Smack dab in the middle
of the October autumn color,
in the Cherokee National Forest
near the North Carolina border.
The trail to Benton Falls
starts next to this gorgeous
mountain lake, fed by the springs
under the clay and rock beds
of this beautiful spot
in the Chilhowee Recreation Area.
The trail is quite easy,
about one and a half miles
to a very pretty waterfall.
The trail in the fall is full of color,
shaded by large maple
and oak trees.
The lake is open to swimmers
and motor-less boats,
the water is cool and fresh,
and during the summer
is full of happy families
playing in the shallow clean 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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