“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” – John Muir On a late Saturday afternoon I stepped off from Deep Gap and began a lumbering climb up Standing Indian mountain in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. I continued this backpacking trip through days of crisp Autumn air, concluding on a cold, wet Friday […]
2″ x 6″. White paint. This simple white blaze is found painted on countless thousands of tree trunks at infrequent distances all throughout the 2,190 miles of the Appalachian Trail, from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Katahdin in Maine. It signifies the path of the Appalachian Trail. Trails were originally marked by hatchet chops, but as people become more ecologically conscious alternative methods were derived. In rockier parts of the world you’ll find the use of […]
Albert Mountain is located near the town of Franklin, North Carolina and overlooks the Coweeta Basin. From the vista of Albert Mountain you can see for 20 miles in every direction, making it an ideal spot for a fire tower or scenic view of Fall’s changing colors. This 5,250 foot high mountain sits on the path of the Appalachian Trail, and was also the setting for a 40 foot high metal fire tower lookout that […]
I spent a Saturday evening camped on the summit of Standing Indian Mountain. More than a mile up, the clouds we had watched in the valley below the previous evening had enveloped the peak of the mountain at some point throughout the night. This created a dark and ethereal setting in the early AM. We packed our gear in the fog shrouded camp, and then proceed northward on the Appalachian Trail across and then down […]
After weeks of cloudy weekends, I headed out with the mighty squirrel hunter on a contemplative walk through Lincoln Park. I’m inspired by the turning leaves. Even knowing the scientific reasoning was the withdraw of green chlorophyll does nothing to reduce the magic. Autumn is the culmination of a year of birth and growth, and it’s as if God wants to paint a final masterful tapestry before settling in for the long, cold winter. We meandered through […]
Near the town of Spring Green, Wisconsin and not far from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin is located a wonderful roadside market. Peck’s is the type of local market where you’ll find the harvest out front, fresh baked pies within, and locals gathered around a radio or small television in the back to watch the local college football game. A thunderstorm had been plaguing us all weekend and drove us to seek refuge here, but in […]
Dream Lake is located in the shadow of Long’s Peak (in the distance in this photo) in Rocky Mountain National Park. This lake is a few miles away, and about 2,000 feet above, the visitor parking center but well worth the journey. The mountain water is crystal clear and filled with rainbow trout. I shot this in mid-afternoon in late September on a Nikon D7000.