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.
These icicles were photographed while hiking on the trail between Upper and Lower Piney Falls, located on the Cumberland Plateau in the Piney Falls State Natural Area, near Grandview, TN.
It’s a nice contrast between green moss and white ice, which would look wonderful behind glass in a frame on a wall in your home. You can find many prints available in my gallery, so stop by for a visit when you’re in the neighborhood…
Located on the Cumberland Plateau near Cookeville, Tennessee, the 75-foot tall Cummins Falls draws visitors from far and wide. Annually, it accounts for the 8th largest volume of water for a waterfall in the state, and much of the trail used to access the base is the riverbed. Also, inexpensive permits are required to enter the gorge.
After enjoying my visit to Upper Piney Falls, I hiked through the forest to a turning point where I then proceeded downhill to Lower Piney Falls. The trail leads only as far as the top edge of this 40-foot tall waterfall.
In order to access the base of the falls, it’s necessary to walk through the water of Little Piney Creek and then traverse the hillside into the gorge below. However, this opportunity is something to consider exclusively during summer months. In the cold of winter, I was simply thankful to be on site to witness the beauty of this landscape from the upper cascades.
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Yesterday, I left Knoxville at 5:50 a.m., driving over an hour through the dark, in order to hike to the 80-foot tall Upper Piney Falls. My goal was to be on the trail by 7:10 a.m., one-half hour before sunrise, so that I could reach the falls near daybreak. On the final stretch of my journey, slowly driving around potholes through a quiet farming countryside, I crested a small hill to see a large cow standing in the road. Safely moving within a few feet of the animal, I rolled down my window to say, “You be careful – go on home, now”. The cow didn’t move, but soon after, I arrived as the only car to park in a small lot near the trailhead of the Piney Falls State Natural Area.
It was only 30-degrees as I headed into the still-dark forest. After hiking nearly 10 minutes, I heard something somewhat heavy moving among the trees, and raised my voice so as to let it know that I was aware of its presence. It was impossible to know for sure what it was…a bear? Sasquatch? Another cow?
Many areas of Tennessee received a few inches of snow on Monday, accompanied by frigid, single-digit temperatures. The cold persisted through Tuesday, though Wednesday afternoon relented to reach a high near 45-degrees. That warmup caused snow and ice to melt, which then froze again overnight. Hence, many surfaces around the waterfall during my hike were extremely slippery! As such, accessing locations downhill from which to take photographs was a strenuous, methodical challenge – for all practical purposes, impossible without trekking poles.
In my third photograph (see above), taken at an elevation approx. midway up the falls, 15-foot tall icicles had melted the previous afternoon along the trail (a popular footpath in warmer weather), before refreezing. This was indicative of all surfaces, including hillsides, as what appears to be snow was actually ice. As such, my efforts to follow the trail behind the falls were thwarted at the edge of ground cover. So, without sufficient footholds, I begrudgingly (but safely) turned around to begin my hike to the next location…Lower Piney Falls.
Morning fog lingers with mist from a full, fast-flowing cascades in the South Cumberland State Park of Tennessee, upstream of Savage Falls.
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Here’s a video filmed downstream while hiking the same day as I shot the (above) photograph, featuring the roaring 30-foot tall Savage Falls. I timed my visit to the park following a substantial rainfall…
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Rocks, rocks and more rocks. This is Richland Creek, located along the Laurel-Snow Trail in Dayton, Tennessee, photographed in July 2020 without water. Despite dry conditions, this geological surface was a lot of fun to explore. If interested, you can visit my gallery to see prints available featuring my photography.
Located near Cookeville, Tennessee, the Cummins Falls State Park features a 75-foot tall waterfall that carries the eighth largest volume of water in the state, annually. Visitors will get their feet wet hiking to visit this picturesque sight, and it’s definitely worth the trek.
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Using a zoom lens from quite a distance, this photograph features Piney Falls, a 95-foot tall waterfall located within the Fall Creek Falls State Park. Though obscured by a tree and in the shade, this scenic autumn landscape would look wonderful as an accent piece on a wall in your home or office. It also makes a great gift! You can visit the following galleries to see more:
This photograph features a partial view of Cummins Falls, located in Cookeville, Tennessee. On the Cumberland Plateau, the gorge which houses this waterfall is mammoth and the trail to the base requires hikers to wade through the river on a few occasions.