2021-01-29 – Conasauga Falls

On Friday, January 29, 2021, Jim Pierson, Nick Stagarone, and I paid a visit to a Falls we’d never been to.  The fall’s name is Conasauga Falls and it’s located near Tellico Plains, TN. Going up to the falls we were following my Garmin GPS and it led us off down a country road and … Read more

2020-12-30 – Hiwassee Bird Refuge

Jim Pierson and I met at the Hiwassee Bird Refuge for a few hours of photographing the birds that were migrating through the eastern Tennessee area.  There seemed to be a lot more birds this year than what we saw in 2019. At one point there was a swarm of birds coming in and I … Read more

2021-01-05 – Hiwassee Bird Refuge

Jim Pierson & I met at the Hiwassee Refuge not far out of Dayton, Tennessee to take images of the Sandhill Cranes and White Pelicans. On this particular day, there was just a handful of photographers setup and we pretty much had the premium spot to ourselves.  Needless to say, it didn’t make us unhappy … Read more

2020-12-03 – Road Trip to Burgess Falls State Park

Dateline: December 3, 2020 Jim Pierson and I did a Road Trip to Burgess Falls State Park located on the Falling Water River near Sparta, Tennessee. “This day-use park is noted for its natural beauty and four waterfalls that cascade down from over 250 feet in elevation. The last of these falls is the most spectacular, … Read more

2020-09-22 – Deep Creek-Bryson City

Dateline:  September 22, 2020 The three “Phototeers” took a trip to the North Carolina side of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.  Although, not the best of days to shoot waterfalls, we did manage to get a few keepers shots.  The hike to the falls was fairly easy and well worth the effort to reach … Read more

2020-11-04 Norris Dam Visit

Dateline:  November 4, 2020 On Wednesday, November 4th, the three “Phototeers” went on a photo excursion to Norris Dam, near Norris, TN.  It had been several years since I had been to Norris Dam and things had changed a lot, but the dam looked the same. History of Norris Dam: (source Wikipedia) Norris Dam is a hydroelectric and flood control … Read more

2020-11-10 – Rock Island State Park

Dateline: November 10, 2020 The three “Phototeers” loaded up and went to Rock Island State Park to check out the Fall foliage.  When we arrived on site, we could tell that the Fall foliage was just a bit past prime colors, but there were still some colors in the trees. We photographed the Castle Springhouse … Read more

2020-10-23 – Blue Ridge Parkway

Dateline: October 23, 2020 Chasing Fall Colors The three “Phototeers” got going early on crisp October morning to try and capture some of the fall colors that were left. We headed toward Ocoee and stopped at the Cypress trees on Parksville Lake.  The sun was lighting up the cypress’s fall red colors and making them … Read more

2020-11-19 Gibbs Garden Fall Trip

Dateline: November 19, 2020 One of the best benefits of living in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area is having easy access to places like the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Ocoee River area, and many waterfalls.  Another benefit is to be within a couple of hours of driving time to places in Alabama, Georgia, and … Read more

2020-10-14 – Sunrise on Foothills Parkway

Dateline: October 14, 2010 When the three “Phototeers” arrived at the pull-off on Foothills Parkway overlooking Wears Valley, we had hoped to have had a great sunrise.  However, Mother Nature didn’t cooperate and there was nothing but blue skies. However, as a consolation prize, Mother Nature did provide a fog layer over the valley. We … Read more

2020-09-10 – Carmac Falls

Dateline: September 10, 2020 Carmac Falls The three “Phototeers” took a trip up to Smithville, TN to visit Carmac Falls.  This is a majestic 90 ft. tall waterfall that is just flat out beautiful to behold. It is well worth the time and effort to get permission to hike to the falls since it is … Read more

2020-08-25 – Barn Hunting in Sweetwater Valley

Dateline: August 25, 2020 The three “Phototeers” got cabin fever and were suffering from COVID-19 fatigue so we decided to get out and go barn hunting.  We met up at the Food City parking lot and then headed up north on Highway 64 toward Cleveland and Athens, TN. We took our time and even patrolled … Read more

2020-08-18 – Debra’s Birthday Outing

Dateline: August 18, 2020 To celbrate Debra’s birthday, we decided to visit Tellico Plains since she had never been there. We headed out not in any particular big hurry since we planned to stop at the Tellico Plains Bakery to pickup a couple of sack lunches. I had told her how great it was when … Read more

2020-08-13 – Sweetwater Valley #1

Dateline: August 13, 2020 We decided to go barn hunting along US-11 highway that runs up through the Sweetwater Valley.  We thought we could find a few good scenic barns to photograph and we did.  There were a few that we stopped at that we could shoot easily from the road or the right of … Read more

2020-08-05 – Hwy 58 Ramble

Dateline: August 5, 2020 The three “Phototeers” headed up US-27 to go across Watts Bar Dam on US-68 to get to US-58.  When we started across Watts Bar Dam we noticed that the Nuclear Plant was lit up and that the cooling towers were emitting a lot of steam. So, we decided to drive down … Read more

2020-07-23 – Visit to Stillhouse Falls

Dateline: July 23, 2020 On a hot and humid Thursday, the three “Phototeers” were joined by Bruce, another member of the Photography Society of Chattanooga for an outing to Stillhouse Hollow Falls close to Summertown, TN. Stillhouse Hollow Falls State Natural Area is a natural area in Maury County, Tennessee.  The main feature of the … Read more

2020-07-10 – Ocoee & Bald River Falls

Dateline: July 10, 2020 Being in the middle of the summer heatwave, we decided to go anywhere that required a hike of more than five minutes.  So, we saddled up and headed toward Bald River Falls not far from Tellico Plains, TN. We went up the US-64 highway along the Ocoee River and made a … Read more

2020-06-25 – Northrup Falls & Waterloo Falls

Dateline: June 25, 2020 The three “Phototeers” once again loaded up and went out for an adventure shooting a couple of waterfalls. After reading about both Northrup Falls which is in Colditz Cove and Waterloo Falls located about 15 miles out of Cookeville, TN., we knew we had to pay them a visit. We began … Read more

2020-06-08 – Fall Creek Falls Road Trip

Dateline: June 8, 2020 We rolled out early on a warm June Monday morning and headed out to a new (to me) destination to shoot a couple of waterfalls. I had read about a waterfall called Lost Falls and Jim P. said he had been there but there was not much water flowing on his … Read more

2020-06-16 – Trip to Rugby and Honey Creek

Dateline: June 16, 2020 The three “Phototeers” got an early start and headed up toward Rugby, TN for a day of shooting in that neck of the woods. We traveled up US-127 toward Crossville and remembered the Rock City barn that is on US-127.  We stopped and took a few shot of it which came … Read more

2020-06-02 – Sunset at Harrison Bay #2

Dateline: June 2, 2020 I had been watching the clouds all afternoon hoping for a beautiful sunset.  And, sure enough, it was developing to be a really nice one. So, my wife and decided to go check it out and see if I could get some decent shots. We went to a pull-off on US-58 … Read more

2020-05-28 – Sunset at Harrison Bay #1

Dateline:  May 28, 2020 The three “Phototeers” decided to meet up and do a sunset shoot on the US-58 highway north of Chattanooga on Harrison Bay which is part of the Tennessee River. We first toured through Harrison Bay State Park looking for a good location to shoot the sunset from.  We stopped at a … Read more

2020-05-13 – UT Botanical Gardens Road Trip

Dateline: May 13, 2020 The three “Phototeers” rolled out early and met up in Soddy Daisy to head to the University of Tennessee Botanical Gardens in Knoxville, TN. We went up US-27 Highway and then turned on US-68 heading east to Watts Bar Dam.  I had recently seen some images of the Watts Bar Nuclear … Read more

2020-04-28 – Road Trip to Greeter Falls

Dateline: April 28, 2020 Since waterfalls are one of our favorite things to photograph, the “Phototeers”  met up and headed to Greeter Falls which is located in South Cumberland State Park, near Altamont, TN.  The park is approximately 57 miles from where I live so it only took about an hour and fifteen minutes to … Read more

2020-03-15 – First Visit to Gibbs Gardens

Dateline: March 14, 2020 The photography club I am a member of, the Chattanooga Photographic Society, had an outing to Gibbs Gardens which was selected as the second-best botanical gardens in the United States.  The Gardens received the 2020 Award of Excellence, the nation’s highest award presented by the Garden Clubs of America.  Gibbs also … Read more

2020-03-05 – Road Trip to Wartburg & Obed

Dateline: March 5, 2020 On an early spring morning, we headed out to Wartburg, TN to photograph some of the old buildings in the downtown area. “Constructed in 1904, Morgan County’s iconic courthouse and square anchor the community’s central business district.  The tower houses a 900-pound bell and four-sided clock with four-foot hands.  The only … Read more

2020-02-17 – Amicalola Falls

Dateline: February 17, 2020 Our destination on this brisk February day was Amicalola Falls near Dawsonville, GA.  We had been to Amicalola Falls once before back in 2019, and that visit resulted in a (now) funny story. In 2019 when we went to Amicalola Falls for the first time we had no idea how to … Read more