This is the long suspension bridge over the Ocoee River Gorge at the Whitewater Center near Ducktown, Tennessee.
To the Cherokee, who named the scenic Ocoee River Gorge, this was the “apricot vine place.” To the whitewater enthusiasts who flock here
from all over the world, there’s only one word for the spot—fun.
TVA manages its dams to achieve a variety of purposes,
including recreation, and the three Ocoee dams are no exception.
The three Ocoee dams together generate more than 67,000 kilowatts
of electricity, using an ingeniously engineered system
to boost the river’s power.
The dams also make the Ocoee one of the premier sport rivers
in the Southeast.
Site of the 1996 Summer Olympics whitewater competitions,
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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