Chimney Tops

Located in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, not far from Gatlinburg and/or the Sugarlands Visitor Center, hikers to Chimney Tops are rewarded with magnificent views such as this. If you’d be interested, prints are available in my shop – select from framed, canvas, art, poster, metal, wood, acrylic and tapestry. Thanks!

Chimney Tops

Most commonly known as Chimney Tops, the Cherokee Indians called it Duniskwalguni, meaning ‘forked antlers’. I call it a steep 2-mile hike in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee – with a great view! Located not far from Gatlinburg, it’s a popular trail with limited parking. However, you can enjoy a view from home when you purchase a print from my gallery. Many options are available to select. Thanks!

Short Road Trip

On a recent road trip to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, I stopped at a pullover along the (old) Foothills Parkway to watch the sunrise. Then, I continued driving to Little River and enjoyed walking in shallow water while taking a few more photographs…


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black and white

mountains sunrise

river cascades

Surreal Mountains

This surreal, mountainous fantasy landscape was created using Bryce software. If you’re interested in giving family or friends a unique gift for any occasion, then visit my shops at Redbubble and Society 6 to discover some one of a kind items available…

Rising Moon

A green moon migrates over mountainous peaks, rising high in the sky to brighten the night. Fortunately, there weren’t any clouds. See more in my shops at Redbubble & Pixels – find many great gift giving ideas!

Mountain Moon Rising

Peaks of Gold

A Macro Fractal


A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…wait, strike that. Just yesterday in a galaxy…no, that won’t do either. In the darkest realm of deep space, beyond our technological capacity to discern, a mysterious world of golden peaks…hmmm, that’s not too bad. How about this – in an online shop not so far away, visitors may discover a world of never before seen gifts and apparel, featuring this one-of-a-kind design of Phil Perkins. Hey, now that sounds good! See more at Redbubble, Society 6 and Pixels.

Spun Gold

This macro digital artwork was created based on a rotating, geometric fractal design, extrapolated into three dimensional space. Many gifts and apparel items are available by visiting my shops at Pixels, ArtFlakes and ArtPal. Thanks for stopping by!

Endless Mountains

Layers of mountains fill this digital landscape as far as the eye can see. You can see some cool items available featuring this scenery, by visiting my shop at Zazzle – it’s located a short distance beyond the last mountain peak, so you better bring your hiking boots!

Chimney Tops In Smoky Mountains

Driving along route US-441 S from Gatlinburg, Tennessee, there are several parking areas which provide scenic views of the pinnacles.

One such location has an information-placard posted, which reads:

The Cherokees called the mountain Duniskwalguni, meaning ‘forked antlers’.

The half-billion-year-old Chimney Tops, made of slates, schists, and phyllites, sit atop even older rock – Thunderhead sandstone, a tough, erosion resistant rock. The chimney rock (Anakeesta Formation) is softer than the sandstone, allowing rain, hail, and ice – over hundreds of millions of years – to fashion its chimney-shaped likeness.

The rugged Chimney Tops pierce the forest that cloaks most of the Great Smoky Mountain ridges. The bare rock offers scant soil for plants. Only shallow-rooted shrubs and trees like rhododendron, mountain laurel, red spruce, and eastern hemlock thrive here.

The Hike

One of the most popular hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Chimney Tops trail gains 1400 feet over 2 miles – a steep climb! So, wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water.

With only one seating area along the trail, I would recommend that hikers carry a walking-stick or trekking-poles, either of which makes resting easier by supporting ones’ weight, when necessary.

The trail crosses rushing streams on three occasions, prior to ascending the side of the mountain. Though principally hard-packed dirt with light gravel, both stone & wooden steps located periodically along the trail serve to facilitate an easier hiking-experience.

On my visit, I arrived early and was the third car parked and the second hiker to reach the top. Pictured below is a wood & dirt structure where visitors may rest and enjoy a wonderful view of the Smokies.

Photographs

The best place to see the Chimney Tops, however, is located to the left, another 50 feet along the trail. Here, looking towards the northwest, the bright morning sun highlighted the front-face of the pinnacles for stunning views! For hikers continuing beyond this point, be careful – a narrow trail, fallen trees, slippery rocks and substantial height along this steep mountain entails cautious deliberation.

Video

At 18-seconds, you’ll see a circular gap within the trees along the ridge (right side); this is the observation area – see black and white photograph, above.

Prints

Several of these photographs are available in my galleries at Pixels and/or Fine Art America, and more will be added in the days ahead – so, stop by for a visit! Enjoy selecting your choice of framed, canvas, art, metal, acrylic and/or wood prints. Tapestries & other items, too.

Perspective

For a better sense of height from the pinnacles, here are two photographs highlighting the scenic view parking areas (see photograph at beginning), the later with zoom magnification:

Metallic Sci Fi World

Yesterday, I traveled back in time to a distant computer – an old PC located across the room – to create this science fiction digital artwork, featuring a metallic planet of mountains and cones, with a mysterious, glowing blue sphere. I used Bryce creative software in the design process, with the finished product now available in the following galleries:

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Snow Covered Mountains Tapestry

 

Keep cool this summer and decorate your walls with this Snow Covered Mountains landscape tapestry. Available in three distinct sizes. Made of 100% lightweight polyester with hand-sewn finished edges. Durable enough for both indoor and outdoor use. Enjoy this arctic environment, today and everyday!