Thursday, October 30, 2014

Awe Inspiring Chimney Tops

Take a moment and travel with me to beautiful, awe inspiring, Chimney Tops.
Dominating the Sugarland Mountains in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Chimney Tops is two peaks that seem almost as one.
Bright sunlight brings out Autumn's splendor of reds, oranges and yellows giving renewed life to the mountaintop.

With each twist and turn around the many sharp hair pin turns, you climb up the mountain toward Newfound Gap.
Yet in nearly every turn, Chimney Tops stands unwavering. You feel small in its shadow.

Evening light slowly moves over the mountainside highlighting the ridgelines and bathing the setting in golden hues.

As the sun moves lower in the Autumn sky, the golden light catches tree tops, popping the reds and oranges and yellows,
much like lollipops in a flourescent wonderland. It's all about the color now.

Let us linger here in this moment.

There is a splendor about which this beautiful mountain is unparalleled. It is as though it was laid here simply for my eyes to rest upon.

On this gorgeous afternoon, Chimney Tops surely is one of God's magnificent creations.
Thank you for coming along with me on this wonderful drive in the Great Smoky Mountains. ENJOY!

As a matter of fact, Chimney Tops is a double capstone knob and one of the few bare rock summits in the Smokies standing at 4,724 feet.
Its Cherokee Indian name, Duniskwalgunyi, or forked antler refers to its resemblance to the antlers of a deer.
Villagers from an early settlement in the Sugarland Valley gave Chimney Tops its modern day name.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cascading Water, Little Pigeon River, Part II

As a photographer who enjoys photographing cascading water, traveling to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park where there is nothing but rivers and streams with rushing water, well, it doesn't get any better than that. On Sunday I attempted to photograph water in a much higher light level. The images I captured were not to my liking. It happens. And since I am intent on photographing water, I know I have to take the good with the bad. But does there have to be so much bad? Sorry, I had to ask.

Hence, my next attempt out to photograph water, I opted for a lower level light and a much less complex setting. The result was the image I posted yesterday and the image today. Both were captured on the Little Pigeon River in similar light levels.

As the water hits a boulder and spews out in tiny vertical streams falling down into a milky white pool before being diluted back to the depths of the river, well, that just makes my heart pitter patter. And I thank God you folks are happy to indulge me by allowing me to show you these images. It's the little things in life. Seriously. ENJOY!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Cascading Water, Little Pigeon River

Making my annual Fall pilgrimage to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, I found Fall foliage at near peak levels. No doubt later this week it will reach its peak. The park's lower elevations were absolutely stunning as I drove the routes to both Cade's Cove and Newfound Gap. On my last day I decided to photograph the water rushing down the Little Pigeon River in Greenbrier. Greenbrier is generally a single road, almost two lanes, but not quite, that travels many miles back into the park ending at the trail head to Porter's Creek Trail.
There's one turn off on the main road in Greenbrier which is equally long and dead ends at the trail head to Ramsey Cascades. Ramsey Cascades is a gorgeous waterfall that I have seen photos of, but probably will never hike to. It's a four mile hike with a pretty hefty accent. On this particular day, I decided to take the road less traveled which was the road to Ramsey Cascades. I had never taken this route before, but was so glad I had because the Fall foliage was gorgeous. Not to mention the opportunities to stop and take photos of the cascading falls as the water rushed over the rocks down the Little Pigeon River to a destination unknown. I will be back soon with more images from my journey. Hope you have had a great week so far. ENJOY!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Red Maple Leaf

The reds and yellows and oranges of Autumn. What beauty.
I had a chance to capture some images at Bernheim earlier in the week. ENJOY!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Barn, Bluegrass Scenic Byway

Fall scenery as I drove the Bluegrass Scenic Byway was so beautiful. There are still a few trees that hadn't turned, but by next week I'm sure they will be in their peak.
This week and next the weak colors will be everywhere.
I passed this tree with beautiful orange red leaves and finally decided to stop as I drove back and capture a couple of images. Right outside my own back door, the maple trees have turned bright red. They are late turning this year compared to the past few years. I hope you are able to get out and take some in the Fall foliage. ENJOY!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014


A quick note to mention I have just completed a major overhaul of my Pinterest page and if you would like to check it out here's where you can find it.

My images date all the way back to 2006 and especially from 2008 when this blog began. So if you are new to my blog, you might want to take a trip down memory lane. ENJOY!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fall, Bluegrass Scenic Byway

In Kentucky, you will find.
Carpets of bluegrass that cover the landscape.
Horse farms and thoroughbreds. Stables and barns.
Limestone and wooden fences. Stallions and brood mares.
You can come along and take a ride with me.

You thought I was kidding. Oh, and before you go, let me introduce you to a beautiful chestnut filly you see hanging her head over the fence line. Her name is 'Love Me Good' and she was sired at the most famous horse farm known the world over, Three Chimneys Farm, in Lexington, Kentucky. Nowadays she resides at Sheltowee Farm in Midway. Her ancestry includes a Kentucky Derby winner, Northern Dancer. And she loved hamming it up for my camera. ENJOY!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Bernheim's Autumn

Images I have captured thus far of Fall's colorful display.

Beautiful Bernheim in the arboretum area.

Red maple leaves.

More beautiful red leaves. Anyone have an identification on this one, leave me a note.

Fall is the perfect time to take a drive along Bernheim's forest road. Around every bend in the road comes a new surprise. Yellow, orange, red. It's gorgeous. ENJOY!