Tag: Peace

  • Andrews Bald

    Located near Clingmans Dome in North Carolina, Andrews Bald is the highest elevation grassy meadow in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

    The area was named for Andres Thompson, a cattle herder, who, in the 1840’s, brought livestock up the mountain to graze on hillsides.

    Though less than 4 miles out and back, the trail is rated as moderately difficult due to an elevation change of 1200-feet. This is especially evident upon return, as the hike is entirely uphill.

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  • Morning in the Mountains

    More specifically, yesterday morning. These photographs were taken in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee, and include shots from Luftee Overlook, Newfound Gap and the trail to Clingman’s Dome. If you’re looking for an accent piece to decorate a wall at home, you’ll find many fine prints available in my gallery.

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  • 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

  • Mountain Water

    Mountain Water

    It’s after sunrise, though direct sunlight remains shielded behind surrounding mountain peaks of the Smoky Mountains. In the forest, Thunderhead Prong washes over and between moss-covered rocks, sending a soothing sound in echo all around. The flowing water, birds in the trees greeting a new day, steps along the trail and the mild repetition of breathing accompany this peaceful moment. The time is yours, spend it wisely. Enjoy the great outdoors.

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  • Richland Creek

    Richland Creek

    This photograph of Richland Creek was taken on the Cumberland Plateau in Dayton, Tennessee, along the Laurel-Snow Trail. You can visit my gallery to see a variety of prints – framed, art, canvas, metal, acrylic, wood, poster and tapestry. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Foothills Sunrise

    Foothills Sunrise

    Photographed from the Foothills Parkway near Wears Valley, Tennessee, morning rays of sunlight stream across the Smoky Mountains and the fog-filled valleys below. You can enjoy a wide variety of prints, gifts and apparel, when you visit the following galleries:

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  • Poem in Response

    Poem in Response

    After reading “By Chance” (translated: por un acaso), posted by a dear friend and wonderful writer from Portugal, Carla Milho – wherein she shares reasons for changing her nickname, formerly Red Warrior – I was inspired to write this poem in response…

    In a land known as Lisbon
    Across the sea, set apart
    Hails a cute girl named Carla
    – a beautiful work of art

    Her skin, golden tan
    Her eyes, lovely green
    Her smile warms my heart
    …you know what I mean

    Like a school-kid with a crush
    Poems of love that never end
    Yet, I know she’s spoken for
    And extend my hand as friend

    © 2022 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

  • 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.

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  • Golden Hour

    Golden Hour

    Rays of morning sunlight illuminate this Smoky Mountains landscape, reflecting off clouds and warming a heavy fog bank in the valley below. This scenic sunrise photograph was taken near Townsend, Tennessee, along the old section of the Foothills Parkway. Many fine prints and other items can be found in the following galleries…

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    Song for Today

    Golden Lady, by Stevie Wonder / 1973

  • Poem in Response

    Poem in Response

    Having read “How a workation from Shillong looked like” by Mukti Masih, a very beautiful poetess, Christian, chai-totaler and successful Content Writer from Indore, India – wherein she recounts a visit to one of her favorite cities while working to complete a second book – I was inspired to write this short poem in response…

    By wi-fi she works
    From the mountains of Shillong
    In the markets and parks, then back home

    Unlocking her words
    That her heart may sing on key
    Through prayer, by her love, in a poem

    © 2022 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

  • Hiking Quote

    Hiking Quote

    Few places in this world are more dangerous than home. Fear not, therefore, to try the mountain passes. They will kill care, save you from deadly apathy, set you free, and call forth every faculty into vigorous, enthusiastic action.

    John Muir
  • Poem for Peace

    Poem for Peace

    Having read a wonderful poetic tribute of Ukrainian courage and leadership – “Hats Off to President Zelenskyy“, written by my friend Cindy Georgakas – which also rightfully condemns Russian President Putin as a war criminal, I thought that I’d share this short poem which I wrote recently…

    A sunflower for sharing
    Our hearts through words and caring
    To speak aloud
    Above the crowd
    With peace to guide our bearing

    © 2022 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.