finds the crops of corn
early in their stage of growth,
perfect rows under the morning sun,
wisps of fog floating overhead.
The back roads of North Carolina
are filled with farms and pastures.
country feelings flow
through our veins
and into our hearts
as we travel
through the valley
between Murphy and Andrews.
The Smoky Mountains cradle
this valley along the Valley River
where the rich orange clay
offers the nutrients
for the crops
and cows to flourish..
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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