Summer Wanderings Part 6: Tennessee

Exploring the Underbelly of Eastern Tennessee

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It’s official – we’ve finally buckled down to give you that final post from our summer adventures – featuring Tennessee!  We didn’t spend a lot of time in Tennessee on this trip – in fact, we the only time we spent shooting in Tennessee was underneath it!  Way back in 2009, we first visited Bristol Caverns, and we thought it was high time to make another visit.  The cavern system was first discovered by the indigenous people of the region, and was used as both storage and refuge for the tribe’s raiding parties during the colonial period.  Fast forward a few centuries, and the cave was equipped with concrete paths and steps – even a bridge – and opened to the public for regular tours.

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On our visit, some 70 years after the first public tours began, we took the whole family along for our spelunking adventure.  The caves, carved out of the Tennessee limestone, offer an easy way to explore the cavernous spaces and amazing formations, without having to squeeze through skinny spots or contort yourself into pretzel-like shapes to traverse the cave system.  There are several sections open to the public via guided tour – with another section three times as large as the current area, being prepared for future tours.  The cave even has a stream running through its lower depths, complete with sundry wildlife.

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Summer Wanderings Part 6: Tennessee

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Fine Art Follies – Thanksgiving in Appalachia

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If you were wondering just how behind we have become, this post, consisting of photos from a fine art shoot in November, should prove evidence enough!  It was the week after this shoot that we discovered Bryn had breast cancer – and it has been a solid 6 months of business since then.  Thankfully, Bryn’s prognosis is good and we were able to handle a couple large surges in business even with Bryn going through chemo.  The months have been hard but fruitful – a blessing of sorts that we would never have asked for, but are thankful to have experienced.

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But I digress.  A bit about the photos: We went up to Abingdon, Virgina just before Thanksgiving to spend some time with family.  As always, I take the opportunity of a trip to explore and shoot some fine art photography.  This time, I focused on the old and dilapidated remains or homes and barns in hill country around Abingdon.  One house that especially struck me was this once grand home, with full porch and substantial size, yet abandoned and falling in.  It makes you wonder why a home is just left and abandoned.  And this was just one of many homes along a short stretch of hilly back road suffering the same fate.  Later on, we took a trip to Bristol Speedway to drive the track and enjoy their massive Christmas light display.  Check out all our favorites from the trip below!

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