Perkins


PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

Shredded Stripes

Retro five color graphic design with added noise, a shredded distortion effect and typographic overlay using the text: happiness, sharing, kindness, joy, care, peace, love, relationships, selflessness and commitment.

Available through my shops at Society 6, Redbubble and Pixels.

Many products available, including this floor pillow.

Richland Creek

Prints available. Located in the Laurel-Snow State Natural Area, near Dayton, Tennessee, Richland Creek provides visitors with scenic, peaceful surroundings. Hikers can discover boulders as large as 50-feet, a series of small and large waterfalls, and also historic remnants over 100 years old from the Dayton Coal & Iron Company.

Forest Trail

Hiking Charlies Bunion

I shot this rose-colored black and white photograph along the trail while hiking to Charlies Bunion. Yes, an odd name – in 1929, two mountain guides from Oconaluftee, North Carolina climbed the area to inspect damage after a recent fire. With a sore foot from hiking, Charlie removed his shoe…the rest is history. The lesson: never underestimate the value of quality footwear! Putting aside the imagery that that description may elicit, you may enjoy a print of this rocky trail in your home of office. You can visit my gallery to select from a variety of museum quality prints.

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View At The Jump Off

Smoky Mountains


After hiking along the Appalachian Trail to Charlies Bunion from the Newfound Gap area, located in the Smoky Mountains near Gatlinburg, Tennessee, I took another trail to enjoy the view from The Jump Off. Visit my gallery to select a print for yourself and enjoy this landscape view at home, or at the office.

Abstract Flower

Earth Tones Symmetry


Enjoy golden hues of this balanced, 12-point textural mandala digital artwork. Hang it on a wall. Wear it on your clothes. Give it to a friend. There are many ways to appreciate this image, and each begins with a visit to my shops: Redbubble, Society 6 and Pixels.

Hiking Quote

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.

Henry David Thoreau

Prints available.

Tribal Hieroglyphics

Pattern Design


Available on many products in my shops at Society 6 and Redbubble, this blue and cream colored abstract pattern design would make a unique gift for family members or friends. Thanks for shopping!

Lessons From The Trail

Spatial Awareness

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.