Lower Bailey Falls

Located in the Cherokee National Forest of the Smoky Mountains, near Greeneville, Tennessee, Lower Bailey Falls is a 20-foot tall waterfall in a slot canyon, with high rock walls set ten feet apart.

In order to access Lower Bailey Falls, visitors first follow the trail to Margarette Falls. If you’ve never been to the area, I recommend that you make time and do this shorter hike first – the picturesque Margarette Falls stands 60-feet tall, and the uphill hike along Dry Creek provides many beautiful cascades and smaller waterfalls.

The hike to Lower Bailey Falls is a total of 4 miles out and back, very strenuous, with an elevation gain of 971 feet. From the base of Margarette Falls, hikers must first ascend a steep, rugged 100-foot hillside, staying to the left at top to parallel Dry Creek upstream. A short path, of sorts, includes two creek crossings, but soon the creek itself becomes the trail for the remainder of the trek.

Everything is covered in moss and very slippery, which includes all larger stones underwater – it’s always best, when you’re able to see clearly through running water, to step on to sand or a cluster of smaller stones for better footing.

This may seem obvious, but worthy of emphasis: bearing all of ones weight on a single point, if that foot slips into an awkward position between two fixed rocks, serious injury may result…

Further ahead, space aside the creek is soon consumed by rock walls, with no place to walk except in the water, and the creek depth varies. In a few spots, to avoid waist deep (and cold) water, I had to carefully climb along the rock walls before descending back into the creek, again. And, hikers will also encounter a few larger boulders – sloping, some 12-feet long – which are deceptively slick.

Eventually, exercising patience and with safety in mind, you’ll hear the roar of falling water, and Lower Bailey Falls appears in the distance…

Pictured at left (above) is the beginning of a steep, 40-foot uphill scramble – some cliff & some forest – with a subsequent 20-foot descent leading hikers to the top edge of Lower Bailey Falls. After a long, sloping rock pathway, visitors will then see Upper Bailey Falls approx. 100-feet in the distance…more on that another time.


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Digital Desert

Fantasy Landscape

Enjoy this digital artwork featuring a three dimensional fantasy landscape, moon, stars, gradient overlay and faded grid background. You’ll find it on very cool, one of a kind stuff in my shops at Redbubble, Pixels and Society 6. Check it out…

Macro 3D Ridges

This contemporary digital art features a three dimensional perspective from a close-up photograph of a flagstone wall. It’s available on a variety of prints and other items in my shops at Redbubble and Pixels. Thanks for visiting.

Golden Egg

Less like the goose that laid the golden egg, this design reminded me more of the 1986 sci-fi movie, Aliens. Actually, I made this using Bryce software, where the structure (less the egg) was originally a fractal design. It’s complicated to explain the creative process, but easy to enjoy this image on a wall or other items – available in these shops:

Fractal Glacier

Digital Reflections

Watch your step if you choose to traverse across this arctic glacial landscape – the ice is slippery and the crevasses are very deep! This digital artwork represents an intersection of a simple fractal design and my imagination. Oh, and creative software, too. It’s available on many cool items in my shop at Pixels – stop by to see more, before it thaws…

Turquoise Sphere

A mysterious turquoise sphere reflects while situated on a flat area of an otherwise jagged, sci-fi digital landscape, with a frozen tundra backdrop. Who did it get there? Learn more when you visit my shop at Pixels to discover some out of this world items…

Fantasy Mountain

Created Using A Fractal

I used Fractal Explorer, Adobe Photoshop and Bryce creative software to design this abstract terrain. Essentially, a fractal design was created, selected, and then formatted and desaturated in Photoshop. Copied, it was then pasted into Bryce, where elevations were extruded, materials applied, as was a sky, and also both the tree trunk and leaves. Finishing work back in Photoshop completed the design. Now, it’s available in these shops:

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.

Alien World Landscape

If you’re ever hiking in an alien environment, and happen upon a mysterious landscape of many narrow mountain peaks, you better check to be sure you’re carrying a working compass. See more, here –

Running Water On Hillside

This hillside with running water and moss covered rocks was photographed recently on an autumn walk at the Frozen Head State Park, in Tennessee. Many different prints are available, so you can enjoy this natural scenery on a wall in your home. Thanks for stopping by!

Abstract Sci Fi Surface

This abstract digital design features a copper-toned three dimensional surface, perhaps akin to the scaly-skin of an alien? It’s available on a variety of items in my shop at Society 6. Here are a few examples: