Travel Post from Norris Lake: The Walk Outside Our Door

Looking Over Norris Lake (Photograph: Ross Peters)

I wrote a blog in December entitled, “Travel Post From Atlanta: The Walk Outside Our Door,” in which I argued one doesn’t have to get far away to get away. We have been spending the last week on Norris Lake in East Tennessee. This is a place that is as familiar to us as our home in Atlanta. While we have been here many times over the last eight years or so, I had never taken the walk all the way up the hill back up to the road. Instead I had worked out in the small fitness center watching CNN and listening to music on the headphones.

One of the docks at Stardust Marina (Photograph: Ross Peters)

This year I have largely abandoned the fitness center in order to head uphill and pay more attention to where we are. Each day I have taken the hour long walk I have seen different things, including a red fox and a great horned owl. I have also seen rabbits everywhere.

A not-so-rare rabbit (Photograph: Ross Peters)

I have only taken the camera with me once, and unfortunately it was the haziest day so far. I am still learning the hard way to take the camera every time both because of the photographs I will miss otherwise and because of the fact that having it influences the way I see what is around me. I wrote about this idea on a post entitled, “A Way of Seeing: Learning to Make Photographs.” In short, I notice more and observe somewhat differently when I have a camera. For instance, I had walked by the tree below several times before I took notice of the plank that has grown up within it. Any idea how this happened?

Oak Tree (Photograph: Ross Peters)

Because of the early morning fog and haze, the walk didn’t offer up any great shots of the big view from the ridge top, but being naive, I tried to get one any way.

An earnest attempt at the long view (Photograph: Ross Peters)

At the top of the ridge is the Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church. Its cemetery has very recent stones as well as some weathered limestone ones that appear to go back to the mid-1800s. I particularly liked the wreaths on the door.

Church Doors of the Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church (Photograph: Ross Peters)

After the stop by the church the walk is all down hill detouring from the route back to the start in order the stop by the marina. Down below even with the dry conditions this summer, the foliage is lush enough to provide respite from the heat if not the humidity.

View looking down the road to the Stardust Marina (Photograph: Ross Peters)

From the Marina it is a short walk along the lake back to where we are stay.

Heading home (Photograph: Ross Peters)

2 thoughts on “Travel Post from Norris Lake: The Walk Outside Our Door

  1. Linda Alexander July 9, 2012 / 6:51 am

    I enjoyed your photographs and reflections!

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