Tuesday, July 22, 2014
--Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American Essayist, Poet and Philosopher.
Above: Rocky Fork after a rain.
Here is a terrific resource on Rocky Fork from the Monkey's Mask. Lots of descriptions, maps, links and beautiful photos to explore.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
The first phase of the Tweetsie Trail is scheduled to be opened to the public with an inaugural Walk/Run on Saturday, August 30, 2014 (Labor Day weekend). The
trail follows the old "Tweetsie" railroad line connecting Johnson City to Elizabethton, TN. The first phase is 4.5 miles long, but when the entire project is complete it will be 10 miles long.
The trail itself is fantastic -- very wide, with compacted, fine gravel perfect for walking, jogging and bike riding. Along the way, you'll traverse through beautiful woodland settings and farms and over bridges. This project has been years in its planning and execution and will provide great recreational opportunities to the residents of both communities.
Pictured (above left) is a replica of the original Milligan depot that stood about a half mile from the College. It will eventually have a bench and signage.
inagural trek, click here.
Additional photos can be found on the Tweetsie Trail Facebook page.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Bristol, TN is home to Steele Creek Park, the third largest municipal park in the state of Tennessee. Occupying over 2200 acres, the park has a 52 acre lake, a golf course, numerous picnic shelters, amphitheater, conference center and 24 miles of trails. The park recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. The above photo shows a bench overlooking the lake and Nature Center in the distance. Click here and here for more information.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Friday, July 11, 2014
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Friday, July 4, 2014
--Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850) French classical liberal theorist, political economist.
Happy Independence Day!
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
A mist of rainbow dyes,
The burnished sunbeams brightening
From flower to flower he flies.
--John Banister Tabb (1845-1909) American poet, Roman Catholic priest, and professor of English.
220mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec, ISO 400.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
--Phillip Brooks (1835-1893) American clergyman and author.
Above: Kiner Creek Falls found in Laurel Run Park, Church Hill, TN (taken earlier this spring).
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
--Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997) Roman Catholic Missionary.
This is my friend Michael Kaal fishing in the Watauga River back in 2010. Since then, Michael, through his hard work, dedication to clients and his eye for beauty, has quickly established himself as one of the very best wedding photographers in our region. Check out his website and his Facebook page to see his work.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
--Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American Statesman, Writer and Inventor.
Above: A picnic table in the fog at MacRae Meadows, Grandfather Mountain, NC.
Labels: Quotes - Life
Monday, June 9, 2014
Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. --Miriam Beard (1876-1958) American historian.
The rhododendron and flame azalea are nearly in full bloom at Carver's Gap and on the balds in the Roan Highlands. This weekend would be the perfect time to hike out to Jane Bald to see them in all their glory. I didn't make it up to the gardens, but it's usually a week or so behind. This year's Rhododendron Festivals are on June 21-22nd in Roan Mountain, TN and June 20-21st in Bakersville, NC.
Saturday, June 7, 2014
|Flowers along the Pacific Coast Highway|
|Air Force One at the Reagan Library|
|Touring San Francisco|
|Cable Car to Fisherman's Wharf|
|Golden Gate Bridge|
|Along the Pacific Coast Highway|
|Ocean view from the Hearst Castle|
Well, that's it for my report on "My Summer Vacation" - hope you enjoyed it. We'll return to Appalachia in my next post!
Friday, June 6, 2014
--Wallace Stegner (1909-1993) American historian, author and environmentalist
Located in the Sierra Nevada mountains south of Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks contain groves of massive giant sequoia trees estimated to be 1,800 and 3,000 years old. These are some of the largest and oldest living things on the planet. It's bewildering to walk among them and make sense of such an incredible scene.
In terms of photography, I found it difficult to capture and communicate their immense size. It really is something that needs to be seen in person to fully appreciate. Visitors are so completely dwarfed by these gigantic trees! I loved the smell of the sequoia - very different from the pine scented mountains found here in Appalachia, these had a redwood aroma, think of it as a giant, redwood lined sauna. :)
I'll continue posting more of my journey through California tomorrow -- and then we'll return to Appalachia!