The deep orange of the horizon reached toward the dark blue of the sky.
The clouds stretched across the sky.
The river was rushing by.
The bridge began to light up with bright white lights.
There's so much happening in this photograph that I don't normally get to see.
Beyond the deep intense orange giving way to the deep blue, in this photo you can see Catalina Island to the left, two oil rigs toward the middle and Long Beach to the right.
I like how the lights of the city line the water, waiting patiently for the full darkness of night to come.
Rutledge Falls is a hidden paradise, just steps away from civilization. Nestled nicely in the rolling hills of Central Tennessee, Rutledge Falls lies less than one hundred yards from the road but makes you feel miles away from everything.
Cummins Falls is located in Cummins Falls State Park which is about an hour and half east of Nashville.
The falls is located at the bottom of a 1.5 mile hike from the parking area. It's a beautiful hike through a nice wooded area down to the river. Once at the river, it's a short 1/4 hike along side and through the river to the falls.
The falls is in a beautiful cove like area. The walls of the falls curve around to form one side of a peaceful swimming hole. The other side is surrounded by boulders creating ample perches for the many visitors that frequent the falls during the summer.
I found this bridge in the Big South Fork National Reserve. There's so many things about it that I loved instantly.
It's in a beautiful gorge area, crossing a pristine river, surrounded by forrest.
It looks old and broken, like a flood came through and destroyed it.
And it looks like it leads to nowhere. There's a hint of a trail on the other side but you can't quite make it out. A hint of adventures had a long time ago trapped in a time capsule of nature.
I spent a couple hours standing in the middle of this scene and it never got old. The water swirling and playing around my legs was cool and refreshing. The crisp spring air grew a chill as the sun slipped further and further behind the mountains. It was an incredibly connection with the world.
This is Angel Falls at the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. It's less of a waterfall and more of a rapid, but beautiful none the less.
The falls reside at the end of a two mile hike down a picturesque (and easy) trail starting at the Leatherwood Ford parking area. The trail meanders along side the river providing both views of the river and hillside/cliffside that lines the river.
The falls itself sits at the end of the trail and while it wasn't exactly what I expected, once I sat there for a minute and took in the surroundings I was pleasantly surprised. The volume of water moving through the rapids is impressive. You can feel the power of the water bouncing and swirling around the rocks as it continues to make it's way down stream.