Yesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future, but today is a gift. That's why it's called the present.
--Bill Keane (1922-2011) American cartoonist.
What a gift! The eight mile long Kingsport Greenbelt offers such
beautiful scenery and provides great recreational opportunities for
walking, jogging and biking. The path runs from the Exchange Place on
the east side of town to Rotherwood Mansion on the west. Visit the
website here. To see a detailed map, click here. See a previous post of mine here.
The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.
--Harriet Ann Jacobs (1813-1897)
Beautiful bluebell blooms blanket a byway at Winged Deer Park in Johnson City, TN. Click here for a map of the park and its many trails. The scenes above are found on the aptly named Bluebell Loop. The blooms are approaching the end of their spring show, so get out to see them in the next day or so if you're in the area.
Click here for a previous post describing the trails at Winged Deer.
Photographers deal in things which are
continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on
earth which can make them come back again. --Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) French photographer.
Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.
--Martin Luther (1483-1546) German theologian.
The photos of the flute player statue were taken a few years ago (at different times of the year) in the gardens outside of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.
"Biltmore Blooms" is underway from March 19-May 26. Save $50 off an annual pass if you order during the month of March. Click here to find out what's blooming now.
Click here, to see my previous Biltmore photos and posts.
Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or
last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
Smith (1896-1972) American author.
Above: My friend Tim takes in this view of the Nolichucky River from the Appalachian Trail for the first time. For a description of the hike and directions, click here.
The Nolichucky is a tributary of the French Broad River and flows 115 miles from western North Carolina through east Tennessee. The name, Nolichucky, is a bit unclear. Some say the name derived from a Cherokee village that once stood near today's Jonesborough, TN the name of which meant "spruce pine place." Local lore says it derives from an Indian word meaning "Rushing Water(s)", "Dangerous Water(s)", or "Black Swirling Water." As you can probably guess, today it is a popular whitewater rafting destination. The railroad bridge you see in the photo was built way back in 1907.
To see in color is a delight for the eye but to see in black and white is a delight for the soul. – Andri Cauldwell (b.1982) photographer.
I always turn to working in black and white at this time of year when the colors of our world are still at their lowest ebb (at least in higher elevations). An accomplished landscape photographer was asked why he preferred to work in color. He explained that color photography is akin to non-fiction, while black and white photography is fiction -- and he preferred to capture the world as it is. There's an honesty to color photography. Black and white gives us an artificial, 'unreal' way of viewing the world. I think for many, that's the allure of it. It's seeing the world in a unique way -- and in the process we notice new aspects of a scene that were hidden or obscured by color: light and shadow, texture, lines, shapes, repetition -- all become more prominent as we remove the distraction of color.
Above: Appalachian Trail near Round Bald in the Roan Highlands.
With the purchase of the expansive Rocky Fork tract in Unicoi County, TN and the recent creation of the Rocky Fork State Park, efforts are underway to make it more accessible to larger numbers of visitors. On the northern edge of the park, at the Lower Higgins Creek entrance, you can see a great deal of work is underway: the rickety, old bridge has been replaced and the road leading into the park has been widened. I'm happy to see more people visiting and enjoying the area, and the new bridge was desperately needed. I'll miss the wildflowers that used to line the path in this section of the park. Things are in pretty rough shape at this point, and parking still limited. But clearly changes and improvements are underway.
The top photo is of the first waterfall you come to, Lower Higgins Creek Falls (100 ft tall). The second is of the area where the new bridge was installed. Next is the widened road leading into the park. The bottom photo is of the turn around area where the road ends and a new gate has been installed.
I believe that appreciation is a holy thing, that when we look for
what's best in the person we happen to be with at the moment, we're
doing what God does; so in appreciating our neighbor, we're
participating in something truly sacred. --Fred Rogers (1928-2003) TV personality, minister, author.
Above: Lower Higgins Creek Falls, directions here.
There is hardly a pioneer's hut which does not contain a few odd volumes of Shakespeare. I remember reading the feudal drama of Henry V for the first time in a log cabin. --Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) French Historian and Political scientist.
Above: Fort Watauga at Sycamore Shoals State Park in Elizabethton, TN.
Cross country skiing is great if you live in a small country. --Steven Wright (b.1955) comedian. Cross country skiers enjoy the snow at Sycamore Shoals State Park in Elizabethton. The man in the bottom photo joked as he went by that he was training his dog to be a husky.