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Nature Photography

Falling Water

I shot this waterfall while exploring off trail on a recent hike in TN.

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Photography Structures

Reflections of Vintage Glass

Many moons ago, I collected old bottles in my youth, foraging local hillsides to unearth vintage treasures. I still have several on hand, a close up example of which is provided in this photograph:

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Green Plant Orange Background

Minimalist graphic design. Green plant. Orange background. Prints available.

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Graphics Structures

Fork In The Road

This abstract black and white, grunge-style structural passageway has a fork in the road. So, whatever you do, don’t miss your turn! And, stop by my shops at Society 6 and Pixels to see some cool products. Hope to see you soon!

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Nature Photography

Morning Fog In The Valley

This photograph of morning fog in the valley was taken at Cades Cove, near Townsend, Tennessee. Prints available.

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Nature Photography

Cascading Waterfall

This is Big Branch Falls, a picturesque cascading waterfall along the trail in the Virgin Falls State Natural Area, near Sparta, Tennessee. See more.

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Nature Photography

Forest Steps

I took this black and white photograph of forest steps while hiking on the trail to Denny Cove Falls, located approx. 30 minutes from Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Abstract Graphics

Abstract Geometric Tile

Using a free photograph from unsplash.com, I transformed this stairway into an abstract geometric tile design. It’s now available in my galleries at Pixels, Zazzle and Redbubble. Samples products –

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Nature Photography

Creek Among Boulders

This picturesque photograph features Big Laurel Creek, a cascading waterway which I enjoyed hiking along en route to Virgin Falls. I’ve added it to my gallery at Pixels, where visitors can find a variety of prints – great for the home, office, lobby or cafeteria setting. Thanks for stopping by!

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Science Fiction Space

Sunrise On Mars

Sipping on a hot cup of fresh coffee in my favorite chair, I watched restfully as an orange-glow cast from the morning sun warmed distant mountain peaks. Or, something like that.

This digital landscape is available in my shops at Pixels and Zazzle, so you won’t need to travel all the way to Mars to enjoy the view!

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Nature Photography

Sheep Cave

Along the trail on my Hike To Virgin Falls, I came upon a few signs leading me to Sheep Cave – a cave in the side of a mountain from which Little Laurel Creek re-emerges, flowing over a series of waterfalls before disappearing into a deep cavern underground.

It’s always interesting to see water flowing from a cave – also observed at Lost Creek State Natural Area, an adjoining park. Here, it moved over two waterfalls, the top of which was accessible via cautious maneuvers along a muddy hillside. See below…

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Nature Photography

Big Laurel Creek

I took this photograph while crossing Big Laurel Creek on my hike to Virgin Falls – located on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee.

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Nature Photography

Big Laurel Falls

Along my Hike To Virgin Falls, I encountered Big Branch Falls, and, in two miles, had the opportunity to enjoy Big Laurel Falls.

At 40-feet tall, the water flows over a rock ledge and then vanishes underground into a large network of caves. The recessed overhang allows for easy access behind the falls, though rocks are damp and quite slippery – hikers should use caution!

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Emory Gap Falls

If you’re interested in taking the family for an easy & fun hike to see a waterfall, then visit the Frozen Head State Park – near Wartburg, Tennessee. The scenic 20-foot tall Emory Gap Falls is only a 3 mile out and back hike, and you’ll also pass Debord Falls along the trail.

See earlier post: Emory Gap Falls At Frozen Head

Like many waterfalls on the Cumberland Plateau, the best time to visit is when there’s water present. This was my second trip to the falls; though autumn foliage was gone, by comparison, recent rainfall bolstered the volume of water flowing.

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Nature Photography

Cascading Creek In Forest

I photographed this lovely cascading creek – Big Laurel Creek – along the trail while hiking to Virgin Falls, located near Sparta, Tennessee. See more.

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Nature Photography

Big Branch Falls

I recently hiked the Virgin Falls State Natural Area, located on the Cumberland Plateau – near Sparta, Tennessee. Along the trail, I stopped to enjoy Big Branch Falls, a 15-foot tall waterfall featuring a series of small terraces; thus, producing a cascading effect.

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Hike To Virgin Falls

Finally, I hiked the trail to Virgin Falls!

Located at the Virgin Falls State Natural Area in White County, Tennessee, Virgin Falls stands an impressive 110-feet tall. Emerging from a cave, water flows over the waterfalls and then disappears underground into another cave at the bottom of the sink.

Situated atop a mammoth cavern system, other areas along the trail – Big Laurel Creek, Big Laurel Falls and Little Laurel Creek at Sheep Cave – also vanish underground. If in the future I ever feel compelled to explore these caverns, there are over seven miles of mapped passages to hike (with flashlights & headlamps). Hmm…

Because there were several areas of interest along my 10 mile hike, this blog post will focus on Virgin Falls, specifically. In the days ahead, I’ll also include links referencing these other areas:

Along the hike, you’ll be tempted to go off trail sightseeing, as I did. Beauty is everywhere and many spots are accessible, but be cautious – danger awaits the unsuspecting in various forms (damp rocks with a thin layer of moss, slick mud under a blanket of dead leaves along a hillside, loose rocks underfoot). I fell once – moss!

The main trail is marked with a white blaze. Just follow the signs –

Cables are provided in four areas to assist hikers along the trail –

Virgin Falls

Despite the ground being saturated from recent rain, and with total cloud-cover overhead, this was nevertheless a wonderful, scenic hike! Due to the volume of water falling, though, there was significant wind & mist generated (listen to the video, below) – thus, making it virtually impossible to photograph directly in the front of the waterfall.

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Stay tuned…more to come!

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Nature Photography

Clear Creek

Located near Wartburg, Tennessee, at Obed Wild And Scenic River, this photograph features Clear Creek, as seen from Lily Bridge. See more.

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Nature Photography

Return To Abrams Falls

I recently had the opportunity to hike a moderately difficult trail of 5 miles out and back, to the picturesque Abrams Falls, a 20-foot tall and voluminous waterfall located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, at Cades Cove, Tennessee.

Cades Cove is a broad, verdant valley surrounded by mountains and is one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smokies.

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See earlier post: Abrams Falls at Cades Cove, TN

An 11-mile drive through Cades Cove is filled with historic sites from pioneers who settled the area, as well as stunning panoramic landscape views. Hikers should turn right at the #10 marker, following a gravel road to the trailhead for Abrams Falls. Despite the sign posted (above), there are restrooms in the parking area.

For the most part, the trail follows Abrams Creek, providing a soothing sound of running water to enjoy during ones hike. There are several changes in elevation along the way, and the trail can be quite rocky in areas – and, sometimes muddy. This is a popular trail which can become crowded, so it’s best to arrive early. And, don’t forget to bring water!

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Nature Photography

Fog In The Valley

Layers of fog settle in the valley across a meadow, as morning sunlight warms upper ridges in the Smoky Mountains. Photographed at Cades Cove, Tennessee. See more.