Thursday, September 16, 2010

Pinnacle Overlook--Vickie Henderson

I visited the Cumberland Mountain National Historical Park this past Sunday, a gorgeous day after a Saturday of steady rain.  The park is 24,000 acres located where the states of Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia come together in the Appalachian Mountains.  When I first arrived around 8 a.m. the fog was too thick to see the view below so I waited a while and enjoyed the calls of a Pileated Woodpecker and an unexpected visit from a Yellow-billed Cuckoo.  As the fog lifted, a spectacular view emerged.
This is the great divide, a gap created by two parallel ridge lines, a place where pioneers crossed into the west, many on foot--a real feat to imagine as you are viewing steep ridges that extend for miles on end and fade into the blue of the horizon.

To see images of this beautiful place and the nature it offers, visit A Bird Welcome to Cumberland Mountain National Historical Park at Vickie Henderson Art.  
You may also enjoy Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and a Sea Turtle at Vickie's Sketchbook for my perspective of how art and nature come together for me.

3 comments:

  1. Gorgeous landscape....love those near green mountains fading to the blue ones that just go on and on in the background. I truly can not imagine the grit and determination of those early Western settlers.

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