Sunrise on the Valley River in Murphy, North Carolina finds a touch of fog burning off as the sun rises out of the clouds and trees to form a brilliant star nestled in the branches of the big mahogany trees that line the banks of the river. This is one of the prettiest walks anywhere in the southern Appalachian mountains of western North Carolina...Murphy is a very historic town, the spot where the Trail of Tears began with the Cherokee Indians, a very sad day in the history of America...
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.
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 work is showcased in museums, galleries, and shows and on-line at www.CelebrateLifeGallery.com or on Facebook at Facebook.com/CelebrateLifeGallery
Winner of the Americana category at the Smithsonian Magazine's 7th Annual International Photo Contest with the image "Scenic Overlook"
Winner of the Light Space and...
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