An abandoned railroad track
in Murphy, North Carolina
is shown here
on a misty autumn morning
meandering along the Valley River
and under the old highway through town.
The historically important Murphy Branch
is the western most part
of what was the
Western North Carolina Railroad,
later the Richmond and Danville,
and today the Norfolk Southern Railway.
The branch runs between Asheville, North Carolina
in the east and Andrews in the west.
It roughly follows Interstate 40
and the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway.
The railroad branch was constructed
with convict labor between 1881 and 1894.
Today the section of the branch
between Asheville and Sylva
is owned and operated
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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