Phil Perkins Photography

Tag: mountain

  • Mountains Beyond

    Mountains Beyond

    This black and white photograph features several trees obscuring a background view of the Smoky Mountains, as seen from the top of Mount LeConte, located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee. You can see more in my gallery.


  • Footbridge Trailhead

    This photograph features a footbridge at the trailhead of Middle Prong Trail, one of my favorites areas to hike in the Smoky Mountains. The structure delineates the point at which Lynn Camp Prong becomes Middle Prong Little River, as Thunderhead Prong (not seen) merges with the waterway this side of the bridge, from the right. This narrow bridge is also used by horses, so watch your step!

    Fine prints (framed, art, canvas, metal, wood, poster, acrylic and tapestry) are available in my gallery at Pixels, and other items can also be found in my shop at Redbubble. Hope to see you soon!


  • Poetry in Motion

    Poetry in Motion

    This photograph highlights Middle Prong Little River, located in the Smoky Mountains near Townsend, Tennessee. You can see more in my galleries at Pixels, Redbubble and ArtPal.

    Poem

    Watching white water wash away
    From the mossy green riverbanks
    An inner peace transcends my day
    Blessed with such beauty, I give thanks

    © 2022 Phil Perkins

    Song for Today


  • Shots from the Trail

    More specifically, shots from the Point Trail. These photographs were taken on a recent hike. You can see more pictures from this trail, and also review prints available through my gallery. Thanks for visiting!


  • Into the Forest

    Here’s a shot from somewhere near the beginning of my recent hike at Point Trail, in Lancing, Tennessee, where the trail leads into the forest. If you have an empty wall in your home, you should visit my gallery to discover the perfect accent piece! There are many print types available, and options to customize, as well. Hope to see you soon…


  • Rushing Water

    White water rapids photographed on Middle Prong Little River, in the Tremont section of the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. A variety of prints and other items featuring my photography are available in the following galleries – check it out…


  • Point Trail At Obed

    I recently hiked four miles out and back along the Point Trail at Obed Wild And Scenic River, located near Lancing, Tennessee. It’s situated on a high ridge between the gorges of the Obed River and Clear Creek.

    Rated a moderately difficult hike, the trail has several elevation changes and consists mostly of hard-pack soil. There are a few rocky areas, two stream crossings, and many fallen trees have been cleared.

    You can visit my gallery to select from a wide variety of fine prints, including framed, canvas, art, metal, wood, tapestry, poster and acrylic. And, framed prints may be customized (size, frame, mat, paper, finish) to suit your wishes. Thanks for visiting – enjoy the great outdoors!


  • Trail at Ozone Falls

    Located on the Cumberland Plateau near Crab Orchard, Tennessee, this is a trail I photographed while hiking at Ozone Falls…watch you step! You can see prints and more in my gallery. Thanks for visiting.


  • Black Mountain Capstone

    This capstone features divots and signs of water erosion, as photographed at Black Mountain in Crab Orchard, Tennessee. You can see more in my gallery at Pixels.

    Hope to see you soon!


  • Little River

    Little River

    Water rushes through a rocky river bed, cascading downstream along Little River. I shot this photograph in the Smoky Mountains, near Townsend, Tennessee. You can find fine prints and other items available in my gallery at Pixels. It makes a great accent piece for the home, office, or, to give as a gift!


  • Tree in River

    Tree in River

    This photograph features an interesting fallen tree along Middle Prong Little River, located in the Smoky Mountains. It would look wonderful in a frame as an accent piece for an empty wall in your home or office, and also makes a great gift-giving idea! To see several options available, please visit the following galleries:


  • Spruce Flats Falls

    After sitting a spell to enjoy a peaceful setting at the base of Spruce Flats Falls, I decided to hike downstream to see what I could find. During summer months, the water is generally lower than otherwise, allowing one to more easily traverse the rock-lined waterway of Spruce Flats Branch. Nevertheless, there are several areas which remain difficult to safely navigate, and it’s important to be mindful of potential hazards.

    Of course, damp rocks are slippery, as is moss (which is everywhere), and each should be approached with caution. Worse yet, though, are rocks which appear dry yet have a thin, slippery film under a fine layer of dirt. Other rocks, some of significant size and weight, defy ones perception of stability, unexpectedly shifting underfoot, posing a risk of falling or injuring an ankle. The same holds true for downed timber. It’s important to always test whether or not a log can support ones weight, if that is the purpose applied for passage. Again, even the largest log can give way and pose real danger.

    At a few points, I had to climb up and out of the creek bed, making my way across steep and narrow surfaces, before descending again back to the water below. In such situations, trekking poles are critical and serve to provide needed support for both weight and balance. It’s also wise to be aware of surrounding handholds (hearty plants, small trees or exposed roots) on hillsides, should the need exist.

    The final stretch of this creekside adventure entailed descending a 15-foot rock face, strewn with logs and quite slippery in some areas. This waterfall is named Honey Cove Falls, and is visible from along a dirt road in Tremont, across Middle Prong Little River. Following consumption of water and a protein bar, I relaxed to enjoy the natural beauty of this area, thereafter pondering… what next? Do I retrace my steps up the mountain to Spruce Flats Falls, expending a great deal of time and energy in so doing, such that I may then hike out along the trail from which I entered the forest? Or, given a seasonal deficiency of water, is it possible to safely wade across Middle Prong Little River, in order to follow the road back to my parked vehicle?

    I opted for the latter, very cautiously wading through over 2-feet deep flowing water, across a river bed of very slippery stones. Even here, caution is critical to avoid injury, as ones feet can slip and become wedged between rocks.

    All told, I had a great hike and enjoyed many sights which are not often seen. Being mindful and with a deep respect of the danger inherent in nature, such hikes aren’t overly difficult. However, without deliberation, it can be very easy to have a bad day.

    I have many fine prints available in my gallery, and encourage guests to visit.


  • Little River Rapids

    This morning landscape photograph was taken along Little River, located in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, near Townsend. If you’d be interested in a print for your home, office, hospital, cafeteria or business lobby, you can visit any of the following galleries…

    Thanks very much!


  • Ozone Falls

    Ozone Falls

    This photograph features a view of the trail down into the gorge at Ozone Falls. At 110-feet, it’s the third tallest waterfall in Tennessee, located in Crab Orchard on the Cumberland Plateau. You can enjoy prints and more by visiting my galleries at Pixels and/or ArtPal. Makes a great gift idea, also.


  • Explore Black Mountain

    Located along the Cumberland Trail in Crab Orchard, Tennessee, Black Mountain provides expansive views eastward from several large capstone overlooks. It’s also an area rich with adventure for those wandering off of the beaten trail, as seen here. Indeed, there are many interesting areas throughout the forest to discover and enjoy. Fine prints available. Thanks!