At the top of the overlook
in the Cherokee National Forest
in the Chilhowee Recreation Area,
the sunset colors are gorgeous.
This image was captured
late in the autumn season,
the trees aflame with orange
and golden colors.
The lake in the distance
is Parksville Lake
and the highest mountain
The lake is held by
one of three dams
at the Ocoee River Gorge.
That river was used
in the 1996 Summer Olympics
for all of the whitewater sports.
The entrance to Chilhowee
is just a few miles down the road
from there between Ducktown
and Benton, Tennessee.
The area is full of hiking trails,
waterfalls, camping sites,
and off-road cycling trails.
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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