Sunday, August 15, 2010

darkness and light

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
--Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) Minister and Civil-Rights Leader

The first of two tunnels found at Doe River Gorge outside of Hampton, TN where the old "Tweetsie" railroad used to run until the 1950s. The narrow gauge tracks were laid in the 1880s to run iron ore from Cranberry, NC to Johnson City, TN.  Even though I've taken photos of these tunnels numerous times, I still enjoy it.  I'm already looking forward to going back out there in the fall! I love the wind whipping through the tunnels (especially on hot, scorching days like today) and the interplay of light and dark in these shots. In the shot above, I also like how deceptively short the tunnel looks - as if you could take three big steps and come out the other side. In the shot to the left you see that the tunnel is actually fairly long; I was kneeling in the middle of the tunnel when I took this shot. Click here to see more photos from Doe River Gorge.


  1. Great shots! I vaguely remember the Tweetsie railroad, possibly I rode on it as a kid, or maybe it is just the signs I remember. Love the darkness and light.

  2. Great shots! The first picture does make the tunnel appear to be very short! I was actually just looking at the website about this little train ride that you can take about a week ago or so. So this was fun to see your post!
    Have a fabulous day!

  3. These pictures are great...and so is the camp that's on that property!!! I love that place!

  4. This is about 1/2 mile from where I grew up on the other side of the Gorge, from Whitehead Hill.
    Absolutely beautiful!! I wish you had included some pictures of both of the R R Bridges.
    Maybe next time..


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