Wednesday, September 9, 2009

MORE CUMBERLAND FALLS PHOTOS


A few more photos to share of the Cumberland Falls trip while I catch up with things around here.

I think I enjoyed the water reflections as much as the falls.








Taking a 2 hour hike on the other side of Cumberland Falls, you get another viewpoint...and can walk down to Eagle Falls if you have the stamina and don't mind climbing over very large boulders just before reaching the smaller, but very pretty, falls.

Take my advice and, unless you just want the extra exercise, do not take the steps straight up (136 of them) to the gorge overlook. Nothing to see - maybe in the winter but not this time of year. And those steps didn't get any easier...and made me feel quite old when a young woman came by and began running up them!!


This sycamore's roots had been washed by the water and it had cut away the beach (nice, brown-orange sand), causing it to look like it was getting ready to get up and walk away.



















It had some interesting patterns in it's trunk and roots...very unreal in color and pattern.



Hope you enjoyed the photos. I'll get back to posting artwork - or talking about art - soon.

13 comments:

Ann Buckner said...

A beautiful area to photograph. Now are we going see a few landscape paintings from you?

Teresa said...

Love the last one Rhonda! It's pity you didn't get to see the moonbow but hey, that'll be a good excuse to return there,right? plus all those falls are amazing!

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

What a beautiful collection of photos of nature at its best with striking colours, reflections and patterns. Just made to be created into a painting everyone of them.

Vicki Greene said...

Great photos. Thanks for sharing. Sounds like you got your share of exercise.

RHCarpenter said...

Ann, you know I'm afraid of greens! ha ha
Teresa, yes, time to return another full moon - they say it's best in November.
Joan, lots of reference photos but I don't usually do landscapes - maybe I should break that habit (or non-habit).
Vicki, yes! Exercise it was!!! ha ha

Cindi said...

yummy photos!! i sure see lots of paintings from these.. maybe its time to give landscapes a try!!! thanks for sharing!!

Teresa said...

I have to jump in here again to tell you ms "I'm afraid of greens" Carpenter that I've become the ultimate defender of that last photo and you simply MUST paint something based on it, you've studied all your greens and you can handle them succesfully, will you miss the chance of painting something awesome from that photo? NO YOU WON'T lol.

Seriously Rhon, even if you use your colors of choice you have to give it a try, just imagine all the abstract posibilities it has.

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Cindi and Teresa! Teresa, are you talking about the photo of the reflections in the water or the sycamore tree trunk? I think you mean the reflections but you said the last photo and, to me, that's the first photo...hmmmm...
Anyway, would you believe I am actually working on something on yupo - a sort of collage of paintings from the trip - ??? You'll have to wait and see!

Christiane Kingsley said...

Rhonda,
I will repeat what has been said in the previous posts: beautiful photos to inspire fantastic paintings. My favorite is the sycamore tree: those roots offer so many possibilities...
I can't wait to see what you will come up with. I am sure it will be most creative.

Teresa said...

I'm talking about the last one Rhonda, the amazing roots. YAY! you're working on yupo! I'll wait patintly for sure :)

debwardart said...

Glad you enjoyed your getaway. We've been down there several times - used to wade out to some flat rocks just below the falls in my "younger days"! Gotta go in the fall - beautiful colors and not so many people!

Deb Léger said...

What a beautiful place!!!!!

RHCarpenter said...

Glad you all enjoyed the photos - it is a lovely area :)