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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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Black And White Forest Trail

This black and white forest trail was photographed on my return hike from Upper Meigs Falls in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Prints available.

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Rocky River Bed

This black and white photograph features a rocky river bed located at the Fall Creek Falls State Park, in Tennessee, as seen last summer. Prints available.

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Reflections On Standing Water

Following a rain, this photograph features reflections across an area of standing water. Taken while hiking at Piney Falls State Natural Area, in Tennessee. See more.

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Glowing Forest Trail

I shot this photograph in 2006 while hiking Sugarloaf Mountain in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, between Marquette and Big Bay. Later, I used various creative software to stylize the image. Today, it’s available in my gallery at Pixels on a variety of different prints.

Hope to see you soon!!!

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House Sized Boulder

This photograph was taken along the Cumberland River in Kentucky, and features a boulder the size of a house! See more.

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The Smoky Mountains

Enjoy this digitally stylized photograph featuring the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, as observed while hiking to the Chimney Tops. See more.

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House Mountain

I recently hiked House Mountain, the tallest point in Knox County, Tennessee, located near Corryton. With an elevation of 2,110 feet above sea level, hikers may ascend 1,000 feet from the surrounding valley on either the blue (Mountain) or white (West Overlook) trail.

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Changing Colors of Autumn

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Barnett Bridge At Obed

Located in the Obed Wild And Scenic River National Park, Tennessee, Barnett Bridge spans the scenic Clear Creek.

Observing a sign while driving along TN-298 S, I followed a narrow road down a long hill with several steep switchback turns. At the base was parking, restrooms and an old stairway leading toward the water. So, I began to hike along a leaf-covered trail parallel to the river.

After approx. 1/2 mile, I came to a clearing with some wonderful views of a rock-strewn waterway, featuring autumn colors reflecting across the river:

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Hiking Mount LeConte In Tennessee

With both Clingmans Dome (6664′) and Mount Guyot (6621′) located on the border between Tennessee & North Carolina, Mount LeConte is the tallest mountain entirely within the state of Tennessee, at an elevation of 6593′.

One of the most popular hikes within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it features five trails to the summit and has the highest guest lodge in the eastern United States. LeConte Lodge operates via a seasonal airlift of supplies by helicopter in March, and with alternating teams of pack llamas several days each week throughout the season.

My hike began at the Alum Cave Trailhead, located in Seiver County near Gatlinburg, approx. 8 miles from the Sugarlands Visitor Center along Newfound Gap Road.

This was my second visit to this trail – see Alum Cave Bluffs In Tennessee.

The Hike

I left my home in Knoxville, TN by 6:00 a.m. and returned at 6:15 p.m.. It was 7:53 a.m. when I started on the Alum Cave Trail, and 4:35 p.m. when I finished. All told, I hiked 12 miles and ascended 2700′ along the way.

Passing through Arch Rock, then beyond Inspiration Point, I reached Alum Cave Bluffs and rested to enjoy a peanut butter & raisin sandwich. This spot offers impressive views – including the Eye of The Needle – and is a popular destination for most hikers.

The slopes became steeper, thereafter, periodically revealing splendid views:

And, where useful, steel cables were affixed to the mountain for hiker safety:

Once on top, I continued beyond the lodge, stopping to see High Top – a cairn rock pile marking the 6593′ peak:

Walking along the trail on an edge of the mountain, I could see my destination in the distance – Myrtle Point, the easternmost peak on Mount LeConte:

The expansive, panoramic views here were truly stunning, and very much worth the additional 3/4 mile hike! Flat rocks offered welcomed seating to enjoy an impressive mountain landscape – including Mount Kephart, Charlies Bunion and Clingmans Dome:

Next, I backtracked along the trail until I reached a junction leading to Cliff Top, another vantage point offering excellent views – including Chimney Tops:

On my way back, I stopped at the lodge to use the outhouse, and discovered a comfortable rocking hair on the porch of a gift-shop building. So comfortable, in fact, that it took me nearly 15 minutes to stand-up again and resume my hike down the mountain!

Along the trail, I pondered how nice it would be to have a zip-line for my descent…haha.

Over the course of the day I met the same people on several different occasions, as various trails crisscross between points of interest and hikers, once reaching the summit, are usually in no hurry to leave. Also, many folks have reservations to stay overnight.

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The following video was filmed at Myrtle Point:

Though strenuous, I can highly recommend this hike! Make sure you’re well-rested, carry sufficient water, monitor weather reports, and consider using “trekking poles” for added stability.

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Many of these photographs can be purchased on prints of all kinds, including: framed, canvas, art, metal, wood, acrylic and tapestries. Other items available, also. See more in my shops at Pixels and/or Fine Art America. Thanks!

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Three Bears At Cades Cove, TN

During a recent visit to Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, I was photographing an old wooden-homestead, when people nearby began to gather along the tree-line.

I walked in that direction to observe three bears (a mother with two cubs) climbing around in a tree. Here are a few pictures taken during their descent:

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Black And White Forest

It was a hazy morning in the Smoky Mountains along a trail to Charlies Bunion when I shot this black and white photograph. Now, it’s in my gallery at Pixels.

Stop by for a visit, sometime!

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Long Trail To Ramsey Cascades

This photograph was taken along the four-mile mountain trail to Ramsey Cascades, located in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. See more in my gallery.

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Photographs Along The Trail

Part Four – Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area

Between various points of interest hiking Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area, there were many unique spots worthy of photographs along the trail. See below:

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Hiking Stinging Fork Falls

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Located along the Little Soak Creek in Rhea County west of Spring City, Tennessee, Stinging Fork Falls is a picturesque 30′ waterfall in a gorge with a deep, refreshing plunge pool.

The trail to the base of the falls connects with the Cumberland Trail, including a few areas with stairs. Following rain on the day before, I would rate the hike as moderately difficult, given that most surfaces were damp and very slippery. Proper footwear is strongly recommended!

This was my second hike of the day, following a stop at Ozone Falls – more on that another time.

Along the trail, I had the distinct pleasure of sharing the hike with a Jersey Girl who wore a fern in her hair – nice to meet you, Sue 🙂

Photography

Here are some scenes I photographed at Stinging Fork Falls:

Home Decor Prints

These photographs of Stinging Fork Falls are available in my gallery at Pixels on a variety of fine prints. Perfect for the home, office, a lobby or cafeteria, select from framed, canvas, metal, art, wood or acrylic print types.

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Enjoy the great outdoors!

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Sunset Over The Cumberlands

Enjoy this photograph of the sun setting over a silhouette of trees and the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee. Guests may select one of many available print-types, or other items featuring this picture, by visiting my gallery at Pixels.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Morning Walk In Smoky Mountains

Sunlight beamed through the forest canopy in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, illuminating the trail along which I enjoyed peace and quiet on a morning walk. You, too, might enjoy this scenery in your home or office – if so, visit my gallery at Pixels. Several print types are available to select, in addition to other items.

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Black And White Fallen Tree

Featured here in black-and-white is a tree which has given way to time, fallen into three section across the ground. I took this photograph along the trail while hiking at Fall Creek Falls State Park, in Tennessee.

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Cane Creek Falls, Tennessee

The following collection of photographs features Cane Creek Falls – a portion of the many shots I took while recently hiking Fall Creek Falls State Park, in Tennessee.

Prints of Cane Creek Falls – and other areas of the park – are available for your review in my gallery at Pixels. Selections include framed, canvas, art, wood, acrylic and metal prints. Other items available, too – stop by to see more!

If you’d like to visit the park, follow these directions:

Cane Creek Falls

Standing 85′ tall, Cane Creek Falls can be seen from the Nature Center (10821 Park Road), located near the entrance of Fall Creek Falls State Park. Guests may enjoy views of this waterfall and the sandstone gorge from either of two observation platforms, one of which provides easy access for handicapped visitors.

Here are some photographs of Cane Creek Falls

Next, to connect with the hiking trail near the Nature Center, it was necessary to walk along a suspension bridge in order to cross Cane Creek:

Supported with two expansive cables, the bridge was relatively unstable and shifted with each step. As such, I was later pleased with how well the next photograph turned out – taken from the center of the bridge:

Across the creek and then up some stairs, a sometimes rocky trail awaited my steps:

Another Point of View

I continued my hike around this first gorge, until I discovered another area from which to view Cane Creek Falls. Approaching this spot wasn’t easy – don’t trip over the edge! – nor was it necessarily prudent to cross the rudimentary fencing for a better photograph. Look closely at the third picture to see a man standing (left side) on the observation deck – across the gorge – located by the Nature Center:

I hope that you enjoyed this post, and please consider purchasing a print if interested. More pictures of my hike at Fall Creek Falls State Park in Tennessee will be forthcoming; until such time, thanks for visiting!