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  • Small Waterfall

    Photograph of a small waterfall in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee

    Photograph of a small hillside waterfall, with moss and scattered logs, located the Tremont section of the Smoky Mountains, in Tennessee. See prints available.

  • Bruce Creek Rapids

    This morning photograph features rapids on Bruce Creek, located downstream of Triple Falls, in Caryville, Tennessee. It’s available on prints in my gallery at Pixels, so stop by for a visit when you’re in the neighborhood!

  • Waterfall


    This 30-foot tall waterfall located in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee is Spruce Flats Falls. You can see more when visiting my gallery, where many prints are available. So, check it out…

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  • Triple Falls

    Also known as Little Egypt, Triple Falls in located along Bruce Creek in Caryville, Tennessee. You can find prints available here, and watch a video here.

    Print types include: framed, canvas, art, acrylic, poster, metal, tapestry and wood. Also, framed print purchases may be customized to make it your own!

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  • Bruce Creek

    Bruce Creek

    Situated in Caryville, Tennessee, Bruce Creek was relocated many decades ago to accommodate the I-75 interstate highway system. During that process, a waterfall known as Triple Falls, or Little Egypt, was created.

    Seen here, rushing whitewater rapids appear ready to topple a large boulder. You can also go with the flow to my gallery for a selection of fine prints – great on a wall at home, or in the office!

  • Waterfall With No Name

    Beyond Triple Falls is a bridge and trail leading up the mountain, to an area known as Devil’s Racetrack. However, if instead you elect to follow the river for approx. 1/2 mile, you’ll come upon this scenic, unnamed waterfall standing approx. 30-feet tall.

    You can find a variety of fine prints with my photography in my gallery at Pixels.

    Thanks for visiting!

  • Forest Falls

    Forest Falls

    Morning sunlight streams over mountain peaks, through trees and on to an edge of this forest waterfall. Located in the Smoky Mountains along an eight mile out and back trail, this autumn scenery is available on prints in my gallery.

  • Black and White Waterfall

    Black and white photograph of Eagle Falls in Kentucky

    More specifically, this is Eagle Falls, a 30-foot tall waterfall located along the Cumberland River in Kentucky, near Corbin. It can also be found quite easily by visiting my galleries at Pixels and/or ArtPal, where you’ll discover an assortment of wonderful prints available to enjoy at home or work.

  • Water and Rocks

    Photograph of Thunderhead Prong in the Smoky Mountains.

    Following a heavy rain overnight, high water along Thunderhead Prong surrounds a tree and cascades over large rocks near the riverbank. Fine prints are available.

  • More Waterfall Shots

    After my hike up the mountain, I shot these photographs of Upper Spruce Flats Falls – before, and as the sunrise created a lens flare effect. Though not visible from 30-feet below at Spruce Flats Falls, an expenditure of substantial effort is required in order to visit this site…climbing quite a distance up the steep mountain, and then down along a different track to eventually reach a viewing area probably not more than 8-feet wide. You can see more in my gallery. Thanks!

  • Spruce Flats Falls

    Before hiking off-trail to locate Upper Spruce Flats Falls, I enjoyed visiting the picturesque 30-foot tall Spruce Flats Falls, capturing this image. You can enjoy this scenery on a wall at home or work, when selecting a print from either of my galleries at Pixels or ArtPal. Many print types are available. Thanks for visiting!

  • Upper Spruce Flats Falls

    It had been quite a while since first I saw another waterfall above Spruce Flats Falls. During autumn of 2021, as leaves fell from the trees, I’d caught a glimpse of whitewater through bare branches as I traversed a mountain trail in the Smoky Mountains.

    Of course, I had to find a way to access these newly discovered falls, but, over time, that proved to be difficult. There was no way to climb up and over the 30-foot tall Spruce Flats Falls, as it ran down a vertical wall of slippery, wet rock. On the right side of the gorge is a tall mountain, with several sections of imposing cliffs and no visually discernible route of ascension.

    I’d tried the left side, before, successfully climbing up some distance, though, without seeing a path forward, turned around. Yesterday, however, I tried again.

    The hillside is very steep and always wet, due to both airborne mist from the falls, and given that its proximity is somewhat shielded from direct sunlight. Under wet leaves, the soil remains damp and slippery. This means that, to advance uphill, there are often instances when footing is reliable for no more than a few seconds.

    As such, it’s important to avoid open areas which lack handholds – rocks, exposed tree roots, trees and bushes (especially Rhododendrons, a hearty shrub).

    After an arduous climb, I reached a relatively flat space and stood to rest for a moment. I also laughed, because, as I caught my breath and thought about how strenuous that climb had been, I saw an old tree with many persons initials carved into the bark. Well, I thought…I’m sure they were younger than 59 years old!

    Thus far, stability and continuity of movement were of primary concern; if I’d lost balance and started to slide down such a steep face, I probably couldn’t have stopped. To such ends, I expended a great deal of physical energy, which, at times, included essentially crawling uphill to increase the breadth of my grip, where little was present.

    With this endeavor, challenges were constant, and the need for caution, continuous. In order to access the base of Upper Spruce Flats Falls, I needed to keep climbing much higher before then descending across the mountainside along a diagonal trajectory – I knew where the falls where, but only generally how to go about getting there.

    Looking forward I could see that I first needed to reach higher ground, some 20-feet above my location. To do so, I’d either have to backtrack a fair distance in order to climb up a rocky section; or, alternatively, I could try a route directly in front of me, across a narrow leaf-covered ledge and then up a short but steep hill, also with leaves.

    As I mapped out an ascent in front of me, it appeared that there would be sufficient small rocks in place to establish safe handholds. Well, that turned out to be a mistake.

    Halfway into the process, I realized that the ground was more slippery than anticipated and, while a few fixed rocks had decent edges for gripping, the consequence of slipping would entail a fall of 20 feet. I quickly gathered myself, and, very slowly, climbed down in reverse from whence I came. Once safe, I opted for the other route.

    After an exhaustive hike up the mountain, than across and back down again, through dense shrubbery and vines with thorns, my legs were gashed and bleeding in several spots. Nonetheless, I’d finally arrived at the approx. 25-foot tall waterfall!

    Prints available in my gallery.

    Lessons From the Trail

    A note about trekking poles. Walking sticks provide hikers with the capacity to achieve better balance, and I surely could not have reached this waterfall absent such aides. However, more commonly, I used my trekking poles continuously to brace myself from sliding downhill, as push-points for upward locomotion, to test surface footing underneath leaves, remove debris from underfoot, and, on my return, as points through which to gather my weight during descent.

    A note about leaves. Leaves can be deceptive, as often a flat blanket of leaves does not accurately represent an underlying surface. There may be crevices or a hole. Also, leaves accumulated on a hill against the upside of a log may simply be stacked in suspension. Either way, it’s important to always check for stability before trusting your step.

    A note about handholds. For safety, every handhold should first be tested whenever possible. One should never assume, for instance, that a tree will support ones weight, particularly when its the only point of stability being relied upon. In such situations, grasping the base of the tree near the ground increases the likelihood that a tree won’t break.

    A note about focus. The cost of weak moments can be significant and, just as the physical demands of such a climb left me exhausted, so too did the need to retain focus. Herein, in order to remain safe and to accomplish my goal, each step had to be considered, and each movement methodical. Furthermore, as previously noted, it’s always better to err on the side of caution and take the time to be thorough when weighing options to proceed; to recognize a diminished state of mental acuity, and not allow oneself to hurry.

  • Indian Flats Falls

    Indian Flats Falls

    Located in the Tremont section of the Great Smoky Mountains, near Cades Cove in Tennessee, Indian Flats Falls features a beautiful four-tiered series of waterfalls, totaling nearly 60-feet.

    The trek is approx. 8 miles out and back through a scenic, forested landscape, and hikers commonly have the area all to themselves to enjoy a peaceful visit.

    Prints are available in my Pixels and ArtPal galleries. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Cave Behind Waterfall

    This photograph was taken from inside a massive cave underneath the 40-foot tall Big Laurel Falls, located in the Virgin Falls State Park. Although the water level along Big Laurel Creek was low during my visit, its interesting that the entire area sits on top of a broad network of subterranean caverns. As such, this waterfall (and others) disappear underground, oftentimes to reemerge some great distance away.

    You can find a variety of fine prints featuring my photography in the following galleries, including such options as framed, canvas, art, metal, wood, poster, acrylic and tapestry. Other products are also available…

    Thanks for visiting & enjoy the great outdoors!

  • Terraced Water

    Cummins Falls. Cookeville, Tennessee. Prints available in my gallery. Thank you!