The Spine of Time

The title, The Spine of Time is borrowed from a book by Harry Middleton, On the Spine of Time, which chronicled Harry’s journeys through the Smoky Mountains as a young fly fisherman. It was a very influential piece of work in both its writing style and its infusing in me a desire to explore the Smoky Mountains as both a hiker and angler. The words from chapters such as Bagpipes on Hazel Creek, Mountain Stones, and Deep Creek Time are still with me today when I visit the Smokies on my frequent photography trips, even though it’s been well over ten years since I’ve read the book. It’s still in print today and in my opinion, no better word picture of the Smokies has ever been written. The image above is dedicated to the late author, because as I was creating this photograph the title immediate sprang to mind.

Today I am making the 3-hour drive to the Tennessee side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and will be spending the next 10 days there. Before leaving, I uploaded a new gallery to my website which showcases some of my favorite Smoky Mountain images.

Smoky Mountains Collection

I hope to add to this collection upon my return.

I’ve also updated the Earth and Light Collection as well, so please take a look when you get the chance. I hope to soon add to this collection as well if I can ever find the time.

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  1. Posted April 11, 2013 at 10:11 am by Jeanie | Permalink

    What an honor to that author, beautiful photo you’ve created. Love your work on your web site.
    Enjoy your 10 days in the Mts. It’s so pretty now

  2. Posted April 11, 2013 at 11:41 am by Deborah Hughes | Permalink

    Have never visited the Smokies, but your picture and related book review are tempting.

  3. Posted April 12, 2013 at 3:32 am by Maristella | Permalink

    Thank you Richard for sharing these pictures… Watching them makes my heart remember of the Infinite… I really hope I can join one of your workshops one day. Love

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