Levi Trentham House, Elkmont in Great Smoky Mountains

Elkmont: Once upon a time in the Great Smokies

Summertime is always the best of what might be. Charles Bowden If you stand still at Elkmont, you can almost hear summer. Kids laughing as they play tag around the old log cabins. Or waiting for lightning bugs to flicker at dusk. Mothers calling their kids in for supper. Old timers swapping tales of the […]

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Pink rose, morning sun - Knoxville, TN

Enjoy the Roses

We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon — instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today. Dale Carnegie Perhaps the coordinators of Knoxville’s 2021 Dogwood Arts Festival events had Dale Carnegie’s quote in mind as they invited guests to stroll through Open Rose Gardens two weekends in a […]

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Painted dogwood in UT Gardens

Lens-Artists Challenge 105: Spring

Knoxville is the ugliest city I ever saw in America, with the possible exception of some mill towns in New England. John Gunther, 1947 With that caustic statement (actually a blessing in disguise), Knoxville took note. We Knoxvillians had a pretty city then, but we have an even prettier city now. And to top it […]

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