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Partridge Falls -Two Worlds Meet

A place not visited often.  A divisor of nations where they come together.  A place of peace for those who appreciate it and will seek it out.  A road not traveled often.  And, on a river that divides USA and Canada.  I find myself immersed, consumed and overwhelmed.

Tranquility is what this place means to me.  Time alone was one of the things I was seeking.  Silence that was louder that I could talk, is what I found.  The peacefulness in the power of water and rock that senses soak up.

Two worlds apart, but still together.  That is one of the things I thought of while sitting here and when looking back to the time spent there.

Sitting in the USA, on the bank of a river that pounds the senses and still calms the soul with Canada on the other side.


Times like these are treasures to enjoy.  Life is full of these things.  Looking into this picture, there is no one thing that made up the experience that brought me to this moment captured with the camera.  Everything seen, heard, felt, smelled, and tasted made up this experience.

For an hour my experiences changed.  Amazement, wonder, fear, filled my mind and emotions.  Who has been here before?  Who has hunted here before?  Were treaties, weddings, friendships, heartaches, acted on, or pondered here?

Everyone who sat here has experienced something similar, yet something different from other guests.


One person observes experiences in one way, while someone else may see things slightly different.

Seeing with your life experiences is a lot like seeing with a camera.  Where you are standing is part of your vision.  Moving to the left or right, or up and down changes things.

Time will change things too.  The more time you spend somewhere, the more you may be able to see.  Looking, walking and sitting someplace takes time.  Time that allows you to experience.

This is a place of power and peace.  A place of comfort and refuge from the daily life.  God made places like this, where we can view His mighty creation, and be in awe of of His power, intelligence, and the peace He can bring.

A song comes to mind “Our God is an Awesome God” .  “He Is”



Longing For Cooler Weather


Cool Spot To Sit In The Fall At Great Smokey Mountains National Park

  It is hot and it is Summer.  Oh, how I long for cooler weather.  The last few days  I have wanted to get out and take some pictures, but the heat would take away the fun of it all.  So tonight in my cool, air-conditioned office, I sit and play around with Photoshop.  Of course I look for something to help me cool off.  The Smoky Mountains in the fall are always a great place to do that.  For now an air-conditioned room and a picture to remind me of a cool and tranquil place is what I enjoy.  I hope you do also.

Another from Smoky Mountains


Printed this one up for someone today and thought I would share it.  It is from my trip last fall.  I love the running water in the mountains.  So peaceful.

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


Rushing Waters at Greenbrier Smoky Mountains

My second day at the Smoky Mountains a few weeks ago was spent at Greenbrier.  As mentioned before, this is a favorite place in the  park.  It is easy access, you avoid Gatlinburg, and it is quite with few people.  This was a rainy day.  The type of day the tourist dislike.

Fall Color At Greenbrier - Smoky Mountains

  I love those days when photographing.  The colors pop in the pictures.  Rain saturates the colors.  Here I was standing with camera on a tripod, with an umbrella over the top of the equipment taking the picture.  I guess I should have stayed at the hotel and watched TV till the sun came out.  What do you think?

A Couple Recent Times of Enjoying Nature

Sportsmans Club Gazebo on Lake Decatur and Water Blur

  A few weeks ago after work I stopped by a place on Lake Decatur called the Sportsman’s Club.  It is my understanding at one time there was a club in this location.  Now it is a park with a small boat ramp to the lake along with a walk way out into the lake leading to a gazebo.  It was getting close to dark and the other two photographers (and friends) had left.  We had been photographing pelicans across the lake.  I decided to stay and play around with long exposures to allow the water to blur.  It gives it a soft pleasing look.

Tree Swallow Sitting on Bluebird Nesting Box at Rock Springs Macon County, Illinois

Yesterday during lunch I drove to Rock Springs Conservation Area ( ).  I went to pick up a few things and to look at the artwork hanging in the galleries.  There are some great pieces to see if you have time to stop by.  While driving the road out of the park, I was able to take this photograph.  I would guess this tree swallow has taken the bluebird nest box over.  I would rather see a bluebird, but still enjoy this one.  Macon County Conservation District puts many bluebird boxes out on their properties.  I hope to have some time to photograph some of the blue birds in action at the boxes this spring.  

Flowers at sunset at Rock Springs Nature Center

 After work yesterday I took a more time to do some photography.  I stopped by a few sites and came back to Rock Springs.  It was a few minutes before sunset and I grabbed this shot.  Walking to my vehicle I enjoyed the quietness of the prairie at dusk.  With a little bug spray an evening in the prairie can be rather enjoyable.