The sun rises over the ocean at Deadwood Beach at Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve and Wildlife Management Area in Edisto Beach, SC on Friday, August 29, 2014. Copyright 2014 Jason Barnette

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina is like a sister city to Charleston just across the harbor. Anchoring one end of the infamous Ravenel Bridge, Mount Pleasant has lots of fun and exciting things to do; fine dining, outdoor recreation, and amazing sunset views. It’s one of my favorite places to visit in South Carolina, rivaling even […]

I felt like I had been driving along the two-lane forest service road for hours, but it had only been fifteen minutes. Some friendly locals in Tellico Plains told me I couldn’t miss the waterfall even through the lush vegetation surrounding it. So I just kept driving slowly around each curve in the road until, […]

My Favorite Time of Any Day in Cades Cove

The long chain of cars slowly inched along the paved loop road the exit, inching forward a few feet at time, like a deck hand reeling in the anchor. The chain of cars moved so slowly it was possible to have short conversations. “Getting anything good?” some would ask, nodding toward my two cameras on […]

There are so many amazing places to hike on the Appalachian Trail, but what if you just don’t have the time? While the AT is known for its remoteness in nature it is also easily accessible at the thousands of road crossings. These three locations in Northeast Tennessee are great places to strike out for […]

A massive wind storm toppled nearly every tree in the area hundreds of years ago, leaving only the stumps behind that made early visitors think of tombstones. Then in 1925 an intense fire burned through the area and the local flora has been slowly recovering ever since. These natural events and two beautiful waterfalls have […]

A large sign welcomes visitors to the “Highest Elevation on the Blue Ridge Parkway Motor Road”. At 6,053′ above sea level the Richland Balsam Overlook is the highest point on the entire Parkway and provides a stunning view of the lower mountain landscapes surrounding the peak. Take a selfie with the sign, enjoy a picnic, […]

The Cowee Mountain Overlook is one of the most stunning overlooks on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Located near Richland Balsam, the highest point on the Parkway, Cowee Mountain offers an uninterrupted panorama view of the local mountain landscapes. It’s a favorite spot for sunset photos, day trips, or people just passing through. But it will […]

I was driving along scenic Highway 11, also known as the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Byway, when I passed a sign that read “Wildcat Wayside”. I took note of the sign and promised myself some day I would investigate and learn what was located in the middle of nowhere. Little did I know I passed […]

Every day an hour before sunset I begin a routine that has become second nature to me: pull out a map, check the direction of sunset, and scout a location for a potential photo. I have several apps that help me with planning the location down to a specific GPS coordinate. I arrive at the […]

A Day at Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina

I was the first person of the day to arrive at the infamous Mile High Swinging Bridge. I’m not a fan of heights; more specifically I have a fear of falling from heights. So of course walking across the swinging bridge a mile above sea level and a few hundred feet above a chasm shouldn’t […]