Archive for December, 2011

More From Smoky Mountains

Bull Elk - Cataloochee Cove - Great Smoky Mountain National Park

A little known area of the Smoky Mountains is Cataloochee.  Cataloochee was an old settlement in a cove that has much to show.  There are some old buildings to see, but the real treat are the elk.  Elks were native to the area, but people hunted them out.  In 2001 they started re-introducing them to the cove.  People come to watch them in the early morning and late evening as they come out to the fields to feed.  During the rut, the bulls will fight over their harems.  You may ear one bugle or better yet see two bulls spar.  This magnificent animal is a must see for all who will travel the winding dirt roads up and down the mountains to this remote site.

Little Pigeon River - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

If you want to get away from the traffic in Gatlinburg and yes the park, then head east out of Gatlinburg.  Greenbrier is another old settlement area.  This area has some nice hiking trails.  One of them is Porters Creek Trail.  But on the way to the trail you drive along a scenic river called the Little Pigeon River.  There are plenty of places to pull off and photograph.  There is nothing like spending an hour in an area photographing then spending another hour sitting by the river with your eyes closed listening to the water rushing over the rocks.  Life can be so fun.

Little Pigeon River - Great Smoky Mountain National Park


Imagine Christmas

Imagine Christmas at Tabernacle Baptist
Earlier this month Tabernacle Baptist Church in Decatur, Illinois performed a musical called Imagine Christmas.  The music, dancing and lighting were all great.  I was able to photograph the dress rehearsal.  The message was great about the birth of Jesus Christ.  A couple of days later I went to watch the play.  It was great and they had a good crowd.  We get wrapped up in all the shopping and gift giving of the season, but it really is about Jesus and his becoming a part of our world.  It is good to remember that in the many ways it can be shared.
Imagine Christmas – Tabernacle Baptist – Decatur, IL.
Imagine Christmas – Tabernacle Baptist – Decatur, IL.
Imagine Christmas – Tabernacle Baptist – Decatur, IL.
Imagine Christmas – Tabernacle Baptist – Decatur, IL.
Imagine Christmas – Tabernacle Baptist – Decatur, IL

A message so simple.

Salvation so strong. 

Star Gazing at Rock Springs

Friday night was a fun night for volunteers with Macon County Conservation District (MCCD)  .  A special program was given for the many volunteers at MCCD.  A presentation was given inside on the stars, planets and constellations.  Many references books and information were shown and shared.  Do you know how many keys are on a piano?  If you do then you know how many constilations we have in our sky.  If you said 88 then you are right.

MCCD Volunteer Looking Through Telescope At Rock Springs
People of all ages enjoyed the view.  Looking at Jupiter we could see the rings and two moons.

People Of All Ages Enjoy Star Gazing At Rock Springs In Macon County Illinois

What a treat for all who attended.  Thanks to MCCD.