by Debra and Dave Vanderlaan
...The birds are singing
in the trees,
the lake is placid and peaceful,
and the wildflowers
are blooming profusely
at this pretty high mountain lake
in the Cherokee National Forest
in the middle of Spring.
This is the Chilhowee Recreation Area
at the start of the Benton Trail
leading to a beautiful waterfall.
As you view this image,
you are struck with the urge
to either have a seat
on that comfortable wooden bench
to soak it all in,
or to jump into the canoe
and paddle out
to the middle of the lake
to enjoy the morning floating
on the fresh clear water...
After 30 years in the floral and plant nursery business, Debra and Dave Vanderlaan sold both businesses and turned their life-long photography hobby into full-time obsession. The Vanderlaans are both award-winning photographers and well-known both domestically and internationally.
Many of their images showcase the tropical landscapes of South Florida and the mountain vistas of the Smoky Mountains and many gorgeous scenes around the world. Their motto is Celebrate Life and that seemed a natural name for their gallery. Their images have been displayed in the Smithsonian Museum, North Carolina Museum of Art, Turchin Art Center in Boone NC, Palm Beach Photography Museum and many other museums and galleries around the country. Some of their...
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