Several miles from camp, I sat in my canoe without a compass as I watched the day fade into evening, uncertain as to which direction to paddle. Then I realized – hey, this is only a digital landscape created using Byrce software…I can take my time! Haha.
You can find this design in my shop at Pixels on wall art, home decor, face masks, apparel, etc.. Hope to see you soon!
Looking down on the surface of a planet deep in outer space, it didn’t take much time for the mission commander to conclude that this terrain would be far too dangerous to attempt a landing…
Actually, this digital artwork features a macro perspective of a fractal design extruded in three dimensional space. It’s available now in my gallery on some cool, out of sight items – check it out!
I considered naming this design, “(it’s not a diamond) In The Rough”, though that title seemed long. Whatever form of gem this may be, it’s certainly lodged in a difficult to access area. Hint: you can acquire it more easily by simply visiting my galleries at Pixels and Zazzle, each of which feature a variety of interesting items…
Plus, Many More Items To See!
In space orbiting above the surface of Mars, astronauts examine a mysterious reflective blue sphere… see more.
With terrain difficult to traverse by either surface-rover or foot, an aerial transport is required to visit this mysterious Land of The Golden Orb. I used Bryce to create this science fiction landscape, as well as Adobe Photoshop for finishing details.
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!
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’.
Welcome to a mysterious land on an alien planet covered with terraced rock ledges and a distant sun. This digital art was created using Adobe Photoshop, Bryce and Affinity Photo software. Guests may discover a variety of items available by visiting my galleries at Fine Art America and Redbubble…
It’s out of sight!
Enjoy this 6 1/2″ by 8 3/4″ spiral note book, featuring a star-filled cosmos glowing in the background of a mysterious, icy planet. This notebook is a great way to show off your personal style and keep track of important notes and appointments all at once. And, it makes a great gift for the young student in your family! Contains 80 black & white lined pages, college ruled.
This macro photography features a textural view of a predominantly quartz, conglomerate rock surface. If you’d like to add a new picture to a wall in your home, or at your place of work, then please stop by my gallery at Fine Art America. Many selections available, such as the framed print: