Amazing Photo Road Trip!

I had the rare opportunity to indulge my passion for both photography and sports cars by taking a road trip this past July through Arkansas, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and then back through Tennessee and Arkansas on the way home to Texas. Not only did I get to see and photograph some of the most beautiful scenery in these states but also drive some of the most incredible roads for sports cars (a Porsche Boxster in this case) including the well-known "Tail of The Dragon" - a section of Highway 129 that winds through the Smoky Mountains between North Carolina and Tennessee. The "Tail" section is the portion of Highway 129 that has 300 turns within an 11 mile stretch. The beautiful scenery and cool mountain air was refreshing (causing me to frequently stop at traffic "pull-outs" in the road to take photos) but the drive was also exhilarating - that are no roads like that in Texas that I'm aware of! After visiting Fall Creek Falls in Tennessee the trip quickly became an adventure searching for beautiful waterfalls and fortunately I was going in the right direction. Some of the parks and sites on my trip were: Hot Springs, Arkansas; Fall Creek Falls State Park in Tennessee; Aiken, South Carolina; Issaqueena Falls in South Carolina; Bridal Veil Falls near Highlands, North Carolina; Asheville, North Carolina; Looking Glass Falls and Connestee Falls near Brevard, North Carolina; Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, NC; and the "Tail of the Dragon" in NC and TN.

So now I'm in the process of going though about 600 images (including quite a few exposures that were bracketed or shot with a variety of f stop combinations) that I have already whittled down to about 300 which will eventually be whittled down much further to separate those for stock and/or fine art prints.

If you're not familiar with this part of the U.S. and think you would like to visit this area, I would be most happy to provide you with more detail about my trip and some of places I visited. Feel free to send an email to

I usually take a long time to get around to submitting my material to stock sites but I quickly prepared the images below of Looking Glass Falls. The best shots are yet to be prepared (and could remain as fine art only) but I hoped these three would be useful as stock images.

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Photo credits: Ken Hurst.

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Thanks Jennifer! You do too!


You rock!


Thanks for the kind words Irisangel (M Vetter) - the "cartoon eyes" thing (and I wonder if I really named the file appropriately considering the eyes aren't technically cartoons - just cartoonish - maybe "cartoonish eyes" would have been better) was a rare moment of creativity for me.


Hi Joanna

I'm sure you're going to enjoy that trip. The part I left out in my blog was how much I enjoyed being in a cooler climate for awhile (Texas high temps over 100 in the past few weeks). Your balloons shots are wonderful. Some of those balloons look familiar - there was a balloon fest near where we live and I put up a few editorial with some regular submissions to follow later. I noticed that the balloon festival you photographed was in Anderson, SC - I went through there on my way north from Aiken - maybe you live in that area so I probably can't tell you much that you don't know already. Beautiful country - I love the mountains of NC - I'm hoping to make a return trip.

Have a wonderful trip - I know you will find a lot to photograph.



Wonderful shots! Lots of luck with them, your portfolio is pretty amazing. CARTOON EYES IN BINOCULARS is my favorite, very creative.


those are beautiful photos of the falls. We will be going to most of the same places you mentioned in NC along the Blueridge parkway nest week. I just LOVE that part of the country. Hope to get some great shots as well!

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