After reading “Just Simple Pleasures for Today“, written by a dear friend & southern poetess, Kym Gordon Moore – wherein she shares her positivity with a morning cup of gratitude – I was inspired to write this short poem in response…
From a fountain that flows Streaming words which are wise Her heartfelt reflections Penned with love, no surprise
Digital painting. Photographic artwork. Beautiful landscape. Smoky Mountains. Morning fog. Scenic overlook. …this image is based on a photograph I took from the Foothills Parkway near Townsend, Tennessee, and can be found on a variety of fine prints, gifts and apparel – here:
Lost Creek Falls are picturesque, and also have an interesting story. Water first flows out of a few small mountainside caves, cascading downhill until dropping 50-feet as a waterfall. Splashing into the plunge pool, below, water then disappears underground into a “sink” (or bowl), that flows approx. 250-feet into a large cave. On days like yesterday, with water plentiful, an overflow of surface-runoff into the cave is present.
In connection with Virgin Falls State Natural Area, these two parks sit atop Tennessee’s largest network of underground caverns, featuring seven miles of mapped passageways. There are only five entrances, of which Lost Creek Cave is one point of entry. The opening is approx. 20-feet high, and, once inside, it quickly becomes pitch black.
GPS coordinates of the parking area are N35 50.442, W85 21.660
I was told there’s a 30-foot tall waterfall somewhere in the caverns
No restrooms, gift shop or food
In 1994, the Walt Disney Corporation, so pleased with the area’s natural beauty, filmed several scenes from “The Jungle Book” at both the falls and cave entrance.
Located slightly uphill along a short trail to the right of Lost Creek Falls, there are a few smaller waterfalls to enjoy, These, however, typically run dry at times of low water during summer months. Here’s a photograph of one…
Another area to enjoy is called Rylander Cascades. It’s less than a 1/2 mile drive from the Lost Creek Falls parking area, and then approx. a 1/2 mile hike from the road into the forest. Here a photograph…
With the water low, I was able to explore Richland Creek more closely. Seen here, morning sunlight has crested gorge walls, casting reflections of gold and green upon largely still, shallow waters. See fine prints and more, here:
Hiking to the base of Great Falls at the Rock Island State Park, located on the Cumberland Plateau in Spencer, Tennessee, it seemed as if I’d entered into a rainforest of moss and water. However, this is a gorge wall along the Caney Fork waterway. Every surface area on site is very slippery, but, with caution, certainly worth the visit!
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I took this black & white photograph downstream from Ozone Falls, located in Crab Orchard, Tennessee, during a period of low water. You can find many fine prints and other items available by visiting the following galleries:
In addition to perkinsdesigns.com, I also own philperkins.photography. As I’m principally working with photographs at present, I thought that it might be a good time for an official domain name change. Thanks for visiting…
This photograph was taken while hiking along the Middle Prong Trail, located in the Tremont section of the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, and features beautiful cascades on Lynn Camp Prong. You can see many fine prints (and more) when you visit the following galleries:
Print types include framed, canvas, wood, acrylic, metal, art, poster and tapestry. Framed prints may be customized to suit your wishes – size, frame, mat color, mat width and paper. I hope to see you soon…thanks!
Completed in 1919 and standing 225-feet tall, this black and white photograph of the historic Cheoah Dam was taken in Robbinsville, North Carolina. You can find many fine prints and more when you visit the following galleries:
Spanning a distance of 11 miles between Tennessee and North Carolina, this section of US-129 features 318 curves and is known as the Tail of the Dragon. It’s been called “America’s most exciting 11 miles“, a potentially dangerous drive requiring attentiveness to safety and a sense of caution.
Unfortunately, many motorcycles and automobiles have crashed along this road, as some have sought to complete the route as fast as possible. And, of course, many of the turns have very limited (or no) visibility. So, please remain in your lane while driving, and enjoy the ride!
The morning sunrise illuminates fog in the valley, warming the Smoky Mountains as photographed from the Foothills Parkway near Wears Valley, Tennessee. You can discover a plethora of fine prints and more available when you visit my galleries at Pixels and ArtPal.
Digital artwork of an infinite field of three dimensional cylinders with a few spheres of glowing orange glass. You can discover a finite amount of really cool items available when you visit any of the following shops –
I shot this photograph of Big Laurel Falls using my zoom lens from the other side of a large cave. Located in the Virgin Falls State Park, near Sparta, Tennessee, the waterfall stands 40-feet tall. You can enjoy fine prints and more when you visit any of the following galleries: