Monday, December 15, 2008

a new vision in a narrow niche

Most people are not really free. They are confined by the niche in the world that they carve out for themselves.They limit themselves to fewer possibilities by the narrowness of their vision.
--V. S. Naipaul (b.1932) writer, Nobel Prize for Literature, 2001

This is the second waterfall found at the Blue Hole outside of Elizabethton, TN. Nestled into its own little grotto, this is my favorite of the four falls you'll find there. This one is so familiar to me, I had a hard time finding a new composition that I liked. I finally settled on this angle because it shows the rock formations that form the narrow niche surrounding the waterfall. It puts the fall in some context. You wouldn't necessarily know it from this photo, but I'd guess the waterfall is 15 feet high (in all, the combined height of the four falls at the Blue Hole is 45 feet). I'm breaking one of main rules of composition in this photo which says, don't 'bulls-eye' your subject -- don't put your main subject smack-dab in the center of the frame. But while compositional rules like this are helpful -- they're sometimes confining and need be broken. :) Click here for more thoughts on composition. And click here for directions to the Blue Hole.


  1. From Elizabethton, take Route 91 (Stony Creek) for approximately 10 miles, turn left on Panhandle Road, continue for approximately 1 mile to parking area on left. I added a link in the post which will take you to a map of the area. It's a great place to visit!


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