A lovely autumn trail
into the forest
leading to Benton Falls,
part of the Cherokee National Forest
in the Chilhowee Recreation Area.
This is the prettiest trail
in the autumn,
with lots of color
in the maples
and oaks along the way.
The trail is easy,
with just a few undulations
leading up to the Benton Waterfall.
The waterfall is about
60 feet high
with the water
spilling over granite rocks.
The lighting is especially pretty
in the mornings with sunlight
creating rainbows in the misty water
and the trail is gorgeous
in the early summer
with the vibrant greens
but particularly in the autumn.
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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